Specialist Certificate - Clinical Leadership

Area of Study Type of Course Level of Study
Health and Medical Award Specialist Certificate


Specialist Certificate in Clinical Leadership

Course Code


Course Abbreviation


Partner Faculty

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.

Course Description

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)

PADM90014 Leading Healthcare Change for Impact (12.5 points)

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

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


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.

Additional Information

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)

Entry Requirements

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, and;
  • Meet the university’s English language requirements for postgraduate courses, (a performance band 6.5 is required).

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

Please refer to the handook, for more information about the entry requirements.

Course Fees

Course fees for 2018:


Study Points

Fees for 2018*

Leadership in the Clinical Setting



Leading Healthcare Change for Impact






*Fees are subject to an annual increase.

Fee Inclusions

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.

Key Dates

2018 applications open: 30 September 2017

2018 applications close: 30 December 2017 or once places have filled

Delivery Dates and Times

SubjectSubject Delivery Dates
Leadership in the Clinical Setting 21 - 23 March 2018
Leading Healthcare Change for Impact 8 - 10 August 2018

Delivery Venue

University of Melbourne, Parkville
Woodward Conference Centre, West Room
10th Floor, Melbourne Law (Building 106), 185 Pelham St, Carlton VIC 3053

Contact Us

Elizabeth Soares
Program Coordinator
The University of Melbourne
E: TL-clinicalleadership@unimelb.edu.au
P: +61 3 9035 9608