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New graduate management trainees begin health career

Three fresh faces have joined the growing graduate health management contingent at Northern Sydney. 

Kimberly Attenborough, Abby Kalac, and Peter Sutherland have joined the district in 2022 as trainees alongside the 2021 co-hort.

The two-year program has been created to establish tomorrow’s 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.

Kimberly completed a Bachelor of Health Science, and is hoping the program enables her to help others.

Making a difference was the main motivator for me
Kimberly Attenborough, graduate health management trainee

“We have a very strong health system in Australia, Sydney especially so I can’t wait to observe and absorb it all.”

Peter, who graduated from UNSW with a Bachelor of Statistics and Economics, said it was a previous NSLHD graduate who inspired him to apply.

“Sam Chapman, who just graduated from the NSLHD program, came to UNSW and gave a great presentation on her experience,” he said.

“After listening to what she said, I thought working here would be a really good opportunity.”

Abby, who completed a double degree in medical science and business majoring in accounting, said she was thrilled to be able to put her training to good use.

“I thought ‘what better way than to combine both of my degrees and work in an environment where I can combine business but also have a direct impact on the health environment’,” she said.

As the ‘grads’ settle into their groove, there is one thing they all agreed on: Northern Sydney seemed like the place to be!

“From day one, everyone has been so welcoming and willing to answer any questions we’ve had – you can tell it’s an environment where we are going to grow and people are going to support you,” Abby said.

Kimberly’s first placement is with District Chief Executive Deb Willcox, Peter is at Ryde with General Manager Heather Gough, while Abby is at Mona Vale with its General Manager Jennifer McConnell.

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