As Australia’s healthcare system continues to rapidly expand, so does the field of health administration – both as a profession and academic discipline. Health administration has a member-based academy: the Australasian College of Health Service Management. For current or aspiring administrators with a medical degree, there is the Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators.
Health Management College
The Australasian College of Health Service Management (the College) is an incorporated, non-profit professional body for health managers in Australasia. It brings together health managers and administrators to learn and share knowledge. The College aims to promote healthy communities by:
- Providing professional development and networking opportunities for health managers
- Advocating for and promoting the health management profession
- Recognising achievement in health service management
- Encouraging innovation and professional excellence.
The College has around 2500 members. It serves the community by boosting the quality of management in Australia’s health system. Better leadership improves patient outcomes and experiences. It also reduces healthcare costs and lifts morale among health workers.
University Health Management Courses
The College provides accreditation of university courses in health service management. Complementing ACHSM accredited courses, there are online degrees in health administration and related health and management fields. Further professional development opportunities are in the Colleges’ fellowship candidature process and mentoring and internship programs.
The Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators supports the study of health services management by medical practitioners. RACMA helps fill the need for specialist management skills in healthcare. Medical practitioners in leadership roles manage teams of highly trained professionals. This is within an increasingly complex health system in which new technologies are constantly emerging.
The College aims to help practitioners combine the training skills learned from the medical discipline with management knowledge and techniques. It has developed an education program to develop Fellowship Candidates as healthcare team leaders, with insight into the perspectives of medical-care customers and service providers.