Specialist Certificate in Clinical Leadership

The experience


Student experiences

“I have not done a course before that impacted on my clinical work so directly and profoundly. Even my junior doctors have noted the difference in me. The course presenters were of a superior calibre and shared their stories and knowledge so generously. Jill is a gem! Definitely a course that stays with you long after the last assessment.”

- Catherine, Consultant Psychiatrist

"The course was intellectually stimulating and at the same time practical. There were many lectures from leaders in healthcare. I would recommend the course to healthcare professionals wanting to develop their leadership and management skills.”

- Doug, Director Department of General Medicine

"Having a framework for unpacking leadership and management issues has proved invaluable. The practical focus of the course material places you in a far more powerful position when it comes to negotiating future leadership roles and responsibilities.”

- Kudzai, Telehealth Clinical Lead and Specialist Physician

Learn face-to-face

Subjects in this course offer a mix of in-person teaching and digital resources. You’ll have access to educators from business and clinical backgrounds, driven by evidence-based pedagogy.

At the University of Melbourne, you will have access to the best minds and a dynamic peer group. Throughout the course you will be able to engage closely with fellow students and share your knowledge with each other.

The Parkville campus

The University of Melbourne’s Parkville campus is an exciting place to study. As a student based at Parkville, you will enjoy:

An engaged cohort and professional network

You’ll join the brightest students from across Australia and the world and become part of a dynamic academic community. You will be able to engage closely with academic experts and peers and build a vital professional network.

University support services

We ensure a supportive environment for all students and offer a range of enrichment activities, including a student mentoring program, wellbeing services and academic skills support.

A vibrant campus

Our Parkville campus is a city within a city. With cafes, 12 libraries, gyms, specialty stores, a small supermarket, and even a seasonal farmers market, you’ll never have to leave.

Melbourne city life

The Parkville campus is located just a short walk to the Melbourne CBD, the famous Queen Victoria Market and a host of cafes, restaurants, shops, theatres, galleries and bars.

Who will you learn from

  • Professor Jill Klein, Program Director, Professor, Melbourne Business School and Melbourne Medical School
  • Associate Professor Kannan Sethuraman, Associate Professor of Operations Management Melbourne Business School
  • Associate Professor Jennifer Overbeck, Associate Professor of Management Melbourne Business School

Kannan Sethuraman

I am an expert on the transferability of lean operations to healthcare. In my current research, I’m delving into how disinvestment in low-value care can be promoted through the design of meaningful countermeasures. I am also studying the transferability and applicability of healthcare innovations from developing nations to Australia.

In the Clinical Leadership program, we explore how operational excellence can be achieved through leadership. I challenge participants to rethink how their workplaces can offer affordable world-class healthcare, looking at pioneering examples and studying their innovative approaches. I introduce the basic concepts behind lean operations and discuss the experience of Virginia Mason Medical Centre in Seattle, and their application of lean principles to their healthcare delivery process. Building on this case study, we explore the prerequisites for embracing lean in the Australian context and discuss the readiness of the participants' workplaces for this transformation.

It has been incredibly rewarding to be a part of this program. The participants are receptive to new ideas and engage enthusiastically, and exceptional in-class discussions have fostered several new collaborative research possibilities.

Kannan SethuramanAssociate Professor of Operations Management, Melbourne Business School