The University of Newcastle, Australia

Master program turns State’s doctors into fine hospital leaders

Thursday, 1 May 2014

The first cohort of the University's innovative Master of Clinical Medicine (Leadership and Management) will graduate today.


Master Clinical Medicine

The program, developed in collaboration with NSW Health, is designed to equip doctors with the clinical leadership and management skills to coordinate patient care and drive improvements in hospital systems.

Head of the School of Medicine and Public Health Professor Ian Symonds said the degree program is intended to create a hospital-wide perspective on patient care. 

"The Master of Clinical Medicine will equip doctors with the high-level skills required for leadership positions and train them as effective communicators able to coordinate care across a range of disciplines and bridge gaps in hospital processes," he said.

The program, which commenced in February 2012, trains doctors part-time over two years while they work.  Further information on the University of Newcastle's Master of Clinical Medicine (Leadership and Management) program.

The Master of Clinical Medicine (Leadership and Management) students will graduate at 10am on Thursday 1 May at the Faculty of Health and Medicine ceremony.


Hundreds of students will cross the Great Hall stage this week during week two of the Callaghan April/May graduation ceremonies.

An outstanding enabling program student who is now undertaking a medicine degree with a dream of becoming a rural GP will be among hundreds of students celebrating their academic achievements this week.

In 2014, the University of Newcastle's enabling program Open Foundation celebrates 40 years of providing people a pathway to university study. Nikki Payne is one Open Foundation student whose life path has been changed by the program and the opportunities it provides. Read her story.

More than 2800 students are expected to graduate across 15 ceremonies at the University's Callaghan campus by the end of this series of ceremonies. Students from the Faculty of Education and Arts and Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment graduated during six ceremonies last week.

This week the Great Hall will host ceremonies for the Faculty of Science and Information Technology and English Language and Foundation Studies Centre on Wednesday 30 April; the Faculty of Health and Medicine on Thursday 1 May and Friday 2 May; and the Faculty of Business and Law on Friday 2 May.

The University will present an honorary degree to occasional speaker, the Honourable Rodney (Rod) Harrison, Deputy President and Hunter Regional member of the Industrial Relations Commission of New South Wales. Mr Harrison, who is responsible for matters in industries in the area north and west of Gosford to the Queensland border, will be awarded a Doctor of Business Honoris causa at the 2pm Faculty of Business and Law ceremony on Friday 2 May.

  • Carmen Swadling, Media and Public Relations
  • Phone: +61 2 4985 4276 or 0428 038477.

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