PUBH5763 Leadership and Management of Health Services

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
This unit examines the principles of effective leadership including the importance of vision, the techniques of strategic planning and prioritisation, the art of communication and negotiation, insights into health system complexity and policy development. Leadership principles at the social, organisational and personal levels are explored using examples and case studies of contemporary health problems and services. The unit provides a working knowledge of topics that are useful to health professionals holding administrative positions in the health system and those working in the governance of not-for-profit community organisations. A feature of the curriculum in this regard is the opportunity afforded to students to explore contemporary issues in the health system.
Students are able to (1) demonstrate a critical understanding of theories and principles of leadership and management relating to health services and contemporary health issues; (2) apply a conceptual framework for the planning, implementation and evaluation of health services; (3) demonstrate an understanding of financial, human and performance management in health organisations; (4) demonstrate a high level of skill in communication and negotiation; and (5) apply knowledge of leadership, management, governance and ethics to the health industry.
Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) short answer exercise; (2) major assignment; and (3) final examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Lisa Wood
Unit rules
Advisable prior study:
a working knowledge of the health system and some experience in managing a team is recommended
Contact hours
lectures/Practical Classes: 3 hours per week
Unit Outline
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