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Unit Overview


This unit examines key theories, concepts and approaches to leadership and management in the health sector. An important premise underpinning the unit is that leadership is needed at all levels of an organisation, and that leadership takes many different forms. Leadership is considered from an individual, team, organisation and health sector perspective. The need for health leadership to be flexible and responsive to different contexts in a rapidly changing world is explored. Students will examine contemporary leadership issues and challenges facing the health sector, including ethical leadership, leading change, leadership in times of crisis or uncertainty. A feature of this unit is the integration of real world examples and case studies to explore contemporary issues and challenges in health leadership.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) critque key theories, concepts and principles of leadership and management relevant to health organisations and services; (2) distinguish between different dimensions and contexts of leadership, including self-awareness and leadership of self, and leadership at the team, organisational and wider health sector level; (3) explain key challenges and obligations related to good governance, accountability and ethical leadership in the health sector; (4) apply evidence based principles to facilitating and leading change and to leadership in times of uncertainty or crisis; and (5) critically analyse contemporary issues in health leadership and management.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) on-line and In-class assessment; (2) major assignment; and (3) group assessment. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Colleen Fisher
Contact hours
One week full time, plus pre-intensive week readings.
This unit is taught in intensive face-to-face mode. Readings are made available in LMS two weeks prior to the teaching week.
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  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.