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Navigating Politics for Impactful Change

Designed for frontline managers and mid to senior-level leaders, this course provides tools and techniques to navigate workplace dynamics constructively and engage and influence others to progress smoothly towards value-based care. You will develop your ability to recognise and harness the relationship dynamics within your health setting and lead collaboratively and authentically for impactful change.

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, developing the tools and techniques to:

  • Compare and contrast workplace dynamics in a business as usual setting to a context of change within health.
  • Understand and navigate workplace politics in a healthcare setting going through change towards value-based health care
  • Recognise and leverage bases of power, relationships and influence in clinical and non-clinical workplace settings
  • Understand and apply dynamic leadership styles to bring values and ethics to the forefront of workplace engagement and organisational change

Course presenters 

Professor John Watson AM has been Senior Vice Dean, Clinical Affairs in the Faculty of Medicine at UNSW since September 2018. In this capacity, John provides senior strategic advice to the Dean on all aspects of Clinical Affairs within the Faculty, driving key projects in alignment with UNSW 2025 strategy, and providing senior academic leadership and expertise across the Faculty. He is also Deputy National Secretary, The Rhodes Scholarships Australia, sharing the support of 8 Selection Committees, with more than 180 applicants Australia-wide in 2018. In 2015, Professor Watson was honoured as Member of the Order of Australia in its General Division ‘for significant service to medicine in the field of neurology, to medical education and administration, and through mentoring roles.’

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.

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 frontline managers, and mid to senior-level leaders in public and private health organisations who aspire to innovate, transform and lead their health services towards value-based health care in Australia.

It is targeted at leaders in a wide variety of roles, such as: Director of Nursing, Mental Health Team Leader, Director Surgery and Anaesthesia, GM Hospital, Director Public Health, Executive Director Operations, Executive Director Strategic Planning, Director Workforce and Culture, Head of Anaesthetic Department, Outpatient Team Leader Physiotherapy, Facility Manager, Director Clinical Services, Assistant Manager of Community Health Services, Supervisor of Security, Manager of Hotel Services, Workforce and Culture Team Leader, Chief Radiographer.

Complete the series to achieve your Executive Certificate in Health

This course is part of Series 2 – Moving Towards Value-Based Health Care, for managers and leaders in Australia's health system who want to take their health services on the journey to value-based care. Designed to build a range of complementary skills, you can complete individual courses to fill targeted skill gaps or complete the series, building a holistic understanding of value-based care in the Australian healthcare sector and earning your Executive Certificate in Health.

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Contact the AGSM Client Engagement Team to discuss the right option to support your career goals.

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