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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
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

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.

Eligibility and requirements


To enrol in this subject, students must be admitted to one of the following courses, this subject is not available for students admitted in any other courses.

  • Specialist Certificate in Clinical Leadership (SC-CLNLEAD)
  • Graduate Diploma in Clinical Research (N34AA)
  • Master of Clinical Research (N01AA)



Non-allowed subjects


Core participation requirements

The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.

Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home



  • 10 minute individual oral presentation, due during the intensive delivery, (20%)
  • 1,500 word individual reflective paper, due 2 weeks after the end of the intensive delivery, (30%)
  • 2,500 word individual action learning paper, due 4 weeks after the end of the intensive delivery, (50%)

Note: 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

Dates & times

  • August
    Principal coordinatorJill Klein
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours21 hours (3 days of intensive workshop)
    Total time commitment170 hours
    Teaching period 7 August 2019 to 9 August 2019
    Last self-enrol date 7 August 2019
    Census date13 August 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail30 August 2019
    Assessment period ends 9 September 2019

    August contact information

    Melbourne School of Professional and Continuing Education Further Information: https://study.unimelb.edu.au/find/courses/major/specialist-certificate-in-clinical-leadership/ Email: continuing-education@unimelb.edu.au Phone: + 61 3 8344 0149 Monday to Friday 8am to 9pm AEST/AEDT. Weekends and University of Melbourne observed Public Holidays 10am to 5pm AEST/AEDT.

Time commitment details

170 hours

Additional delivery details

Pre-reading, identification of potential leadership change initiatives (one page summary)

Further information

Last updated: 7 August 2019