Former GDP participants – Lucy Ellis

Lucy Ellis, WA Health Graduate Program participant

Degree and graduate year

  • 2012 Graduate Development Program – General Corporate stream.
  • Bachelor of Health Science and Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Western Australia with majors in Public Health, Anatomy and Human Biology, Corporate Finance and Investment Finance.

What attracted you to WA Health’s graduate program?

The diversity of the program. Graduating with such broad degrees, I was interested in the program as it offered the experience of working within different areas of WA Health to help me refine where I wanted to work in the future. The supportive structure of the program and the professional development opportunities also made it attractive.

What areas did you work in while in the graduate program?

Placement 1: Nursing Informatics, Fremantle Hospital and Health Service
Placement 2: Health System Improvement Unit, Department of Health
Placement 3: Clinical Planning and Reform, Child and Adolescent Health Service.

What did you enjoy most about your graduate year?

The exposure I had to the West Australian health system. The opportunity to work at a department (central office), health service and hospital level meant I was able to get involved with and contribute to a vast range of projects that gave me the chance to work with many different people along the way.

What is your current position?

Senior Project Officer, Clinical Commissioning, Fiona Stanley Hospital

What does your current job involve?

My current job involves working with clinicians to plan and transition the clinical services scoped for the new Fiona Stanley Hospital. The role is varied and includes aspects of project management such as stakeholder engagement, risk management and issue resolution in addition to workshop facilitation, best practice research and writing specialty service plans.

What has been your most memorable experience while working in WA Health?

Shadowing a senior hospital executive for the day. It was a great opportunity to observe the day to day work of someone in this position, including the chance to attend some interesting executive meetings.

What advice do you wish someone had given you prior to starting your graduate year?

Take advantage of the flexibility you have as a Graduate to get involved in as many projects at your placement as you can, talk to as many people as possible, find out what they do, build your networks, and attend as many extra talks, seminars and professional development events as possible.

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