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Australia's Healthcare System

Designed for emerging managers and health professionals who are looking to step up to a leadership role, this course will help you navigate the challenges of Australia's healthcare system. With a focus on the consumer experience and how healthcare is organised and delivered, you will gain a better understanding of this complex environment.

What you will learn

You will take part in a series of live online sessions and self-paced action learning interspersed with coaching to help you apply learning to your live challenges. You will develop the skills, tools and techniques to:

  • Identify the key features of the Australian healthcare system, and understand their impact on health outcomes
  • Understand the main structures that govern the Australian healthcare system and their influence on your organisation and other health service organisations
  • Compare and contrast Australian and global health system structures
  • Discuss funding models and political influences and understand the implications for your role as a healthcare leader
  • Explore shifts in roles, core skills and workforce requirements for health professionals that may impact the future of healthcare
  • Create and implement a personal action plan to apply learning in your role

Course presenters

Associate Professor Kevin Forde brings a wealth of experience as an educator in the field of healthcare finance, economics and comparative health systems at several Australian universities over the past 25 years. His main research interests are the impact of private health insurance on equity and access in the healthcare system, financial management of medical practices, and the costs and benefits of accreditation for healthcare organisations. In addition to his academic career, Kevin has been an analyst with a stockbroker, a fund manager with an insurance company, managing editor of Australian Practice Management – a monthly magazine for doctors about the business side of running a medical practice, and editor of the Company Director, the official magazine of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Adjunct Associate Professor Huong Le-Dao contributes to education and research in health management and leadership within the School of Public Health and Community Medicine, UNSW Medicine. She is known for creating momentum, aligning teams, and converting thoughts into sustainable actions through her work at various public and private organisations in Australia and overseas. Her engagement at NSW Health Infrastructure involved collaborating with health managers and leaders to transform their models of care resulting from redevelopment works valued over $14 billion across NSW State. Huong was also involved in establishing the Independent Hospital Pricing Authority under the National Health Reform Agreement. As a change agent, Huong occupies Non-Executive Director and Board Member roles for not-for-profit organisations in the education, transportation, community, and health sector. She is passionate about better human experience and patient value in health.

Guest speaker

James Downie is the Chief Executive Officer at the Independent Hospital Pricing Authority. Prior to his current role James was the Executive Director, Activity Based Funding, leading the teams responsible for delivering the classification, costing and pricing functions of IHPA as well as the data acquisition activities. He previously held roles with the Victorian Department of Health, the Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne and various technical and operational roles in the resources industry.

Optional assessment

All participants will be issued with 3 FMECH points upon completion of the course, which go towards the Executive Certificate in Health, attained by achieving 15 points. The Certificate can be used for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for 6 units of credit towards selected UNSW Medicine postgraduate qualifications.

If you plan to apply for RPL in the future, you must complete the optional assessment on this course. You will have the opportunity to indicate your interest in the assessment after completing your enrolment. There is no additional cost for the assessment component.

Who should attend

This course is designed for professionals from public and private sector organisations who are making or have recently made the transition from individual contributor to a management or leadership role in a clinical or healthcare setting.

It is targeted at professionals from a broad spectrum of fields and backgrounds, including physiotherapists, allied health professionals, community health professionals, junior medical officers, anesthetists, nurses, oral health practitioners, medical physicists, radiopharmaceutical scientists, and health professionals, such as workforce, asset, finance or strategy managers.

Complete the series to achieve your Executive Certificate in Health

This course is part of Series 1 - From Clinicians to Healthcare Leaders, for new and emerging leaders in Australia's health system. Designed to build a range of complementary skills, you can complete individual courses to fill targeted skill gaps or complete the series, building a foundational healthcare leadership skillset and earning your Executive Certificate in Health.

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