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Fundamentals of Clinicians Becoming Healthcare Leaders

Jun 21, 2024 - Aug 2, 2024
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21 June to 2 August 2024


30 hours
(6-week block)

Delivery Mode

Online self-paced learning & learn with others via Zoom


(GST inclusive)

15% Discount

Use promo code FCBHL15 at checkout







Course overview


Please register on our waitlist for the next run of this course in 2025.

This short course aims to develop and increase your knowledge, understanding and skills in management and leadership so you can effectively transition from being a clinician to a healthcare leader in the 21st century.

With a focus on preparing you for leadership roles, you will explore the differences between management and leadership, and discuss the key elements between technical work versus management versus leadership, and why these elements matter in leading others within your health setting. Additionally, you will gain insights from evidence-based research for leading in the context of the future of health and explore the leadership characteristics and styles for leading effectively: now and in the future.

By the end of this course, you will be able to identify your strengths and weaknesses of the way you like to lead and discover how your current leadership styles affect others as we discuss the impact of leadership on teamwork, performance and organisational climate (or the work culture).

We will also look at your current and future skills for transitioning from a clinician to a healthcare leader, learning new behaviours while diminishing old, competing behaviours. Join this short course to learn how leadership impacts on your work, the organisational culture and put yourself in other's shoes to affect change and growth. 1:1 coaching is available in this short course for application of learning back in the workplace, now and in the future. Places are limited!


A/Prof Huong Le-Dao | UNSW Medicine & Health

Associate Professor Huong Le-Dao contributes to teaching, education and research in health management and leadership within UNSW Medicine & Health. She specialises in strategy, policy and change with a strong focus on transformational change management, project management, organisational effectiveness, and leadership development.

As Director of Short Courses within UNSW Medicine & Health, Huong leads our short courses, micro-nano credentials, and bespoke programs for the health sector to equip health professionals (clinicians and non-clinicians) with the needed capabilities and skills to boost their impact in health.

Huong's work in credential education and training, value-based health care, organisational effectiveness, project and change management, and leadership is shaping the health care system for the 21st century. Huong is passionate about better human experience and value in healthcare.

Who is this course suited to?

Junior medical officers (JMOs), trainees, interns, residents, registrars, nurses, consultants, staff specialists, visiting medical officers, allied health professionals, GPs, dentists, optometrists, veterinarians, scientists, pharmacists, physician assistants, medical and health professionals from public and private health settings who are making the transition from an individual contributor to a leader and influencer of people, or who have been leading others within the last 12 months in a clinical context or health care setting.

Online Synchronous Sessions (via Zoom)

  • Welcome session: 21 June 2024 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm AEST 
  • Zoom session 1 (Compulsory attendance): 29 June 2024 | 9:30 am - 1:30 pm AEST 
  • Zoom session 2 (Compulsory attendance): 6 July 2024 | 9:30 am - 1:30 pm AEST 
  • Completion course assessment: last day of the course 

All our Zoom sessions are recorded and available for viewing from anywhere, at any time.

What are the course learning outcomes?

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Describe the different leadership mindsets and styles required for leading effectively.
  • Discuss the different healthcare leadership roles for the 21st century, and where leadership is mostly required in your health setting and your organisation.
  • Identify your leadership styles and discuss how your leadership styles affect others and the work culture.
  • Choose the right leadership styles for the situation and context so you can lead and engage others more effectively.
  • Provide constructive feedback and facilitate courageous conversations for better connection and collaboration across boundaries.
  • Identify the leadership characteristics and your skills for transitioning from a clinician to a healthcare leader.
  • Map and reflect on your existing leadership strengths and areas for development so that you can bring out the best in others: now and in the future.

What core topics are offered?

For lifelong learning, the following topics are offered in the course for developing and increasing your knowledge, understanding and skills in the fundamentals of clinicians becoming healthcare leaders in the 21st century:

  • Leadership frameworks and fundamentals for leading self and others
  • Management vs leadership vs clinical/technical skills
  • The future of health and its impact on leadership
  • Leadership mindsets and styles for the 21st century
  • Emotional intelligence, conflict resolution, teamwork, and courageous conversations
  • Leading a diverse and inclusive team
  • My leadership styles (through evidence-based leadership self-assessment) and the current and future skills for transitioning from a clinician to a health care leader and to lead effectively

What are the course credentials?


This course is worth 3 UNSW Medicine & Health Executive Certificate in Health (FMECH) points, which provides formal recognition of professional development and reflects 30 hours of learning inclusive of pre-work, course participation, learning materials and support.

Upon successful course completion, you will be issued with a UNSW Medicine & Health verifiable credential. The credential is valid for 3 years and can be counted towards your continuing professional development (CPD). Please check with your college as the credential provides documentary evidence which substantiate activities claimed under your college program.

Can I use my credit towards further study?

You can partake in another short course with FMECH points to achieve a total 150 hours of learning. Once you have achieved a total of 15 points, reflecting 150 hours of learning, you can use the 15 points to apply for recognition of prior learning for 6 units of credit (UOC) towards a postgraduate program within UNSW Medicine & Health. It is essential to complete and submit the course assessment on or before the final day of the course if you wish to apply to use the points towards CPD and/or credit for a UNSW postgraduate program in the future.



Price is inclusive of 30 hours of learning, digital badging, online credential learning resources, evidence-based research, practical tools and techniques, 1:1 coaching, and course completion assessment. 


15% discount for UNSW Alumni and  UNSW Network, Affiliates, Staff, Students, Adjuncts, and Partners.

Additional discount available for UNSW Medicine & Health Short Course partners! To collect your additional discount, please insert "Partnership Discount" in the email subject and send to the Short Course Team.

Basic technology requirements

All our short courses are available in Canvas. To complete this short course, you will need access to a desktop computer, laptop or device with sufficient internet access and a web browser compatible with Canvas and Zoom.

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Further information

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We continuously improve our short courses to reflect the needs of our learners and their employers. If you are interested in connecting with us to explore bespoke programs for your organisation or team, please contact us.