Unit description

Offers the contextual, organisational and personal insights needed for healthcare professionals to lead and manage in the healthcare system, in addition to the specific discipline or professional skills and knowledge of their own health vocation. Students will learn how to understand and accept individual differences, develop teams and cope with the power and politics of organisations. The contemporary complexities and dilemmas of healthcare provision in a constrained operating environment will be addressed. 

Unit content

Topic 1:  Setting the context: the health care system

Topic 2:  Theories of management in health care systems

Topic 3:  The genesis of leadership theory

Topic 4:  Challenging leadership, its nature and alternatives

Topic 5:  Diversity: being ‘different’ in the health care system

Topic 6:  Change, innovation and the future of health leadership and management

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Teaching and assessment


Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

Southern Cross University employs different teaching methods within units to provide students with the flexibility to choose the mode of learning that best suits them. SCU academics strive to use the latest approaches and, as a result, the learning modes and materials may change. The most current information regarding a unit will be provided to enrolled students at the beginning of the study session.

Fee information


Commonwealth Supported courses
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Commencing 2017 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 2

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