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  • Objectives
    This articulated program is designed for existing managers and practitioners looking to add management expertise to their existing skills base. Primarily it aims to prepare students to effectively manage a primary health care service in a remote area. It has a particular orientation to Indigenous health management and is applicable to remote areas in Australia and overseas. Aboriginal or Torres Strait Island remote health managers and practitioners are encouraged to apply.Learning outcomesAt completion of the course, students are expected to be able to: * analyse their own cultural background and apply the insights gained to a study of the context and culture of remote health management in Australia; * recognise and analyse the key concepts underlying the development of the health care systems in remote Australia; * identify and apply the principles of primary health care to the management of remote health services; * practise as culturally safe managers of remote health services with an on-going commitment to community development, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander self-determination, partnership and two-way learning; * demonstrate operational and strategic management skills and knowledge in the remote context; * analyse issues relating to the management of remote health teams, specifically in relation to human resources, supervision and performance management, financial reports and operational and strategic planning; * manage an effective and efficient primary health care service in a remote context by: - developing and implementing strategies to maximise workforce capacity - optimising financial capacity - designing and managing organisational structures and processes; * analyse strategic organisational structures and processes - intersectoral, partnerships, community participation; * analyse national/international policies and legislation that impact on remote health services; * demonstrate an understanding of bioethics and ethics related to working with Indigenous communities; * demonstrate leadership and advocacy in remote health; * apply health economic concepts in the planning, delivery and evaluation of health services in remote regions; * analyse economic arguments presented in the health literature; * apply the principles of project management to the remote context; * articulate the contextual features of research in remote and Indigenous health; * describe the range of qualitative research techniques; * describe the application of appropriate methods to different research problems and settings; * design and critique a research proposal; * demonstrate independent learning skills while gaining further knowledge and skills for remote health management in chosen areas of study; * gain further knowledge and skills for remote health management in chosen areas of study.
  • Entry requirements
    Applicants who do not hold the Graduate Diploma in Remote Health Management must normally hold a four-year degree or an honours degree, or a three year degree (or equivalent as determined by the Faculty Board) together with two years of remote area experience.
  • Academic Title
    Master of Remote Health Management
  • Course description
    The Master of Remote Health Management is a 54-unit program which is offered by the Faculty of Health Sciences on a Commonwealth Supported basis. The program is normally undertaken in three semesters full-time or six semesters part-time.

    Note: Full fee-paying places are available on request to students who are in receipt of a scholarship which covers fee-paying student tuition fees only.

    The course articulates with the Graduate Certificate in Remote Health Management and the Graduate Diploma in Remote Health Management and the sequentially developed topics allow progression through the three awards.

    Students who hold the graduate certificate or the graduate diploma are granted credit for topics already taken.

    PROGRAM OF STUDY  [November, 2008]

    Students who enrolled in the Master of Remote Health Management prior to 2007 are asked to contact the Course Coordinator, Ms Sabina Knight on (08) 8951 4700 or email: sabina.knight@flinders.edu.au

    To qualify for the Master of Remote Health Management, a student must complete 54 units with a grade of P or NGP or better in each topic, according to the following program of study.

    Not all topics are necessarily available in a given year.


    Context of Remote Health



    Remote Primary Health Care



    Foundations of Remote Health Management: People, Planning and Money



    Remote Health Services Organisation, Resources and Workforce



    Research Method



    Remote Health Management - Policy and Leadership *



    Health Economics



    Project Management



    Independent Project **


    OR Elective


    * This topic can be taken in one semester but is also offered in two parts as two 3-unit topics. Part A (3 units) and Part B (3 units) must be undertaken in two consecutive semesters as they are taught and assessed as a continuum.

    ** This topic can be taken in one semester but is also available in two parts as two semester-based topics of 6 units. The two parts must be completed over two consecutive semesters as they are assessed as a continuum.

    The research project and elective topics must be chosen in consultation with the course coordinator and must be in an area relevant to the student's present or future practice. Except with permission of the Board:

        * the program must be completed within nine consecutive semesters;
        * no topic may be attempted more than twice.

    The award of a grade of Fail (F) in 18 or more units may constitute prima facie evidence of unsatisfactory progress for the purposes of the University's Policy on Student Progress.

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