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Leadership in Clinical Settings (PADM90013)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codePADM90013
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

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.

Topics covered will include:

  • Styles of effective clinical leadership
  • Leading successful and productive teams
  • Conflict resolution and difficult conversations
  • Emotional intelligence
  • Ethical issues in clinical leadership
  • Coaching and developing others

Teaching/learning formats include:

  • Interactive facilitator presentations
  • Case studies
  • Group exercises
  • Small team discussions of participant leadership challenges
  • Participant presentations
  • Guest speakers: senior clinical leaders who will share their leadership challenges and solutions

The informal exchange of insights and experiences among participants is a key aspect of learning.

Intended learning outcomes

Students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate an analytical and reflective approach to their clinical leadership
  • Understand the unique and common challenges and approaches involved in managing, developing and coaching others within the clinical context
  • Be aware of their strengths and weaknesses as a clinical leader and be prepared to collaborate accordingly
  • Collaborate with practitioners from other health disciplines to achieve best outcomes for their patients
  • Appreciate the importance of exchanging feedback, support and assistance with colleagues

Generic skills

  • Ability to bring new problem solving and analytic skills to issues of clinical leadership
  • Lead teams and work well as a member of a team
  • Break down unfamiliar and difficult challenges, make plans for, and lead the implementation of, programs that address these challenges
  • Communicate leadership visions and plans effectively through both spoken presentations and written documents.

Last updated: 3 April 2019