The qualification conferred at the successful completion of the Leadership for Clinicians Training Program also confers eligibility for Associate Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators (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. More information is available here.
Applicants must possess:
- A medical degree from a recognised Australian or New Zealand university, or equivalent
- Current medical registration
- Clinical (direct patient care) experience of at least three years full time equivalent in an Australian health system, or one that is comparable
- An interest in medical leadership and management and/or currently leading clinical departments
Applicants may express interest in being considered for a Queensland Rural Generalist Program sponsored position. While not mandatory, current Queensland Health employment and attainment of GP fellowship qualifications will be well regarded.
Duration and commitment
In 2021, the Leadership for Clinicians Training Program will be delivered online over five months from May to October. The proposed dates for delivery are available here. Enrolment in the Training Program requires commitment to complete the course requirements as soon as possible and no later than within twelve months of commencement.
An indication of the time commitment to undertake the Program is provided below:
- There are eight topics designed across five study themes.
- Each topic includes pre-session requirements, an interactive Zoom session and possible post-session activities.
- Assessment tasks are scheduled throughout the program and must be submitted for successful completion of the program
- There are eight interactive Zoom sessions and an additional Introduction webinar to be held prior to program commencement.
- The interactive Zoom sessions range from 4 to 7.5 hours. The preparatory work for each session requires a time commitment of 4 to 6 hours per session.
Total (approximately): 40 hours interactive Zoom sessions and approximately 40 hours independent self-paced learning. Number of hours may vary due to participant’s learning style.
Inclusions and exclusions
All participants will be required to fund costs associated with obtaining a formal AFRACMA qualification upon completion of the Program.
The approximate value of a QRGP subsidised place is $12,000. Self-funded participants will be required to meet the Program course fees themselves.
The Training Program will cover content specifically designed for rural and remote practice in Queensland, selected from the following key areas:
- Understanding the Australian and Queensland healthcare system
- Understanding your personal style as a leader and manager
- Clinical Governance
- Workforce management and engagement
- Strategy change and financial governance.
The Training Program is structured into eight topics consisting of:
- pre and post session activities
- interactive Zoom sessions
- Learning set and reflective exercise
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 the Program comprising:
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 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 explored 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.
Applications for the 2021 Program are now closed.
The 2021 Leadership for Clinicians Training Program: Associate Fellow (AFRACMA) Cohort Three is jointly funded by the Queensland Rural Generalist Pathway and the Prevention Division within the Queensland State Government’s Department of Health under the Medical Practitioner Workforce Plan for Queensland (MPWP4Q).