University of Technology Sydney

92932 Management for Clinicians

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UTS: Health
Credit points: 6 cp

Subject level:


Result type: Grade and marks

Recommended studies:

Professional studies subject


Students develop essential professional knowledge and skills for the effective management of a health service, unit or organisation. Evidence-based management approaches are analysed and applied in health settings. Students learn and develop skills in managerial problem-solving, managing complex and grey health management issues, human resource management, leading diverse teams, key stakeholder communication and negotiation, and financial management. Students are also given the opportunity to reflect on what it is to be an effective manager in a health environment. The subject provides a foundation to positively influence health system improvement via sound effective management.

Subject learning objectives (SLOs)

Upon successful completion of this subject students should be able to:
A. Critically appraise a variety of management and leadership approaches, their application, and appropriateness in the context of a health setting.
B. Develop professional and personal competencies and skills required to effectively apply existing and emerging health data and information in the management of health services.
C. Recommend contemporary evidenced based strategies appropriate to managing self, individuals, teams, complex operational issues and financial resources.
D. Establish effective communication strategies for complex health management issues for patients, staff, supervisors and policy makers.

Course intended learning outcomes (CILOs)

This subject also contributes specifically to the following graduate attributes:

  • Are reflective, critical thinkers who influence practice, policy and research to achieve clinical excellence and transform healthcare services (1.0)
  • Critique, interpret and synthesise data and research findings to develop safe, effective and evidence-based solutions to healthcare challenges (1.1)
  • Propose relevant problem-solving and human factors theories to the analysis of common issues inherent in the management and evaluation of healthcare services (1.2)
  • Effective, collaborative and responsive leader who considers health care in a global context (2.0)
  • Justify and demonstrate appropriate leadership styles and skills necessary to manage, evaluate and innovate healthcare services utilising contemporary local, national and international perspectives (2.1)
  • Determine and recommend modes of communication necessary to optimise outcomes across differing audiences, purposes and contexts within healthcare practice (4.2)

Teaching and learning strategies

Student development is supported via a range of student focused teaching and learning approaches. The strategies used emphasise active and applied approaches to developing students’ ability to manage health services and organisations, and apply relevant knowledge to generate effective solutions to health service management challenges. An overarching theme of the approaches to teaching and learning is to support students to actively learn in the classroom (individually and in collaboration with others), where they can interact with each other and the facilitator who can observe, assist and coach them. Understanding and critical thinking skills will be encouraged via a range of activities, including:

  • Pre-class learning via on-line resources to prepare for active participation in workshops.
  • Content briefing sessions, which include whole class brainstorming sessions and small group activities focusing on health manager development.
  • In-class problem solving, discovery-based and critical thinking activities via cooperative group work (pairs and small groups).
  • The use of real-world examples, illustrations and data for student group activities.
  • Time while on campus for students to reflect on, explain and record assessable tasks under continual advice and guidance.
  • Student led activities.
  • Real-time in-class feedback.

Content (topics)

  • Strategic and day to day health service management
  • Human resource management
  • Leading diverse teams
  • Key stakeholder communication and negotiation
  • Key issues and evidence based solutions in health service management
  • Financial management – understanding the differences between the main financial statements (balance sheet, profit and loss statement and cash flow statement) and recognising the important distinction between cash and accrual accounting.


Assessment task 1: Financial Management


This assessment item focuses on the ability to interpret financial records and propose changes to fees based on profit and loss analysis.


This assessment task addresses subject learning objective(s):


This assessment task contributes to the development of graduate attribute(s):


Weight: 30%

Not applicable. All questions for each case study must be answered.

Important: Students must show all calculations and explain how they determined all answers. For example, suppose a question asks what the profit will be in a particular month and you put "$50,000". Even if this is correct, students will receive no marks if they do not show how they determined the answer. There is no need for footnotes or references unless you quote directly from a source, but it is essential that the work is your own.

Assessment task 2: Health Manager Development Plan


Provides students with the opportunity to analyse and effectively convey evidenced based strategies to support personal and professional development in health service management.


This assessment task addresses subject learning objective(s):

A, C and D

This assessment task contributes to the development of graduate attribute(s):

1.0, 2.0, 2.1 and 4.2

Weight: 40%

2700-3000 word essay (students should familiarise themselves with the academic definition of the term 'essay' prior to commencing this assessment item).

Assessment task 3: Health Management Scenario Analysis


Provides students with the opportunity to investigate a key challenge in health management and explore and generate potential solutions and their underlying rationale. They will also have the opportunity to effectively transmit knowledge and solutions regarding the management challenge to the facilitator and peers.


This assessment task addresses subject learning objective(s):

A, C and D

This assessment task contributes to the development of graduate attribute(s):

1.1, 1.2, 2.1 and 4.2

Weight: 30%

Recommended texts

Details of readings for this subject are available on UTSOnline.

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