Specialist Certificate in Clinical Leadership
Medical, Dentistry, Health & Science (MDHS)
Melbourne Medical School
The healthcare system requires leaders, and many clinicians anticipate taking on leadership positions, or find themselves in leadership roles, without any formal education in leadership. This can have negative consequences for the leader, colleagues, patients and healthcare organisations. The purpose of this course is to provide clinical leaders (and aspiring leaders) with knowledge of leadership practices and the opportunity to implement this learning and acquire new skills. Subject content will be grounded in evidence-based knowledge produced by leadership scholars and practiced by leaders within healthcare organisations.
The Specialist Certificate in Clinical Leadership (SCCL) provides clinicians with the leadership skills they need to improve their organisations, develop and implement change initiatives and promote treatment quality and safety excellence within healthcare settings. The philosophy of the SCCL is to provide a contemporary, evidence-based program to health professionals to improve outcomes for their organisations, colleagues and patients. The program is targeted towards clinicians—including doctors, nurses, dentists and allied health professionals—who currently hold, or anticipate holding, leadership positions.
This offering allows for the development of leadership skills required by the clinical work context. This is not a generic leadership program; it is embedded within the clinical context, taught largely by clinicians, and focused on clinical issues and challenges. Clinicians will be transformed as leaders alongside other clinicians who will share their experiences and enhance each other’s learning. Clinicians who gain the University of Melbourne SCCL will be valued for their commitment to clinical leadership and their acquisition of skills that allow for the effective leadership of health organisations.
Who Should Apply
Clinicians – including doctors, nurses, dentists and allied health professionals, who currently hold or anticipate holding leadership positions.
The Specialist Certificate comprises two core subjects. Course delivery will be through a combination of face-to-face intensive periods of teaching, supported by on-line resources.
PADM90013 Leadership in Clinical Settings (12.5 points)
The healthcare system requires leaders, and many clinicians anticipate taking on leadership positions, or find themselves in leadership roles, without any formal education in leadership. This can have negative consequences for the leader, colleagues, patients and healthcare organisations. The purpose of this subject is to provide clinical leaders (and aspiring leaders) with knowledge of leadership practices and the opportunity to implement this learning and acquire new skills. Subject content will be grounded in evidence-based knowledge produced by leadership scholars and practiced by leaders within healthcare organisations.
PADM90014 Leading Healthcare Change for Impact (12.5 points)
Today’s healthcare system is multifaceted, complicated and often resistant to change. This subject will examine strategies for leading change in clinical settings and healthcare organisations. Participants will learn how to build and lead change initiatives, as well as to access resources, negotiate with others and effectively deal with obstacles as they implement their innovative programs.
Please note: Leadership in Clinical Settings must be completed prior to the commencement of Leading Healthcare Change for Impact.
Assessments are oriented towards outcomes that demonstrate the learning of leadership practice within the clinical setting, and the ability to apply this learning to the clinical workplace.
Further details of assessment are contained in individual subject guides that are provided to enrolled students.
Type of Assessment (Including Extent/Duration)
Timing of Assessment
Oral presentation (10 minutes, individual)
During the intensive delivery
Reflective paper (1500 words, individual)
2 weeks after the end of the intensive delivery
Action Learning Paper (2500 words, individual)
4 weeks after the end of the intensive delivery
Students will receive feedback on their presentation in class. The first written assessment feedback will be given via email and/or LMS prior to the submission of the final assessment
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Pathways to Further Study
Graduates of this course may progress to a range of postgraduate programs offered by the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences.
Please complete an Expression of Interest form and the Graduate Programs team will keep you updated with key dates and other course related information.
Academic and Teaching Team
Professor Jill Klein (MBS)
In order to be considered for entry, applicants must have completed either -
- An entry-to-practice undergraduate degree or equivalent in a health discipline, or
- An undergraduate degree in any discipline and have at least 3 years of documented relevant clinical work experience in medicine, allied health, science or social science.
Please note meeting the above criteria does not guarantee selection.
In ranking and/or assessing applications, the Selection Committee will consider –
- Prior academic qualifications and performance; and/or
- Professional experience
The Selection Committee may seek further information to clarify any aspect of an application in accordance with the Admission and Selection into Course Policy.
Applicants are required to satisfy the university’s English language requirements for postgraduate courses. For those applicants seeking to meet there requirements by one of the standard tests approved by the Academic Board, performance band 6.5 is required.
Course fees for 2017:
Fees for 2017
Leadership in the Clinical Setting
Leading Healthcare Change for Impact
Fees are subject to an annual increase.
Fees include tuition, course materials and access to on-line resources. As enrolled students of the University of Melbourne, students have access to a range of facilities and amenities provided by the University of Melbourne.
The University of Melbourne offers staff and their immediate families a discount of up to 25 percent on tuition fees. Completed forms should be uploaded in the supporting documentation section of the online application.
Fee-Help is a loan from the Australian Government to cover tuition fees and is available to Australian Citizens only.
2017 applications open: 30 October 2016
2017 applications close: 30 December 2016 or once places have filled
Delivery Dates and Times
PADM90013 Leadership in Clinical Settings: 22-24 March 2017
PADM90014 Leading Healthcare Change for Impact: 9-11 August 2017
University of Melbourne Parkville campus
Program Coordinator: Elizabeth Soares
Phone: +61 3 9035 9608