Giving back to the health system

After moving from Samoa to Auckland with her family in 2020,  Tala was looking forward to re-igniting her career as an Electrical Engineer.

However, this time around, Tala was keen to explore how she could use her skills and experience, to give back to the community she now calls home.

“I spent two years in healthcare facilities around Auckland, supporting my sister through her cancer treatments,” says Tala.  

“When looking to get back into the workforce, I wanted to give back to the health system that helped my loved ones and I.

“When the opportunity came to study a Masters of Engineering Project Management (MEPM- Health) at the University of Auckland and join Te Whatu Ora Health New Zealand as a Centre of Excellence Health Infrastructure (CEHI) Trainee, I didn’t hesitate.” 

Tala says there are many benefits to being a CEHI Trainee, including the integration into project management being well supported by the university, as well as the paid part-time work at different Te Whatu Ora districts.

“As a CEHI Trainee you get to meet experts in the field and work on a diverse range of health infrastructure projects. At the end of your study and training, you have the skills and knowledge to lead and deliver health infrastructure projects across Aotearoa.”

For Tala, the most exciting part of this journey is being able to build better healthcare infrastructure for future generations.

“I’m doing this for my children, so they get to experience the best health care and facilities we have to offer. 

“It’s nice to know I can be a part of that.”   

CEHI applications are now open for 2023. To find out more click here      

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