ACU (Australian Catholic University)

ACU Alum

Issue 3, Summer 2012

Healthy management


Decisions made by healthcare managers affect people’s lives, but are they really prepared? Caitlin Ganter looks at a unique new degree that will ensure they are.

Recent health reforms and the increasing complexity of management practice means on-the-job training is no longer sufficient in many healthcare roles.

In response ACU has developed a specialised Masters of Business Administration (MBA) course, tailored specifically for senior managers in health-focused organisations.

Launching next year, the MBA (Health) is a specialist program providing candidates with a sound basis in contemporary business practice, customised to the needs of health-focused organisations and managers.

Professor Elizabeth More, Executive Dean of Business, said the health sector is the largest employing industry in Australia, with workforce development one of its greatest challenges.

“By 2016, one in four new jobs created in Australia will be health related and the demand for skilled workers is expected to continue growing at twice the rate of other industries,” she said. “In the emerging future healthcare, traditional skills and knowledge must be supplemented with IT savvy, strategic thinking and the skills and confidence to manage budgets and lead teams.”

Designed to fit into the busy lifestyles of healthcare professionals, Professor More said the program uniquely combines management practice and health units in a rigorous and applied flexible program of study.

“The University is particularly well placed to offer this course as ACU has a long-standing tradition of educating healthcare workers.

“The MBA (Health) is built on a foundation of ethical management and sound business practice. Our purpose is to challenge, empower and inspire graduates to make a positive difference in the healthcare arena - with the core values being responsible, ethical and sustainable decision-making.

Deputy Head of Business and MBA (Health) Coordinator, Professor Susan Dann, said the course would be beneficial for anyone working in management positions in facilities such as hospitals, health departments, community health and primary healthcare organisations, health insurance, and other health-focused institutions.

“The program provides specialist health sector knowledge in areas such as health informatics, governance, and healthcare policy and planning to complement the broad based management skills which form the foundation of the MBA program.”

The MBA (Health) will be available for full-time and part-time study. It will be delivered via mixed-mode comprising intensive weekend blocks and on-line delivery - to cater for time-poor managers and shift workers in the health sector - at the Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane campuses.

The MBA (Health) is also available as a customised program for organisations in conjunction with ACU Corporate – which can be delivered on-site in the workplace.

All qualifying MBA (Health) students will be eligible for the ACU MBA Dean’s Scholarship for Self and Society. For more information visit

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