Graduate Diploma of Health Leadership

School of Medicine, Fremantle Campus

At The University of Notre Dame Australia, School of Medicine, we are dedicated to the provision of education that is designed and presented in collaboration with the health sector to support the translation of learning into practice.

The Graduate Certificate in Health Leadership provides a unique opportunity to study, network and learn from experts across the professions. The WA Health, Institute for Health Leadership (2019), leadership model focuses on ‘Courageous, values-aligned, collaborative and systems-focused’ leaders, which will form the foundations of this program. Provided in partnership, all students benefit from program fee reductions.

The Graduate Diploma of Health Leadership further develops students understanding of key leadership principals in areas of interest to them, choosing from management and leadership courses provided across the university.

  • Why study this degree?

    The Graduate Certificate in Health Leadership (GCHL) supports health professionals who want to consolidate or further their leadership career. The program provides students with a comprehensive introduction to the core principles of management and leadership within the complex health arena, in which consumers and their significant others play a central role.  Students complete two core courses to support their development as a health professional leader and undertake a significant workplace project to demonstrate application of learning.

    The Graduate Diploma of Health Leadership (GDHL) comprises a comprehensive overview of the core principles of management and leadership within the complex health arena, in which consumers and their significant others play a central role.  Students complete three foundational courses focused on leadership theory, systems-focused thinking and ethics for professional life, with a further three self-selected specialist courses.

  • Program summary

    The Graduate Certificate will be provided through Master Classes to engage both academic and health industry speakers to provide an engaging, thought provoking and safe space to explore the complexities of health and health leadership.  Master classes provide a space for the sharing of ideas, exploring solutions, networking and building communities of interest.

    This first year will then translate into an on-campus learning experience in the Graduate Diploma year through the Notre Dame core courses Ethics in Professional Life and Research Methods and a variety of electives to engage students in areas of interest to them. These courses are provided through a number of schools at the university, further facilitating students to seek topics of interest to them, in the school of their choice.

    First Year (100 credit points)

    Core Courses:

    MEDI5009/5010 Contemporary Leadership in Health (50 credit points): This course develops and supports student’s contemporary understanding and application of management and leadership in health practice. This will focus on the application of theory and institutional frameworks to support decision making in the complex health arena, which engages multiple stakeholders including various disciplines, consumers and their significant others.  Students will examine leadership theory, collaborative practice and courageous role modelling. Through master class attendance, engagement in paired student coaching sessions and reflective practice, students will apply learning through practical engagement with management and leadership activities.

    MEDI5011/5012 Systems-Focused Thinking (50 credit points): This course  develops a system level thinking approach to the complexities that drive planning and decision making in the complex arena of health. Students will be encouraged to expand their understanding of the health system, and national and international polices, frameworks and innovations that may influence local practice.

    Through master class attendance and the completion of a work based project, students will critically appraise and relate learning.

    Second year (100 credit points)

    Students complete an additional one year of study with two core courses and two electives.

    Core Courses:

    PHIL6020 Ethical Issues for Professional Life: This course will explore the relationship between moral philosophy and applied ethics in professional life. Further, we study such issues as the relevance of ethics to specialisation, power and privilege in the professions, performance assessment, codes of ethics institutional values and corporate ethical culture. Specialist seminar topics may include confidentiality, secrecy and truth-telling in counselling; professional and management responsibility and accountability; dealing with power and authority, conflict resolution, performance assessment & discipline

    MEDI5000 Research Methods: This course provides an opportunity to explore health research approaches within the social sciences. It provides a foundation in research design, methods, data collection and analysis for learners planning to undertake a project. Learners will gain experience in a range of qualitative and quantitative techniques which can be used by practising professionals to carry out individual or team based research into issues arising from their own work context, organisations, or wider professional activities.

    Elective Courses:

    MEDI5110 Contemporary Issues in Health Professional Education and Leadership: This course provides learners with an opportunity to explore key contemporary issues facing health professional educators and leaders as we traverse the changing learning and healthcare landscape. Established principles pertaining to leading organisational change are explored to consider strategies and innovation in the way in which we plan and deliver educational change to improve established practices in health professional education.

    MEDI5123 Reasoning and Clinical Innovation: This course will provide learners with an opportunity to explore the complex construct of clinical reasoning. Healthcare professionals regularly make clinical decisions in complex and challenging situations. Through exploring the theories and models of clinical reasoning, which underpin best practice in patient-care, this course acts as a catalyst in providing opportunities to cultivate clinical innovation.

    MEDI5124 Coaching and Supervision in Health: This course provides learners with an opportunity to explore coaching and supervision models across the professions. The course will address specific challenges facing clinical supervisors, particularly in relation to optimising teaching and learning in clinical settings. By exploring best practice, as leaders, the course considers principles that underpin effective mentoring and role modelling in the context of the clinical setting.

    MEDI5121 Learning and Facilitation in Health Professional Education: This course provides learners with the opportunities to explore knowledge, skills and attributes necessary for quality facilitation and learning in the health professions. The course acknowledges the uniqueness of educating in health. Requiring specific pedagogical approaches and the need to embed certain types of knowledge and skills into practice.

    NOTE: Elective courses are also available across various schools in the university from the list of courses in the program regulations. Discuss with the Program Coordinator for availability.

    Full details of the program requirements are contained in the Program Regulations.

  • Mode of study and assessment

    The Graduate Certificate in Health Leadership is provided over one year of part time study. Students attend four full day masterclasses on campus at Fremantle, and are supported by online learning modules. Course assessments support student engagement with their worksite, including a work place innovation project, evaluation and presentation.

    The graduate Diploma study allows students to undertake the program in a part-time capacity, selecting from the available list of core and elective courses in the program regulations.

  • Entry requirements

    To be eligible for admission to the Graduate Diploma of Health Leadership applicants must meet the following specific requirements:

    • As a minimum qualification, a recognised Bachelor degree in a health profession
    • Evidence of specific professional and/or industry experience.
  • Fees and costs

    As the Graduate Certificate in Health Leadership is provided in partnership with WA Health, this has significantly reduced the initial first year student fee to $2,000. This must be paid in full.

    Standard university fees apply for the Diploma.

    More information can be found at the Fees page.

    International students are not eligible for this program.

  • Scholarships

    Refer to your health service or the WA Health website for further information on scholarships for WA health professionals.

  • More information

    For more information, please email the program coordinator Dr Tracey Coventry or

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