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Lead the change in healthcare

The Australian healthcare sector is undergoing rapid and widespread change, increasingly disrupted by new technologies and a changing workforce as well as population. Whether you are a registered nurse or allied health professional, a Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Leadership can enable you to take a significant step forward in your career in Australia’s largest industry.

By completing Southern Cross University’s Online Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Leadership you will gain knowledge to meet the challenges and grab the opportunities of leadership in multidisciplinary and complex healthcare delivery. You’ll extend your knowledge in evidence based-care, and learn how to lead teams of health professionals in Australia’s healthcare systems.

Our aim is to produce graduates that are career ready. So join one of the world’s best universities under 50 years old and advance your career in healthcare.

Why choose an online Healthcare Leadership qualification with Southern Cross University?

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Hi, my name is Belynda Abbott and I’m the clinical nurse consultant on Ward 2C
Neurosciences in the Division of Surgery at the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane.

I’ve been able to reflect and gain a strong understanding of my own
leadership style by completing my Masters degree. I was able to develop my
own leadership competency framework in order to further develop and grow as a
healthcare leader.

I’ve also developed my own online professional portfolio
with the help of the healthcare professional portfolio unit. This is
essential within a digital age and has helped me with applying for and
obtaining jobs. I’ve also assisted others whom I mentor to develop their own
professional portfolio.

I thoroughly enjoy being able to provide leadership and role modeling to others
that are coming up within the healthcare field. I’ve recently been appointed into
a clinical nurse consultant role after eight years as a nurse educator. And this
position will continue to strengthen my knowledge and skills as a leader within healthcare.

By doing a Masters in healthcare leadership, I’ve been able to
bridge my knowledge gap around research. I feel confident to be able to write
research articles and start up a project to research areas that potentially
could assist with optimal patient care or enhance job satisfaction.

I feel confident talking amongst interdisciplinary team
members and I’m also able to articulate common goals and directions required for patient care.

I feel that the Masters of healthcare leadership has helped me make a bigger
contribution to my workplace. I’ve since represented the hospital and presented
my first research project around nurse teacher rounds at the Australian College
of Nursing’s National Nurse Forum in October last year.

After I completed the Graduate Studies project unit, I’ve gained the confidence to go ahead and
write my own research in preparation for publication. I’ve also informally done
work around mentorship development and succession management of clinical nurses
to build a stronger leadership capacity within the organisation.

What you can study

To be eligible for the award of Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Leadership you will complete the below four (4) units:

The units are:

  • Leading Change in Healthcare
  • Strategic Health Management
  • Health Systems, Policies and Practices
  • Principles and Practice of Clinical Accountability

The ideal pathway to a Master of Healthcare Leadership

Sometimes life can get in the way, which is why we have made postgraduate study as flexible as possible. The Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Leadership provides you with the first significant step to advancing your career. The best part? If you finish your Graduate Certificate, and want to take your learning further, everything you complete will be credited towards your online Master of Healthcare Leadership.

Careers in Healthcare Leadership

  • Unit Manager
  • Quality and Clinical Governance Manager
  • Program Manager
  • Chief Executive
  • Care Manager
  • Practice Owner
  • Hospital CEO
  • Medical Practice Manager
  • Pharmaceutical Project Manager

Admission requirements

To qualify for entry into the Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Leadership, all applicants must:

  • Have successfully completed a minimum (3) year Bachelor qualification, or equivalent, in a health related discipline;
  • Provide evidence of minimum one (1) year full-time and current work experience at degree level in a health related field and/or as acceptable to the School Board;
  • Be proficient in English

Find out more about Rules Relating to Awards and Specific Award Rules.

Download the brochure

For more details about the SCU Online business courses, complete the form at the top of the page to download your brochure. You’ll receive in-depth information on:

  • Entry criteria
  • Course duration
  • Fees and financing options
  • Courses and assessment types
  • Industry-related work
  • Student support
  • Careers pathways

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^ Southern Cross University offer both online and on-campus versions of these units. This information refers to the online version. Please check the unit listing at scu.edu.au or ask your Student Enrolment Advisor for more information.

This information is correct at time of release and subject to change without notice. Copyright Southern Cross University May 2018.

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