Traineeship offers a new direction

Ashlin McKenna is thrilled with the diverse work her traineeship has provided.
Ashlin McKenna is thrilled with the diverse work her traineeship has provided.

WHEN Ashlin McKenna (26) prepared to graduate with a Bachelor of Sciences degree, she found herself at the crossroads.

The former violin teacher had majored in nutrition and her interest in general health spurred her on to attend a WA Health seminar about 12-month Health Graduate Development Program traineeships.

�I hadn�t considered doing a traineeship but I was inspired by other graduates� stories and decided to apply,� Ms McKenna said.

Now in its 12th year, the graduate program offers successful applicants an opportunity to complete 12 months full-time employment at WA Health and benefit from training and development opportunities.

Ms McKenna, a Wilson-resident, was selected from a pool of 420 applicants to undertake the traineeship and is now halfway through her second placement in the eating disorder program at Princess Margaret Hospital.

�I�m looking at improving the transition from the program through to adult services and making it a smoother journey for patients,� she said.

Ms McKenna said she believed she had a future in the department.

�I sought a broad range of experiences this year to give me a broad skill set; I�m really interested in a long-term position,� she said.

Applications are open for next year�s program, closing August 17. To apply, visit www.health.wa.gov.au