Meet our student

Thomas Galtieri Mr Thomas Galtieri

Course of study:
Masters of Health Information Management 2012

What made you decide to undertake Postgraduate studies?

I decided to take on this course to give me better career opportunities in a growing industry with lots of career options and ability to work towards higher roles quickly. I have a strong interest in health, but wanted to head into management and believe this course gives the best of both worlds.

What pathway did you take to La Trobe?

After completing Year 12, I studied Bachelor of Medical Science and Bachelor of Physiotherapy at La Trobe before deciding to take up further study in my Masters. I also worked as a Sports Trainer during Physiotherapy and work currently as an Auditor while completing my Masters.

What made you decide to enrol at La Trobe?

After seeing the open days, La Trobe appeared to have a fun and friendly atmosphere with lots of facilities to make the most of my study and good opportunities to have some fun between and after classes.

Where do you see the course taking you – do you have a specific job or career path in mind, or maybe further studies? Do you think your course gives you good career opportunities?

I would like to start working in clinical coding to get a solid foundation and apply my skill set; from there I would like to work towards getting a role in higher management. I enrolled in this course because of the ample opportunities for work since there is a shortage of qualified Health Information Managers across the country.

What do you like most about your campus?

My campus has great facilities for study – individual and group, and recreation. They are always expanding as well to create new facilities for the newer students.

Are there any other comments you’d like to make about your course or about La Trobe generally? Have you undertaken any placement?

I previously completed a placement at Cairns Base Hospital, which was a great way to experience working in a hospital which caters to both rural and metropolitan populations, and have a bit of a holiday as well!

I am also completing a placement at St. Vincent’s Private Hospital here in Melbourne, in which my role is pivotal in the operation of the hospital in terms of funding, improving quality and behind-the-scenes management.

Do you have any good tips for other students considering undertaking PG Studies?

Do your research to determine if this is the right course for you, but if you are looking for a career change or new direction, you won’t be disappointed.

This career is flexible enough to allow people of any age to be able to pick up the content of the course, work effectively and manage external factors such as family life during their career.

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