Health Services Management plays a vital role in society, in ensuring that public and private investment in health is well spent, delivering effective and efficient services. It puts management studies in the distinctive context of the health sector to integrate clinical understanding, management skills and knowledge of the health care system and policy development. Health Services Management graduates are in demand to work in health system quality improvement, financial management and occupational health and safety. Two areas of growth are in mental health services and the aged care sector. Graduates will be skilled in managing and responding to rapid changes within the health care system and in areas that deal with policy initiative, development and evaluation.
The program combines studies of managing people, resources and finances with a comprehensive foundation of the health sciences to develop the professional competencies important for ethical and multidisciplinary practice. Evidence-based practice is one of the most important requirements in healthcare today and a strong feature of the program. There is room for electives in areas of individual interest, allowing a richer experience of university life, or to create a secondary specialization in Health Promotion or Therapeutic Recreation.
Career opportunities for Bachelor of Health Science (Heath Services Management)
Quality Improvement Officer
Quality Improvement Officers coordinate the Australian Council of Health care Standards EQuIPNational Accreditation for an area health service. EQuIPNational is a four-year accreditation program for health services that ensures a continued focus on quality across the health care organization. Quality improvement officers can also be involved in the strategic planning and supervision of quality and safety activities a major metropolitan hospitals.
Project Officers work specifically on designated health related projects. Their tasks involve the conceptualization, design, implementation and evaluation of the project. They can also be involved in evaluating and formulating operational improvements for a health district.
Practice managers coordinate and manage the day to day operations of a health care practice (such as a community or medical). They coordinate staffing, and the overall provisioning of services. They are also responsible for managing the budget and ensuring compliance with work health and safety policies and procedures. Such a role is often taken once a graduate has achieved some experience in the health field
Divisional Health Service Manager
Divisional managers provide management, operational and financial support to a division of a health care service. Their duties include maintaining budgets and human resources.