The course is designed and taught in alignment with local and international industry requirements and demands. It is taught by internationally recognised educators and industry experts who share with students their research, practice knowledge and wisdom. This provides students with direct access to valuable insights and networks into the contemporary health service management environment. Students can complete a major in health services planning or health information management. Health services planning: This major increases students' specialist planning knowledge and skills, which leads to an enhanced capacity to plan and manage health services in diverse health settings. It provides a blend of subjects to assist graduates to develop skills in planning and evaluating health services and understanding health needs, as well as managing people, resources, systems and processes within health services to meet the changing needs of communities, clinicians, governments and organisations. Health information management: This major provides a blend of subjects to assist graduates to employ a data-driven approach within the contemporary digitally evolving health environment. It prepares graduates to acquire and excel in positions such as health information managers, clinical coders, data analysts, costing experts or health informaticians. Both majors capitalise on state-of-the-art learning spaces that enable students to experience a seamless integration of online and face-to-face on-campus learning. Subjects use a broad range of activities, including client briefs, case studies and simulations where students engage in real-world learning around common management tasks and challenges. Each subject includes several intensive study days on campus. Educators in both programs are part of the UTS Centre for Health Services Management. The centre's team undertakes research into the delivery of health services, which in turn informs their teaching and knowledge of current industry demands. Students have opportunities to examine real-world health services challenges related to consumer engagement, digital health, demographics, health information management, leadership and management, quality and safety improvement, delivery of care to vulnerable groups, and workforce and service planning. The UTS Faculty of Health has strong and collaborative relationships with a number of health and social care services, as well as with professional bodies and community groups. This course has close and ongoing relationships to industry bodies including the Australasian College of Health Services Management (ACHSM), Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators (RACMA), Health Information Management Association of Australasia (HIMMA), Australian College of Nursing (ACN), Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (ACSQHC), Clinical Excellence Commission (CEC), Health Education Training Institute (HETI) and numerous local health districts and services across Australia.
The course prepares current or aspiring health service managers to assume a senior leadership role in the strategic and operational management of a wide range of health services and facilities. The aim of the course is to produce graduates that have an advanced and integrated understanding of a complex body of knowledge in the fields of health services management and planning or information management. By the end of the course, students have developed expert technical skills and capabilities required of managers working in both the public and private sectors to: analyse critically, reflect on and synthesise complex information, problems, concepts and theories that are fundamental to effective management and planning for the distribution and utilisation of human and financial resources and programs within the health and social sectors through the use of authentic case studies, simulations and learning strategies apply generic and specialist theories of management and leadership to the practice of health services management in areas including organisational design, financial management, managing quality risk and cost epidemiology and population health, power and politics, and either advanced planning for health services or health information management interpret and transmit knowledge, skills and ideas within the fields of health services management to both specialist and non-specialist audiences apply the knowledge and skills required of a health services manager and planner or health information manager to demonstrate autonomy, expert judgement, adaptability, responsibility and leadership as a practitioner in these fields.
Career options include both specialist positions such as health information managers and health planning managers, and generalist positions where additional knowledge of planning or health information management provides a competitive advantage (e.g. clinical and practice managers, directors of nursing, nursing and midwifery unit managers, quality and safety positions). These roles can be held within aged care services, health authorities (departments or ministries), health insurance companies, hospitals, primary and/or community care, and other healthcare facilities in the public, private, not-for-profit, government and non-government health sectors.
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