Sydney Local Health District

Overview of the Program

The Graduate Health Management Program aims to develop future leaders for the NSW Public Health System.

The program spans over 2 years commencing in February each year. Being part of this program, Graduate Health Management Trainees are employed on a temporary full time basis whilst undertaking their Masters Degree through the University of Tasmania.

Trainees complete three placements of four months duration in the first year followed by a 12 month placement in the second year.

You will be allocated a dedicated Mentor during each placement and will receive learning objectives to be met during your placements.

The Graduate Health Management Program has three Streams:

1. Health Services Management

The program aims to produce graduates who will be competent and capable health service managers ready to continue rewarding and challenging careers within the Local Health District and NSW Health System.

At the end of the Program, the majority of program participants move into operational management positions. Examples include Business Managers, Directors of Corporate Services and more senior positions including General Managers.

2. Health Information Management

The Graduate Health Management Program (GHMP) Health Information Management (HIM) stream is for individuals who are passionate about management and healthcare, who enjoy working in a dynamic workplace and have an interest in data analytics. Graduates throughout their two year program will work closely with experts in the fields of Activity Based Funding, eMR (electronic medical record), Clinical Coding, Privacy, Health Informatics and other HIM related areas. At the same time, graduates will be exposed and develop networks with senior managers and executive of the Local Health District that will provide opportunities to develop a broad understanding of how the fields of HIM relate to the overall management of the healthcare system.

Health Information Management Profession

The HIM profession is dynamic and diverse. The Activity Based Funding model and the growing use of the eMR requires you to work closely with clinicians and senior managers across the organisation. Health Information Managers are an invaluable workforce within many areas of the health system. The profession continues to diversify into the growing area of health informatics in addition to those more traditional areas associated with the department management of medical records, clinical coding, medico legal and privacy. As a Health Information Manager you will work on projects associated with service activity, clinical redesign projects, requests from the executive that influence service delivery, medico-legal requests, management of the paper and electronic medical record and staff management. These managers have the skillset necessary to analyse information and influence change to hospital service operations that will positively impact both the patient journey and the health organisation.


3. Sol Bellear Scholarship

Sol Bellear was a Bundjalung man from Mullumbimby in NSW. He was the long-time Chair of the Aboriginal Medical Service Redfern and awarded an Order of Australia for services to the Aboriginal Community in 1999. He was an integral leader in the partnerships we now have in Sydney Local Health District with our Aboriginal Communities. A scholarship has been established to recognise his contribution and to provide opportunities for growing future Aboriginal leaders in healthcare.

A competitive starting salary just one of the benefits

The Graduate Health Management Program is an opportunity for you to have a rewarding career in health services management or health information management under the mentorship of senior executive staff.

You will receive:

  • A competitive starting salary of around $60,000 per annum plus superannuation
    (subject to successful progression through the Masters of Health Service Management or Masters of Health Information Management)

  • Payment of your university fees

  • Provision of Master-Classes and Learning Sets at which senior executive staff give valuable time to teach

  • Sydney Local Health District also offers Salary Packaging, which is an employee tax benefit scheme that reduces your taxable income and increases your take home pay.

  • Leave entitlements such as Annual leave and Allocated Days Off (ADO)

This Program represents a unique opportunity where the Chief Executive makes a significant contribution to the development of your future career. The value that each trainee derives from this opportunity depends on the motivation and commitment of the trainee.

Program placements

There are a range of placements available. These will be determined by the Chief Executive.

Graduate Health Service Management Trainee placements may include:

  • Chief Executive, Sydney Local Health District
  • Director of Operations, Sydney Local Health District
  • Director, Clinical Services Integration, Sydney Local Health District
  • General Manager, Concord Hospital
  • General Manager, Canterbury Hospital
  • General Manager, Balmain Hospital
  • General Manager, Sydney Dental Hospital
  • General Manager, Community Health, Sydney Local Health District
  • Chief Operating Officer, Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Healthcare
  • Chief Financial Officer, Department of Finance, Ministry of Health
  • Chief Executive, St Vincent’s Hospital

Health Information Management Placements include:

  • Performance Unit, Sydney Local Health District
  • Patient Services and Information Department, Concord Hospital
  • Clinical Information Department, Canterbury Hospital

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Study while you work

For the duration of your Program you will be enrolled in either a Master of Health Services Management or a Master of Health Information Management through the University of Tasmania (UTAS).
The District funds your University fees and reimburses you for any compulsory textbooks.

You are required to attend six Master Classes per year, held on a Friday and Saturday.

You will be provided with leave from work to attend on a Friday and you will be expected to attend in your own time on Saturday.

Funded through the District, the University provides a Professorial position, located on the Rozelle Campus, to support the Program.

You are also required to complete a number of courses offered through the District’s Education Centre – The Centre for Education
and Workforce Development (CEWD).

Sydney Local Health District is seeking people who are motivated, flexible and innovative who want to work in a challenging and rewarding team environment.

Graduates for this program are recruited from a range of backgrounds including, but not limited to, Accounting, Allied Health Sciences, Arts, Behavioural Sciences, Business, Commerce, Communications, Economics, Human Resources / Industrial Relations, Law and health related fields.


To be eligible to apply applicants must:

  • Possess an undergraduate Degree from a recognised University (to check your qualifications will be recognised please contact the University of Tasmania at

  • Be an Australian Citizen or Permanent Resident

  • Meet the selection criteria set out in the application. The selection criteria includes communication skills, leadership and management qualities, interest in health service management, analytical thinking and problem solving and decision making skills


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