The Department of Health Care Management is a discipline in the College of Medicine & Public Health at Flinders University.
We formally opened in July 1995 and are situated in the Health Sciences Building at Bedford Park campus in Adelaide.
Although we are part of a broader team involved in teaching and research in the medical program, we retain our own identity for education and research in health care management.
About 80 postgraduate students study with us each year, most of them working full-time and studying part-time. Many of our students are sponsored by their employers, in both the private and public sectors.
Additionally, we have approximately 20 undergraduate students enrolled in our management topic in the Bachelor of Health Sciences, and close to 600 postgraduate students enrolled in our offshore programs.
Our teaching - methods, content, class times and locations - is designed to be flexible to suit our students' needs.
Our small core faculty has strong practical management experience and is supported by both industry-based lecturers and academic leaders. In this way we ensure that the course content is updated constantly and made relevant to the needs of practising health and aged care managers.
Students are also able to pursue personal interests by taking topics in Public Health, Law, Education and other disciplines within the Flinders University and other institutions.
Our degrees are structured to enable students to extend their course of study from graduate certificate through postgraduate diploma to masters levels as they choose. All units of study fully credited at the next level. Each year, more students are choosing to complete the Masters, which is becoming the industry standard.
During 2013, all of our courses were re-accredited for a four-year period (2014-2017 inclusive) by the Australasian College of Health Service Management (ACHSM), using the new 2013 framework.
Additionally, the Master of Health Administration by the Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators (RACMA) is listed as one of its recommended programs for the medical administration Fellowship Training Program.
We have also adopted a 'statement of graduate attributes' which spells out our approach to teaching and the competencies we aim to assist our students to develop.
We are extending the reach of our program to rural South Australia and other states through online and other distance learning methods.
Our present postgraduate study programs are offered to both Australian and international students.
Extensive use is made of web-based teaching methods combined with face-to-face teaching in full day or full week intensives.