three people wearing graduation gowns.

Melissa Sinclair and Roya Kavoossi following their graduation with MNCLHD CE Stewart Dowrick.

Melissa and Roya: Future leaders in healthcare administration

May 09, 2024

Melissa Sinclair and Roya Kavoossi have graduated from the Australasian College of Health Service Management (ACHSM) Health Management Internship Program 2022-2023.

Melissa and Roya graduated with a Master of Health Service Management undertaken during their two-year internship program with the Mid North Coast Local Health District, hosted by a number of directorates and services which contributed to their broader understanding of health service delivery and development of management skills.

The graduation ceremony was held in Sydney on Friday 3 May.

Also attending was MNCLHD Chief Executive Stewart Dowrick, a strong supporter and past graduate of the program.

Mr Dowrick delivered the Kevin Dodd oration, congratulating the graduates on their achievement.

“The field of healthcare management is both rewarding and challenging. It requires a delicate balance of leadership, compassion, and strategic thinking,” Mr Dowrick said.

“Health services now demand a new breed of professionals – individuals who are versatile, adaptable, and innovative. Health graduates are expected to possess a diverse set of skills: you will need to be strong communicators, effective team players, and adept problem-solvers.

“Our interns have embraced these challenges with enthusiasm and have emerged as future leaders in healthcare administration.”

Kevin Dodd, the oration’s namesake, was a visionary leader who dedicated his life to improving healthcare delivery and management.

He passed away about 30 years ago, but his contribution to the New South Wales health service continues to be celebrated.

During his tenure as the Chief Executive Officer of Manning River District Hospital, Mr Dodd spearheaded numerous transformative initiatives that changed the landscape of healthcare delivery in regional areas.

“Kevin fostered a culture of continuous learning, and today, we can celebrate a healthcare system that is more resilient, responsive, and patient-centric than ever before,” Mr Dowrick said.

“As we commemorate Kevin Dodd’s legacy, let us reaffirm our commitment to upholding the values of quality and the integrity that he embodied. Let us continue to push the boundaries of healthcare excellence, embrace innovation, and strive for continuous improvement in our pursuit of better health outcomes for all members of our community.”

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