UWA Handbook 2017

Unit details

PUBH5763 Leadership and Management of Health Services

Credit 6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Content 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.
Outcomes Students are able to (1) acquire knowledge of contemporary theories of leadership and management, and understand how principles of leadership and management apply to the work of health professionals charged with organisational responsibilities; (2) develop awareness of their capacities for leadership at the social, agency, team and personal levels; (3) improve their skills to communicate and negotiate about health problems and solutions; (4) possess both conceptual and practical skills needed to deal effectively with real-world challenges; (5) value the capacity to envision, plan, implement and evaluate the achievement of health program objectives; (6) have sufficient awareness of governance issues to communicate with and seek advice from relevant experts; and (7) At the time of successful completion of the unit, the student should have developed sufficient competence in health administration to be prepared for leading and managing a small health unit or organisational branch in the industry setting.
Assessment This comprises examinations and a major assignment.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s) Dr Angelita Martini
Unit rules
Advisable prior study: a working knowledge of the health system and some experience in managing a team is recommended
Contact hours lectures/tutorials: 3 hours per week
Unit Outlinehttp://www.unitoutlines.meddent.uwa.edu.au/Units/PUBH5763/SEM-1/2017
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