Since completing my EMPA in 2009, Debbie Hsu has worked in senior leadership roles within WA Health, predominantly in the child and adolescent mental health (CAMHS) sector, including a stint as Executive Director CAMHS in Perth. She then joined the Perth Children's Hospital project team to work with clinical and non-clinical staff on the changes and reforms resulting from the improved technological capabilities at the new facility.
Hsu moved to Melbourne in 2016 to take up the position of Executive Officer at the Australian Psychological Society. This role is wide-ranging, as it has a strategic communications focus both internally and external to the organisation. The APS is the leading organisation for psychologists in Australia, representing nearly 23,000 members, and is the largest of all non-medical health professionals organisations in Australia. In a way, this is a full circle return, as she originally trained as a clinical psychologist and worked clinically for many years before moving into management and leadership positions.
Hsu still has a soft spot for the public sector and have maintained links informally through the ANZSOG alumni network, as well as more formally through involvement in a Victorian government working group on child mental health, and through being a category judge for the Victorian Public Healthcare Awards.
She continues to champion the benefits of the EMPA degree and ANZSOG in general and can vouch for the benefits that her studies have brought to her work, both within and outside the public sector.