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Why undertake a Short Course with UNSW Medicine?

UNSW Medicine has a rich history in building the future of the health industry. For more than 60 years our leading educators, researchers and clinicians have translated discoveries into breakthrough cures, public health strategies, policies and turned high achieving students into the leaders of healthcare with globally recognised qualifications. UNSW Medicine has partnered with the Australian Graduate School of Management (AGSM). Together, the UNSW Medicine-AGSM partnership will deliver practical and interactive experiences that will enable you to develop new skills, integrate the best evidence base into your practice, shift behaviours and catalyse the next stage in your career.


 

Your Professional Development Pathway

Not only do the short courses enable you to tailor your own pathway to reach your individual career goals sooner, they can also be counted towards your self-recorded continuing professional development for maintenance of professional registration and fellowship status. Furthermore, successful completion of an additional assessment task at the conclusion of your chosen short course will accrue 3 credit points. Upon accruing 15 credit points through completing UNSW Medicine short courses, you will receive an Executive Certificate in Health which may be submitted for Recognition of Prior Learning for 6 Units of Credit towards a Postgraduate Course in Medicine


 

Health Systems and Health Management Courses

The courses in health systems and health management, provide students with the essential knowledge, skills and attributes required for senior managerial roles in health services both in Australia and internationally. Each course series has been developed to assist healthcare professionals, managers and leaders of public and private health organisations to upskill or advance their knowledge in a particular area based on their prior experience.  


 

Browse our list of Health Management short courses by clicking on the Series below:

Series 1 – From Clinicians to Healthcare Leaders

Series 1 – From Clinicians to Healthcare Leaders
 

Courses in Series 1 examine the foundations of health management from learning about the Australian Healthcare System to understanding how to lead teams and to creating a positive culture within the healthcare environment. This series has been designed for health professionals from public and private health organisations who are making the transition from individual contributor to leader and influencer of people, or who have been leading others within the last 12 months in a clinical context or health care setting.

•   Course 1: Introduction to Australia’s Healthcare System     

With a focus on consumer experience and how the Australian healthcare system is organised and delivered for patients, the course offers participants foundational knowledge of and strategic insight into the politics, structures, governance and funding arrangements within the Australian healthcare system. It is expected that at the end of this introductory course, participants will be equipped with the knowledge and insight required for moving into management and leadership roles in any healthcare setting within Australia. Through the progression of this course, participants will reflect on the future of health in Australia and the implications for roles in the leadership and management of health systems and services.

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•   Course 2: General Management in Healthcare 

This course offers participants foundational knowledge of and strategic insight into organisational planning and budgeting, resource implementation, service monitoring, program evaluation and innovation. The application of frameworks and tools to support general management in healthcare will enable participants to develop contextualised knowledge of management within the healthcare sector, with a focus on how health services are delivered to optimise consumer experience, value and care quality. At the end of this short course, participants will be equipped with tools and techniques for managing and leading an effective and efficient health service organisation and/or a health-related department or unit. Through the progression of this course, participants will reflect on the future of health in Australia and the implications for healthcare managers and leaders in general management of healthcare.


 

•   Course 3: Clinicians as Healthcare Leaders

With a focus on preparing clinicians for leadership roles within any healthcare setting in Australia, this course offers participants foundational knowledge of the capabilities required for leading healthcare teams and organisations now and in the future. At the end of this short course, participants will be equipped with an action plan comprising tools and techniques for becoming healthcare leaders in the Australian healthcare system and beyond. Through the progression of this course, participants will reflect on the future of health in Australia and the implications for clinicians transitioning into healthcare management and leadership roles.

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•   Course 4: High Performing Teams in Healthcare

With a focus on preparing clinicians for management and leadership roles in healthcare, this course offers participants foundational knowledge of and strategic insight into high performing teams. It is expected that at the end of this short course, participants will be equipped with a roadmap comprising tools and techniques for mobilising, developing and leading high performing teams in healthcare. Through the progression of this course, participants will reflect on the value of teams that demonstrate high performance in a healthcare setting for the future of health in Australia.


 

•   Course 5: Creating a Culture of Accountability in Healthcare

With a focus on preparing clinicians for management and leadership roles within any healthcare setting in Australia, this course offers participants foundational knowledge of and strategic insight into accountability in healthcare for fulfilling the fiduciary responsibilities to ensure patient safety and minimise harm. At the end of this short course, participants will be equipped with an action plan encompassing tools and techniques for increasing management accountability at all levels to encourage individual and organisational accountability for ensuring safety – moving from a reactive and punitive culture to a learning and accountable culture. Through the progression of this course, participants will reflect on the future of health in Australia and the implications for a learning culture that promotes and practices accountability at all levels of healthcare.


 

Series 2 – Moving Towards Value-Based Health Care (VBHC)

Series 2 – Moving Towards Value-Based Health Care (VBHC)
 

Courses in Series 2 cover the principles of value-based health care from understanding the theoretical basis through to designing and implementing value-based health systems. This series of courses has been designed for frontline and middle management to senior executive and leaders of public and private health organisations who aspire to innovate, transform and lead their health services towards value-based health care in Australia.

•   Course 1: Introduction to Value-Based Health Care in Australia

The course offers fundamentals of value-based health care to support health services as they consider how to evolve their health structures to better deliver what consumers value in health care, while improving outcomes and maximising efficiencies. It particularly emphasises the importance of establishing the principles for shifting from volume care to value care to achieve sustainability of any health structure in Australia. It is expected that at the end of this introductory course, participants will be equipped with the tools, knowledge and insight required for moving their health services towards value-based healthcare in Australia. Through the progression of this course, participants will reflect on the transformation of what “value” means in the context of modern healthcare and how to attain it.

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•   Course 2: Organisation Design and Structure for Value-Based Health Care

With a focus on placing patients at the centre of care and recognising what they value, the course offers tools and frameworks for designing health service organisations or health settings for value-based health care. Key focus areas in this course include strategy and policy, operating and service delivery models, process flows, organisational structures, roles, skills, staffing, governance, culture and technology arrangements.

It is expected that at the end of this course, participants will be ready to identify their current operating model and the future of healthcare organisation or specific health setting conducive to value-based health care. Through the progression of this course, participants will reflect on the transformation of what “value” means in the context of modern healthcare and how to attain it through effective organisational design and structure.


 

•   Course 3: Implementing Value-Based Health Care

With a focus on placing patients at the centre of care and recognising what they value, the course offers strategic insight, tools and frameworks for managing and leading change for implementing value-based health care. It is expected that at the end of this course, participants will be ready to strategically plan, deliver and sustain change for moving towards value-based health care. Through the progression of this course, participants will reflect on the transformation of what “value” means in the context of modern healthcare and how to attain it through change management and leadership.


 

•   Course 4: Navigating Politics for Impactful Change

Navigating Politics for Impactful Change offers tools and techniques for navigating workplace politics constructively to engage and influence others moving towards value-based health care. It is expected that at the end of this course, participants will better understand and recognise that variable relationship dynamics and unwritten rules exist in their health services to authentically lead and work more productively with others for impactful change. Through the progression of this course, participants will reflect on the transformation of what “value” means in the context of modern healthcare and how to attain it through engaging and collaborating with others at all levels of the health organisation.


 

•   Course 5: Workforce Planning and Development for Value-Based Health Care

With a focus on placing patients at the centre of care and recognising what they value, the course provides tools, techniques and frameworks for planning and developing a workforce that is conducive to operating within value-based health care context in Australia. It is expected that at the end of this course, participants will have a better knowledge, understanding and insight of workforce planning and its importance as a critical management planning tool for transitioning to value-based health care. Key areas of learning include what to consider when planning for workforce planning and development: objective, resource requirements, scope, timeline, stakeholder engagement and risk management.

The course is also helpful if you are looking to build a business case for executive buy-in for workforce planning and development in your health setting. Through the progression of this course, participants will reflect on the transformation of what “value” means in the context of modern healthcare and how to attain it through workforce planning and development for value-based health care.


Series 3 – General Short Courses for the Future of Work in Health Care

Series 3 – General Short Courses for the Future of Work in Health Care
 

Courses in Series 3 have been designed for healthcare professionals, managers and leaders who aim to engage, influence, solve problems and lead others during demanding and uncertain times and into the future of healthcare. These courses are structured around the development of the required skills needed by effective leaders and managers in the health industry.

•   Course 1: Being Human at Work: Emotional Intelligence as a Tool

The course provides insight and approaches for engaging with others through practical applications of emotional intelligence. Through the progression of this course, we explore how our emotions can be applied as one of the critical management strategies to lead others and make decisions in demanding and uncertain times. At the end of this course, participants will reflect on and be equipped with tools and techniques for inspiring others through enhanced self-awareness, resilience, mindfulness and empathy.


 

•   Course 2: Organisational Change Management

With an emphasis on the future of health, the course offers tools, insight and approaches around what it means to lead, engage, influence and relate with others in diverse health settings in readiness for planned or unplanned change. At the end of this course, participants will be ready to prepare, facilitate, manage and lead others through organisational change management covering people, process, technology and culture. This course will also explore the integration of change management with your health service strategy and project management to ensure the management of change is conducted in a holistic sustainable manner. Through the progression of this course, participants will reflect on the future of health and the future of work in healthcare and the implications for managing and leading change in individuals, teams, units, projects, health service organisations or health systems at the industry sector level.


 

•   Course 3: Workforce Planning and Development

With an emphasis on the future of health, the course offers tools, insight and approaches for workforce planning and development. Throughout this course, participants will reflect on the implications of the future of health and the future of work in healthcare for workforce planning and development. At the end of this course, participants will be equipped with the knowledge and skills for preparing their health services towards the future of work in health care through workforce planning and management skills including talent and human capital management.


 

•   Course 4: Business Process Re-Engineering

The course offers tools and methods for improving health service performance on key clinical or non-clinical processes that affect the workforce and consumers. Through the progression of this course, participants will reflect on the implications of the future of health and the future of work in healthcare as they redesign core business processes to achieve improvements in workplace productivity, reduce costs and cycle times, and increase care quality. At the end of this course, participants will be equipped with the competencies and capabilities for re-engineering business processes to enhance value, effectiveness, and efficiency in the utilisation of resources in health care organisations.


 

•   Course 5: Project Management within Health Care

Project Management within Health Care offers tools and methods for managing clinical or non-clinical projects within health care in Australia. Whether you contribute to projects, manage single or multiple projects or sponsor projects that are agile, or are responsible for a project portfolio or a team of project managers, this course will equip you with the skills and knowledge in project planning, team mobilisation, governance, project leadership and budget management, stakeholder communications and engagement, agile project execution and control, risk management, and project closure.

Through the progression of this course, you will reflect on the implications of the future of health as you manage and lead projects through the 21st century. At the end of this course, you will be prepared to think outside the box about project management and how it can be adopted as one of the management tools to deliver value to your health service organisation and consumers.


View structure of Health Management short course offerings

Our short courses consist of a series of interactive workshops focusing on skills, knowledge and attitudes for application. Below is an example of the structure of our UNSW Health Management short course offerings:

Pre-work   Course prework will comprise of approximately 2 hours of pre-readings of relevant research papers, case studies or commentaries. In addition, students are required to spend approximately 1 hour creating a self-development action plan for use throughout the course.
 
 
Course   6 x 2-Hour engaging workshops through webinars over a 1-2 week block with critical reflections on evidence-based approaches through case studies. Focus will be on practical, take-away tools with interactive exercises and contemporary thinking which is immediately deployable in multiple healthcare settings and clinical contexts. You will hear from inspirational leaders in the field gaining their insights and lessons learnt.
 
 
Coaching   Virtual coaching following the webinar sessions to enable you to draw links between theory and your own practice.
 
 
Application   At the conclusion of the course, you will apply your newly acquired knowledge into your workplace within a supportive framework.
 
 
Assessment
(Optional)
 

Satisfactory completion of an optional assessment task will enable you to gain 3 credit points towards an Executive Certificate in Health (total of 15 credit points required). The Executive Certificate in Health can be used as 6 units of credit of Recognised Prior Learning towards a postgraduate program in the School of Public Health and Community Medicine.

 

 

 

Your Career Opportunities

Within Australia and internationally, there is strong demand for healthcare leaders and managers to work in the public and private healthcare sectors. Our alumni include many senior healthcare leaders at system and service levels in Ministries of Health and across both private and public healthcare facilities in both the primary and tertiary care sectors.

The skills and knowledge that you obtain through the short course programs can be applied throughout your career from junior clinical positions right through to senior management at health service and health system levels.

These programs are ideal for those looking for a career in:

  • health services management
  • health services chief executive officers
  • government and non-government policy
  • medical communications
  • medical insurance management
  • health program management
  • health care consultancy 
  • health economics