NSLHD News March 31 2023

NSLHD welcomes new graduate health management trainees The growing graduate health management contingent at Northern Sydney Local Health District has two new members. “It was from here that I first began to explore the world of public health; an area that was

not only fascinating to me, but that also presented a clear path to make a positive difference in the world.” James and Sasha said they have both been made to feel welcome since beginning the program “Everyone has been so helpful and welcoming at both our initial week long stint at Royal North Shore Hospital and for me now at Hornsby Hospital – it has been a fantastic start,” James said. “Everyone has been so welcoming and happy to answer any questions. I’ve felt very fortunate already to be in an environment which is so friendly and geared towards helping you learn,” Sasha said.

James Boland and Sasha Nielsen have joined NSLHD as part of the 2022 iteration of the program and will work alongside the 2022 cohort. The two-year program has been created to establish the next generation of leaders in health management. They will be provided opportunities to gain work experience in a number of areas including executive and operational management as well as finance. Sasha completed a Bachelor of Psychology at the University of New South Wales. Her first placement is at Ryde Hospital under the mentorship of Acting General Manager Jenny McConnell. Sasha said a big part of what motivated her to join the program was her desire to help people live their healthiest lives whilst learning from public health leaders.

“I have always wanted to contribute to helping people live their healthiest lives and pursued

psychology thinking I wanted do that as a clinician,” she said.

“Throughout my degree I realised my passion was broader and I wanted to make the capacity to live a healthy life something attainable for everyone. “When I saw there was an opportunity in my local health district to learn from people leading the way in public healthcare, I was interested right away.” James completed a Bachelor of Psychology from the University of Sydney and his first placement is at Hornsby Hospital under General Manager Simon Hill. James said his experience during his studies played a big role in wanting to join the public health system. “My honours research took me into the field of health psychology, specifically in the areas of vaccination messaging and social influences on treatment side-effects,” he said.

Sasha Nielsen and James Boland



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