PUBH5763 Leadership and Management of Health Services

6 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face
This unit examines key theories, concepts and approaches to leadership and management in health organisations. An important premise underpinning the unit is that leadership is needed at all levels of an organisation, and that leadership takes many different forms. The need for health leadership to be flexible and responsive to different contexts in a rapidly changing world is explored with students. Across the unit leadership is considered from an individual, team, organisation and health sector perspective. Students will examine contemporary leadership issues and challenges facing the health sector, including ethical leadership, leading change, leadership in times of crisis or uncertainty, and the growing imperative to measure and demonstrate outcomes. A feature of this unit is the integration of real world examples and case studies to explore contemporary issues and challenges in health leadership.
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.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (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
One week full time, plus pre-intensive week online activities.
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