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Brodene Straw

(Master of Health Services Management)

After originally completing a Bachelor of Commerce through Curtin University, I was keen to undertake further studies in the area of health management and administration.

I started with the Postgraduate Diploma of Health Administration, then took a year off to participate in the WA Department of Health’s Graduate Development Program.

I then returned to part-time study the following year with the intention to convert the Postgraduate Diploma to the Master of Health Services Management. I really appreciated the flexibility offered by the course, as I was able to undertake a unit per semester (sometimes studying externally) and balance this with full-time employment.

During the course, I learnt a great deal about the complexities of the health system and the interaction of the various components. The study units that I undertook gave me a good understanding of health policy, leadership, health information management, and safety, quality and service improvement.

My current role with the Department of Health focuses heavily on health leadership and service improvement, so the Masters course provided an excellent theoretical foundation for this.

I was even able to tie my Masters research project into my work, which meant that my project had the potential to have a real impact on the health system.

I thoroughly enjoyed the Masters course and have found the knowledge that I gained to be invaluable to my current (and future) roles with the Department of Health.