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Graduates will be able to analyse health systems, policies, and organisations from a business context. They'll successfully apply the theories examined in real-world settings and demonstrate leadership within the health sector.
This course could allow participants to carry out managerial responsibilities within a broad range of healthcare systems, primary health centres, hospitals or hospital networks, clinics, rehabilitation centres, non-government organisations or public health organisations.
Career opportunities could include:
- Business Administration Manager
- Corporate Services Manager
- Health Services Manager
- General Manager
- Health Promotion Officer
- Health Researcher
- Medical Administrator
- Policy and Planning Manager
- Program or Project Manager
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Fees and scholarships
Learn more about the fees that apply to you for this course.
Postgraduate - fee paying students
Scholarships are available to students from a diverse range of backgrounds, including academic achievement, financial need, educational disadvantage, leadership and community service, artistic or sporting achievements, and being from a rural or remote area.
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If you’re interested in furthering your career by studying this postgraduate degree, find out the admission details below.
(1)(a) a Bachelor's degree, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA;
(b) the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 50 per cent;
(c)at least two years professional experience in a relevant occupation; or
(2) Significant work experience including at least 5 years with a material level of responsibility.
Ranking and Selection Process
(a) a satisfactory personal statement, as recognised by UWA;
(b) two satisfactory referees, as recognised by UWA.
Applicants should submit their application online with the following documentation. High-quality colour scans of original documents are to be uploaded into the application portal prior to assessment.
- Original proof of citizenship (one of the following):
- passport (and visa if necessary)
- birth certificate
- Australian Citizenship certificate
- Original academic transcripts (unless previously from UWA)
- Proof of English language competency
- A personal statement
- A current curriculum vitae (CV) outlining your professional work experience
- Two referee names and contact details
Note: Hard-copy original transcripts and degree certificates from previous studies may be requested at any time as part of the process of verifying the authenticity of any documents provided with an application. Read more here about uploading scanned documents.
If you need assistance with the application process, please contact our Future Students Team.
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About the course
- Perth (Crawley campus)
- Trimester 1, 2 and 3
- Students can expect a time commitment of 12 hours per week per unit (comprising 3 hours contact time and 9 hours additional study time).
- This course is not available to international student visa holders
Postgraduate coursework degrees and combined (coursework and research) degrees comprise a number of units. Refer to the course structure for more information.
Prominent health-sector guest speakers contribute to the program, specifically the Health Systems, Policy and Governance unit.
The UWA Graduate Certificate in Health Leadership and Management benefits from the guidance of an industry advisory group, chaired by HBF Chief Executive John Van der Wielen. The group contains representatives of all facets of the health sector, including clinical, aged care and disability.
"Highly skilled and competent managers need to learn and master specific skills in leadership applied to healthcare systems if we, as a community, are to radically improve and transform Health to meet the future challenges in a cost-effective manner.
Despite the many experiences and challenges faced in my 20-year career in Clinical Healthcare, I have gained new insights into the unique challenges faced by leaders and clinical staff in the Health sphere through the unit 'Leadership in Healthcare'."
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Pathway to the MBA
This Graduate Certificate is a pathway to the Master of Business Administration (MBA) Flexible program.
Graduates who meet the Weighted Average Mark requirements can articulate into the MBA. Points completed for the Graduate Certificate will be fully credited towards the MBA.
UWA MBA graduates earn highest salaries nationally
Graduates of the UWA MBA program earn the highest salaries in Australia, almost $200,000 per annum after completing their course, at an average age of 34 (QS Top Universities Global MBA Rankings for 2021).
MGMT5531 Strategic Management and Innovation in Health
What makes the healthcare sector so challenging compared to other industries?
The primary concern for the health industry is how to contain rising costs, while not compromising patient safety and quality of care.
Policymakers, regulators, providers, funders, pharmaceuticals and medical devices firms play a significant role in shaping the industry in the interest of providing affordable and quality healthcare to the community. The increasing cost will have a tremendous impact on the national healthcare budget and healthcare delivery.
Healthcare leaders must see into the future, create a new vision for success, and be prepared to make significant improvements to deliver cost-effective value-based healthcare to patients, and other stakeholders.
This unit provides a strategic framework for understanding the challenges and barriers that are being faced by healthcare organisations.
Top 5 reasons to study a postgraduate degree
Depending on your background and your chosen course, postgraduate studies may be a way to:
- Specialise: become an expert in your chosen field
- Change direction: pursue a different path
- Qualify: to enter certain professions
- Gain experience: through hands-on practical opportunities
- Network: build contacts in your chosen industry
Why study this course
- You'll build your knowledge and skills to meet the complex features of the rapidly changing health care industry.
- Grow your network of management level professionals in the health sector.
- Learn from industry practitioners, academics, and public and private leaders in the WA health sector.
You'll learn to
- provide strategic direction to multiple stakeholders within the health system, creating commitment across the health sector to address priorities for improved health services.
- analyse health systems, the policy environment and funding context from a business context.
- demonstrate effective health leadership to provide high quality care that is effective, efficient, accessible, patient-centred, equitable, and safe.
"Real life leadership skills have never been more important in healthcare. As our knowledge and technology expands at an unprecedented rate it is matched by the complexity of the working system. Keeping the focus on the clinical care of an individual and the community within that environment is a massive challenge. It is clear from the Sustainable Health Review that we need to rise to the challenge, own it, and drive into the future. Striving for clinical excellence is achievable but a culture of continuous learning is pivotal to success. Continuing education in Health Leadership and Management provides a toolbox for problem solving to drive a solutions-based ethos."
Director of the Burns Service of Western Australia, Consultant Plastic Surgeon at Fiona Stanley Hospital and Perth Children’s Hospital, co-founder of the first skin cell laboratory in WA, Professor in the School of Surgery at The University of Western Australia, and co-founder of the Fiona Wood Foundation
“As an alumnus of UWA who is heavily involved in the health system as CEO of HBF, this new course is a much needed boost to health services education and I think it will be very popular with overseas students.”
John Van Der Wielen, CEO of HBF, and Chair of the advisory committee for this professional course