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Leading Healthcare Change for Impact (PADM90014)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codePADM90014
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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.

Topics covered will include:

  • Developing and implementing change initiatives
  • Leveraging funding within the healthcare system
  • Negotiating to get what is needed from others
  • Anticipating and overcoming obstacles to change

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:

  • Navigate and influence their healthcare system in order to fund initiatives
  • Initiate and implement constructive change within their healthcare organisations
  • Lead improvements in patient quality and safety through effective innovation
  • Collaborate with practitioners from other health disciplines to achieve best outcomes for their patients and organisations
  • 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