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Leadership for Clinicians Training Program

The Royal Australasian College of Medical Administration (RACMA) offers a program of leadership modules to support medical practitioners; Leadership for Clinicians.

Medical leadership and engagement is associated with improved organisational performance. There is growing evidence that health services perform better when clinicians are actively involved in governance, workforce performance, strategic planning and decision making.

Through this program join other like-minded medical managers to learn how to best hone these skills.

The program will provide a framework to enhance skills and strategies for improving performance.


The Rural Workforce Agency Victoria (RWAV) has allocated some funding through the Medical Professional Development Subsidy to support rural and regional Victorian participants in the Leadership for Clinicians training program. The Medical Professional Development (MPD) Subsidy program is funded by the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services and administered by RWAV.

The subsidy will be up to a maximum of $3000 per applicant per financial year for eligible training. Total funding from the Department is capped and there are limits of each eligible subsidy in an application.

An application form should be completed and lodged with RWAV within 60 days of completion of the training. Supporting documentation must be supplied with this application.

For Subsidy guidelines and application details in full please go to: www.rwav.com.au/professional-development/grants or contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Course Themes

The Training Program will cover content selected from the following key areas:
  • Understanding the Australian and New Zealand healthcare systems
  • Understanding your personal style as a leader and manager
  • Clinical Governance
  • Workforce management and engagement
  • Strategy Change and Financial Governance
All themes are explored in the context of medical leadership.

The themes included are aimed at supporting the development of skills in the most challenging areas of medical management and leadership.

The Program

The Training Program is structured in three training modules consisting of:
  • One to three webinars
  • Interactive face to face workshop
  • Learning set and reflective exercise
  • Participants will complete an online quiz for successful completion of each module. Assessment is undertaken through participation in all activities.

    The Leadership for Clinicians training program includes tools designed to encourage self-assessment and to guide development through Action Learning during this training program.
  • Professional Management Development Plan: At the commencement of their 12 month Program, participants will be asked to develop a Professional Management Development Plan. The Professional Management Development Plan requires participants to self-audit and to reflectively consider their personal goals for their competency development during the course of the 12 month training program. Submission of a short reflective piece at the completion of the training program; the Personal Workplace Leadership Challenge will demonstrate how the participant has applied their learnings in their workplace.
  • Myer Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI): The MBTI tool provides participants with a leadership style theory that is explores in depth in Module 1.
  • 360 degree feedback: The 360 tool is completed towards the end of the training program and aims to provide an indicator of the participant’s development as a leader.
The modules incorporate best practice and take on board the expertise of leaders in the medical fields; consequent workshops will be delivered by a variety of State and national speakers, expert medical educators and RACMA Fellows.

The workshops, webinars and learning sets are designed to give medical practitioners fundamental knowledge and practical skills in medical management and leadership. These are the essentials that can effectively be incorporated into current working practice. Sessions are aimed at enabling individuals to enhance their performance and build working confidence and competence in a safe and confidential setting.

Full training program details can be sourced on the RACMA website.

Qualification and AFRACMA membership

The qualification conferred at the successful completion of the Leadership for Clinicians training program also confers eligibility for Associate Fellowship of RACMA (AFRACMA). Those wishing to pursue the full Fellowship in medical administration with RACMA may apply for 12 months credit entry to the Fellowship Training Program provided all other pre-requisites are met. Refer to RACMA's website for further details.

Duration and commitment

The Leadership for Clinicians training program will be delivered over twelve months. Participants are required to complete all requirements within two years of commencement. Enrolment in the training program requires commitment to complete the course requirements.

Professional Development

Completion of the Leadership for Clinicians training program is awarded 25 CPD points.

Other medical colleges may allow transfer of points to CPD programs. RACMA is seeking accreditation with RACGP for this program from 2017.


The following prerequisites apply:
  • A medical degree from a recognized Australian or New Zealand university, or equivalent.
  • Current general or specialist medical registration in Australia or New Zealand.
  • Clinical (direct patient care) experience of at least three years full time equivalent in an Australasian health system, or one that is comparable.
  • An interest in medical management and/or currently leading clinical departments in health organisations

For Subsidy guidelines and application details in full please go to www.rwav.com.au/professional-development/grants or contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Last Updated on Tuesday, 06 December 2016 15:17