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Master of Clinical Medicine (Leadership and Management)

Become a clinical leader with a broad perspective on patient care and hospital management

Overview

Become a clinical leader with a broad perspective on patient care and hospital management equipped to face the exciting global challenges of clinical leadership in 21st century health care.

The growing international recognition and demand for doctors with generalist expertise who can provide effective and coordinated inter-professional patient care across specialist disciplines, prompted the University of Newcastle to introduce the Master of Clinical Medicine (Leadership and Management).

As the number of patients with multiple conditions increases globally, the University of Newcastle, in partnership with the New South Wales  Ministry of Health and the New South Wales Health Education Training Institute (HETI) have collaborated to develop this unique and exciting program that blends clinical medicine with health leadership and management. The program has been designed to train doctors to be clinical leaders with a broad perspective on patient care and hospital management and is open to both domestic and international applicants.

Providing you with an up-to-date education in clinical medicine, leadership and management, you will be prepared with the skills and knowledge to take on senior generalist hospital positions and inter-professional team leadership roles across the full range of health care facilities.

Comprised of eight core courses undertaken part-time over two years, the Master of Clinical Medicine (Leadership and Management) is delivered within an experiential and applied framework. The course is led, coordinated and delivered by a range of practicing health service clinical leaders and the University of Newcastle’s Faculty of Health and Medicine academics, including world-wide renowned medical leader, Professor Kichu Nair.

Our advanced online learning system provides you with the flexibility and support to study anytime, anywhere to balance work, life and study. You can successfully achieve your Master of Clinical Medicine (Leadership and Management) at a time that suits you.

Sponsorship

Candidates applying from NSW may be eligible to apply for sponsorship. Visit the Health Education & Training Institute (HETI).

Is it for you?

Are you interested in becoming a clinical leader within the hospital medical workforce working to improve the quality of patient care? The University of Newcastle, in collaboration with the NSW Ministry of Health and the NSW Health Education and Training Institute has developed the Master of Clinical Medicine (Leadership and Management) in response to growing international recognition of the generalist role.

If you are a senior clinician looking to extend your responsibilities into clinical leadership and management; a clinician in the early stages of your career looking to develop and manage patients across the health system; or you are a doctor interested in providing and improving clinical care in hospitals, this masters program could be for you.

To be eligible to study the Master of Clinical Medicine (Leadership and Management), you will need to:

  • be currently registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA);
  • have worked for a minimum of two years full-time in a clinical setting following the completion of your medical degree; and
  • have English language skills at the appropriate level – see the ‘Details’ tab.

Career Pathways

The Master of Clinical Education (Leadership and Management) at the University of Newcastle is an experience based program designed to develop doctors in hospitals to be clinical leaders with a broad perspective on patient care and hospital management.

The advanced clinical leadership and management skills you will learn through this carefully designed program will provide you with the expertise required for senior generalist positions. The role of a generalist requires you to be an effective communicator and clinical care coordinator across independent clinical disciplines, filling the gaps that exist in current hospital processes.

You may also transfer these skills to a range of other roles including:

  • department or unit director;
  • director of prevocational training;
  • quality improvement and system redesign;
  • clinical governance;
  • director of research; and
  • education.

Specialisations

The University of Newcastle has developed the program, in collaboration with the NSW Ministry of Health and the NSW Health Education and Training Insitute to provide continuing education for doctors working in hospitals and to open new career pathways as a senior generalist.

Studying eight prescribed courses over two years part-time, the program prepares doctors within the hospital medical workforce to be clinical leaders with a ‘generalist’ perspective. You will learn the appropriate knowledge, professional skills and attitudes to be an effective communicator and provide appropriate hospital-wide interprofessional clinical leadership.

Throughout the program you will learn to evaluate, assess and develop clinical competence, learn the economics and governance of the health care system and develop superior management and leadership skills to manage interprofessional teams and system redesign. You will learn audit, safety and quality improvement tools for clinical practice; and techniques required to enhance the safety and quality of health care services.

The Master of Clinical Medicine (Leadership and Management) will help to deepen your understanding of complex clinical care, extend your professional networks and teach you to embrace personal reflection and ongoing learning. Program Convenor, Professor Kichu Nair brings experience and insight to the program with an established reputation as the Director of the Centre for Medical Professional Development, Hunter New England Health in Newcastle, Australia.

Working with real life scenarios, applying your learned clinical leadership and management skills, you will be prepared to appropriately and effectively manage challenging situations in a team and as a leader whilst maintaining appropriate care for the patient.

Get Started

Applying to the University of Newcastle has never been easier! For most programs, you can complete an easy, online application form. Applying only takes around 10 minutes, and there is no fee for direct applications. You can upload all of your certified supporting documentation online. Below is an overview of what is required. You should prepare any required documentation before commencing the online application. If you have questions about the application process or the requirements for your program, please contact us. When you are ready, begin your application. 

All applicants must provide evidence of at least two years full time employment in a clinical setting after completion of their medical degree. All applicants must provide a detailed CV and a statement of service or signed letters from employers confirming the period of employment.

Applicants who are also required to provide evidence of their English Proficiency should ensure their statement of service confirms their employment in an English-speaking environment for a minimum of two years

The Health Education & Training Institute (HETI) will sponsor a limited number of NSW Health candidates for each intake of the Master of Clinical Medicine (Leadership and Management). The sponsorship will be awarded competitively and is open to non-specialist doctors employed by NSW Health. As part of your application, please submit a signed declaration authorising/declining permission for the University to share application information with HETI.

All applicants must provide a copy practicing certificate with an authorised registration authority.

If you do not have a University of Newcastle Student Identification number, or wish to include details of studies completed at another institution, you may also be required to submit the following:

Identification Documents

If you do not already have a University of Newcastle Student Number, you must provide 100 points of ID.  You must supply either a copy of your passport, birth certificate or you citizenship certificate as part of your 100 points.

70 Points Passport
Birth Certificate (not extract)
Citizenship Certificate
40 Points Current Australian Drivers Licence
Student Identification card issued by an educational institution
Pension or Government Health Care Card or Public Service ID Card
Government Issued Licence (eg boat, pilot)
University staff photo identification card
35 Points Letter from a current employer * Must be on official company letterhead and contain both the employer and employee’s signatures and the name and address of the employee
25 Points Medicare card / Credit card
Financial institution cash card or passbook
Council rates notice
Electricity, gas or telephone bill
2 Tax assessment notice
Foreign Driver's Licence
Membership card (e.g. club, union, trade/professional body, library, video library)
Rental receipt or statement from landlord or real estate agent
Marriage certificate
Divorce decree
Name and address verified from electoral role
Deed Poll registered with the relevant authority

Citizenship and Visa Details

Applicants who were born overseas and are now residing in Australia will need to provide details of their citizenship, residency and visa details.

  • If you were born overseas and have gained Australian citizenship, you will need to provide a certified copy of your Australian passport or citizenship certificate.
  • If you were born overseas and currently hold an Australian visa, you need to confirm your details of your visa type/class, and provide a copy of your visa. Depending on how your visa was issued, you may provide a copy of the page from your passport showing the visa stamp, or a copy of the Department of Immigration confirmation of your electronic visa. If you do not have access to either of these documents, please include a copy of your passport.

Applicants who were born overseas and are now residing in Australia will need to provide details of their citizenship, residency and visa details.

  • If you were born overseas and have gained Australian citizenship, you will need to provide a certified copy of your Australian passport or citizenship certificate.
  • If you were born overseas and currently hold an Australian visa, you need to confirm your details of your visa type/class, and provide a copy of your visa. Depending on how your visa was issued, you may provide a copy of the page from your passport showing the visa stamp, or a copy of the Department of Immigration confirmation of your electronic visa. If you do not have access to either of these documents, please include a copy of your passport.

Educational Qualifications

If you are applying for admission on the basis of studies completed at an institution other than the University of Newcastle, you will need to provide certified copies of official transcripts.

For each qualification that you list on your application, you must provide a certified copy of your transcript.

Overseas educational qualifications will be assessed for equivalence according to standards provided by the National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition.

Evidence of English Proficiency

All applicants, whether domestic or international, for admission to any University of Newcastle program must provide evidence that their English language ability meets the minimum requirements for admission. Applicants should review the University of Newcastle English Proficiency Policy

Typically, applicants will provide certified copies of one of the following documents:

  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) results.
  • Evidence of previous studies undertaken overseas in an English Speaking country
  • Evidence of previous studies undertaken in English in a non-English speaking country, and confirmation from institution that studies were conducted and examined solely in the English language.

If you are not able to provide these documents, please provide details of any employment undertaken in an English speaking environment. Your application will be reviewed and we contact you regarding your options for demonstrating English proficiency.

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As a senior clinician, I was keen to gain the skills required to engage with the Hospital executive team and equip myself with the knowledge to augment my clinical skills. The Master of Clinical Medicine (Leadership and Management) program has a comprehensive package that provides a broad depth of knowledge in a very practical sense.

I have gained invaluable insights to hospital infrastructure and the broader Australian health system. I have been able to engage with a variety of staff at all levels within the hospital setting that has enabled me to gain a new understanding of how hospitals work from the ground up.

The leadership component has been extremely helpful in my day to day work to enable me not only to contribute to the executive team but to get the best of the team I work with direct benefits to the patient.

The quality of teaching and faculty engagement has been exemplary with the online experience and collaboration in working together with other participants bringing a new richness to the learning experience.

From a practical standpoint this course has provided me the opportunity to have “open doors” to the highest positions in hospital. It has provided me the language to contribute and I can strongly recommended it to anyone interested not only in hospital management, but would go so far as to recommend that every senior clinician would gain invaluable insights useful for day to day practice by undertaking the course.

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