School of Public Health and Community Medicine

Student Profile

Cassandra Jordan
Master of Health Management
Mode of study : 
Part-time, Internal
Country : 
Australia
Previous Education : 
Bachelor Applied Science (Health Information Management) (UOS), Associate Diploma (Medical Record Administration) (CCHS), Certificate Personnel Administration (TAFE)

The health management courses at the School were highly regarded, and were also recommended by several colleagues who had completed them. I was at a point in my career where I was enjoying my part-time hospital role, continuing to volunteer for my profession which I had done for decades and supporting our son who was studying at university. The attainment of a Masters qualification had been a personal and a professional goal of mine since completing the Health Information Management undergraduate degree. The Health Information Management undergraduate degree included management and leadership studies and this Master of Health Management built onto these studies in more depth and relevancy to our contemporary life.

Most important thing you learned

From my personal perspective, I learnt to have confidence in imparting the knowledge and skills I have gained in the workplace and professional environments. It consolidated my passion for teaching and mentoring workplace employees and students. From my professional perspective, I learnt that to be a good leader and a good manager, requires education and ongoing professional development.

Most challenging thing about your studies

Consolidating the significant amount of knowledge, teachings, discussions and readings into the required assessments. However, this challenge was not unsurmountable, and the University resources were extensive.

Enjoyed the most

The opportunity presented to me to gain contemporary knowledge from the wonderful lecturers and guest lecturers and my student colleagues. These lecturers were internationally recognised in their areas of expertise. Equally enjoyable was the development of friendships with my student colleagues.  The respect I had for academic staff was rigorously reinforced.

Message to newly commencing students

Embrace the lifestyle that UNSW presents to you. The lecturing staff are extremely professional and enthusiastically teach units and evidence-based research. The discussions are wonderful tools to share with student colleagues. Engage with the international students who will return to their positions and take their Australian experience to their workplaces and lives. Reach out to these colleagues and offer to participate in research and knowledge-sharing.  Maintain these friendships. I am a member of the International Federation of Health Information Management, and my studies permitted me to advocate membership of this association as a networking and learning opportunity for the domestic and international students.

How will your degree assist in your career

I developed more understanding of the process of research, written research articles, presentation of evidence-based findings and a patience for literature searches. It will assist me in supervising students in the workplace and teaching when it arises.  This degree is recognised world-wide, and as I utilise my studies in various capacities, it is all a significant contribution.