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Online Health Leadership and Management Courses in Australia

Postgraduate studies in health leadership give you a versatile, interdisciplinary qualification you can apply in a range of roles and settings.


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A guide to online leadership and management courses in Australia

With an ageing population, more frequent natural disasters and the likelihood of future pandemics, skills and innovative leaders are in demand.

Leadership and management courses in Australia

Postgraduate studies in health leadership give you a versatile, interdisciplinary qualification you can apply in a range of roles and settings.  

Depending on your experience and career goals, you could run a nursing unit in a hospital, manage multidisciplinary community health services, or develop and implement quality-control processes in a clinical environment.

Explore Australian postgraduate health leadership and management courses and choose the qualification you need to advance your career.

Skills gained and learning outcomes in online health leadership and management postgraduate studies 

Online postgraduate study lets you build theoretical knowledge and hands-on skills, all while you work. You’ll examine contemporary healthcare and leadership concepts and then learn how to combine that knowledge with available resources to guide teams through change effectively. 

GlobalHealth Education's partner universities work closely with a host of industry bodies to develop their courses. You can be sure that your curriculum is designed around the contemporary industry and sits at the forefront of health best practices.

Online postgraduate study in health leadership will empower you with skills such as: 

  • Leading individuals and teams to improve quality, safety, risk and cost within complex healthcare systems.
  • Engaging and unifying stakeholders to drive desired future outcomes.
  • The ability to adapt to a changing healthcare system.
  • How to maintain relevance in a rapidly evolving environment, shaped by technological change, interdisciplinary thinking and macro circumstances such as global pandemics.
  • Research skills and presentation of solutions to stakeholders using evidence-based health care delivery theories.
  • Applying evidence-based thinking to arrive at better decisions across a range of healthcare disciplines. 

Topics you will cover: 

  • Managing change across multi-professional, interdisciplinary healthcare teams.
  • The complexities of our healthcare systems and services, including their policies and politics.
  • Data analysis, including the potential of digital health to harness data to improve decision making and drive change that achieves improved outcomes for patients and communities.
  • Interpersonal skills needed for effective leadership, including social and emotional competence, leading effective learning, and strategy development.
  • The driving forces behind the business of health care.
  • How to apply evidence-based thinking to improve decision making across a range of healthcare disciplines.
  • Comparisons of health systems, practices and policies and their impact on service quality and efficiencies. 

Career outcomes for online health leadership and management courses 

With a postgraduate qualification in health leadership you’ll be ready to take on roles such as: 

Practice manager  

  • Salary range: $75,000–90,000 per year
  • As a practice manager, you'll take control of the high-level strategy and planning functions that make a practice ‘tick’.
  • Use your skills and experience to make a practice operate more efficiently and provide the best possible experience for patients.

Executive director of nursing  

  • Salary range: $145,000–$165,000 per year.
  • As a director of nursing, you may lead nursing teams on the frontline of hospitals and medical clinics.
  • Maintain high standards of patient care, create training programs and support staff to achieve their objectives. 

Social services manager 

  • Salary range: $100,000–120,000 per year
  • Take a leading role in services that help some of the community’s most vulnerable people. 
  • Drive efficiency, allocate budgets, plan new initiatives and help make a tangible difference in clients’ lives. 

Other possible career paths include: 

  • healthcare manager 
  • medical administrator 
  • primary health organisation manager 
  • health service manager 
  • program director 

The difference between a specialist master's in healthcare leadership or health services management and an MBA

Broadly, there are two pathways you can choose from if you want to build your skills in health management and leadership through postgraduate study: 

  • a master's degree focusing on the healthcare sector or managing health services  
  • a Master of Business Administration (MBA). 

The pathway you choose depends on your interests and career aspirations. The key differences between the two are: 


Specialist health leadership and/or management masters  Master of Business Administration 
Can require a health or social care undergraduate degree as a prerequisite. Courses without this requirement offer opportunities for those with non-health backgrounds to build skills, knowledge and credentials in the health sector.  Can require undergraduate business studies. Courses without this requirement may require people with no business/administration experience to undertake additional units of study in business foundations. 
Majority of course content is specific to the health sector.  Course content includes data, case studies and other content from a boarder range of industries. May offer a health major or specialisation. 
Tends to focus specifically on the Australian regulatory environment.  Tends to have a more global perspective in content.
Covers management topics including people, organisation, strategy, etc., but rarely marketing, IT or finance.  Generally, a broader business degree than a specialist masters. Covers the range of enterprise functions – marketing, finance, accounting, HR, operations management and strategy. 
Suitable for people who aspire to be leaders within the health or social care sectors.  Suitable for those whose ultimate goal is to work either outside the health sector, or within the health sector in senior leadership or business management positions. 

Why choose accelerated online study

We list programs from our Australian university partners that are offered in the online accelerated mode of study. This mode is specifically designed to cater for busy people, who are balancing work and life while continuing their education as they build or change their careers in health and social care roles.