Available in 2022
Course code



10 units


6000 level

Course handbook


The healthcare sector is in continuous evolution with complex simultaneous dynamics involving demographic and epidemiologic transitions, health technology and new models of healthcare, changes in healthcare funding algorithms and governance, and consumers and societal expectations about health outcomes and optimal mix of healthcare workforce. Strategic Health Leadership and Management introduces students to leadership and managerial approaches pertaining to health and social care organisations. Participants gain information on the implications of key challenges for strategic health leadership and management, and the skills to effectively anticipate and manage structural changes in health industries locally, nationally and internationally. The course distinguishes between Management, described as the production of acceptable results within known constraints and conditions; and Leadership, described as harnessing individual and organisational capacity, collaboration and character to facilitate strategic and productive changes within health organisations. Through the use of case studies presented by industry leaders and academic staff, theoretical and practical issues in healthcare leadership and management in Australian and global health industries will be discussed.


Newcastle City Precinct

  • Trimester 1 - 2022


  • Trimester 1 - 2022

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Examine the styles and attributes of current leaders in health and social care.

2. Demonstrate understanding of strategic tactical planning in health and social care organisations.

3. Explain the fundamental theories and models of health leadership and management.

4. Identify and develop their leadership style in relation to individual characteristics.

5. Apply competencies in communicating health policy development and review.

6. Develop adaptable leadership and management skills for the complex and ever-changing healthcare system.


This course contains but is not limited to the following topics:

  • Emotional Intelligence and Leadership in Health and Social Care.
  • Leading and Managing Hospitals.
  • Health Networks -┬áthe Leadership Challenge.
  • Leading Clinical Reform and Engagement.
  • Leading Primary Care.
  • Role of Clinical Research in Healthcare Improvement.
  • The Role of Finance in Health Strategic Leadership and Management.
  • Clinician Engagement and Leadership.
  • Strategic Health Communication: A Perspective from AMA.

Assessment items

Essay: Problem Set Essay

Essay: Evaluation Essay

Presentation: Research Report and Presentation

Contact hours

Newcastle City Precinct and Online

Online Activity

Online 36 hour(s) per Term Full Term starting in week 1

online equivalent of 36 hrs face to face


Face to Face On Campus 36 hour(s) per Term Full Term starting in week 1

Face to face 36 hours per term or online equivalent.

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.