Leading Health Services Innovation Program2023-03-08T13:48:21+10:00

Leading Health Services Innovation Program

Join our new generation of change makers

Healthcare systems and services around the world are increasingly complex and changing in nature.  Metro North Health is committed to supporting its workforce to innovate, transform and lead improvements for our health service over the next 10 years!

Metro North Health has awarded a contract to Griffith University (Reference number MNHHS113904) to deliver a Graduate Level Program in Health Services Innovation.

Designed specifically for 30-40 middle managers, and emerging change leaders, including clinicians and health service administrators, Griffith University will be delivering a part time, two year (one subject per semester) bespoke innovation, improvement, and health economics Graduate Certificate level program.

Metro North Health commenced the 6-month planning and implementation period in January 2023 ready for the planned program launch in July 2023.

Key dates:

  • March 2023 – Staff Expos, Virtual Roadshows & Book a Discovery Call
  • April 2023 – Applications open – Virtual Roadshows & Book a Discovery Call
  • 21 April 2023 – World Creativity and Innovation Day – Applications close 5pm 
  • May 2023 – Applications reviewed and shortlisted
  • June 2023 – Applicants notified
  • July 2023 – Program Starts Semester 2, 2023

Read more about the program below. Details are released progressively so be sure to sign up below for more information.

Designed for both clinical and non-clinical staff, every aspect of this program’s development is being influenced by Metro North Staff and Executive feedback to equip you with contemporary, leading-edge knowledge and skills to meet our current and future needs as a health service. You will learn how to design and lead change through projects and change agendas.

Since 2018 Metro North Health has committed to building staff capability and developing skills to embed value-based health care through: 

  • Understanding the funding, organisation, and evaluation of health services
  • Identifying health service problems
  • Undertaking a thorough analysis of enablers and barriers to sustaining health service improvement
  • Designing programs for implementation, and
  • Embedding good evaluation practices that examine health and cost consequences of change.

Embedding value-based health care whilst driving real-time frontline projects.

Throughout the two-year graduate certificate program (four courses part-time over two years), Griffith University and Metro North Health are working together to ensure the program integrates authentic assessment tasks.

Metro North Health has identified the knowledge and skill gaps essential for emerging change leaders committed to leading health service innovation in a health service context and have engaged Griffith University with the development of four units that address:

  1. Implementing innovation and change in the Australian health system
    • Understanding the context of the Australian health system and relevance to implementing innovation and change in complex systems
  2. Leading Innovation and Change in Healthcare
    • Understanding the factors that facilitate behaviour and culture change in health care organisations and skills necessary for leading innovation, change at individual and group behaviour levels.
  3. Health economics / cost effectiveness analysis
    • Using principles of health economics / cost effectiveness analysis to identify low and high value care. The focus is on transferable skills to support leaders in designing and evaluating initiatives.
  4. Implementation Science for practical application in quality improvement / service development and innovation projects
    • Using Implementation Science within the health service for practical application in quality improvement / service development and innovation supports clear problem identification and definition, knowledge translation, implementation, evaluation, de-implementation and sustainability.

Delivered part-time over two years, this graduate certificate will be delivered offsite (Griffith University’s Southbank Campus) in work time, via 5 face-to-face workshop days delivered through the semester.  

You will need to complete self-directed learning for assessments and to prepare for each highly interactive workshop day filled with opportunities for you and your cohort colleagues to facilitate deeper understanding of the material and build rapport with your fellow change makers of all professions from throughout the health service.

Metro North Health is working with Griffith University to ensure the relevancy of course content and assessments ahead of tuition commencing in Semester 2, 2023.

More information is coming soon!

Applications can be submitted via Smarty Grants from April.

As a clinician or health service administrator, you are a living example of Metro North Health’s “Values in Action”. You have a growth mindset, have cultivated the art of listening for understanding, can think outside the box, have an optimistic and positive outlook while being driven by a passion for, and deep commitment to improving patient outcomes within your role.

You “lead from where you are” and know how your work (wherever you work), contributes to your Facility/ Directorate/ Stream’s vision. You are well respected by your team, service line and department and advocate for evidence-based practice. You are willing to translate newly acquired skills into your workplace and share learnings with your team.

Griffith University entry requirements for graduate certificate program

More information coming soon!

In line with general entry requirements into postgraduate programs, you will need to hold a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience.  More information coming soon!

What does Metro North Health need from you?

You’ll be expected to:

  • enrol as a student at Griffith University, and abide by Griffith University policies and procedures
  • commit to and actively engage in all aspects of the program, including learning and assessment tasks
  • attend all face-to-face workshops (recognised as “workday”)
  • mentor / coach staff in your service line/ facility/ directorate/ stream and be mentored by cohort colleagues and Alumni
  • use your annual professional development leave to attend the face-to-face workshop days (noted below)
  • contribute a co-contribution fee each semester as determined by your occupational classification (aligns with Queensland Health Professional Development Allowance (PDA) (If you don’t receive a PDA allowance there will be an out-of-pocket fee of $600 per year) (noted below)

How will Metro North Health support you?

You will become part of a community of over 100 like-minded Health Service Innovators from across Metro North Health who have been selected for their passion and commitment to creating a healthcare improvement culture, from where they are.

You will be guided by the Metro North Research Learning Coordinator as you transition back to study whilst navigating the nuances, opportunities and mindset required to lead innovative change in the workplace.

Co-contribution fees

Each semester you will be invoiced the co-contribution fee based on your professional stream by Metro North Research.

Occupational classification Co-contribution fee each semester
Medical (including Senior Medical and Visiting Medical) $3230 (Full cost – no MNHHS subsidy)
Medical (Resident Medical Officers excl interns) $3230 Full cost – no MNHHS subsidy
Nursing $871.75*
Health Practitioner $913.00*
Administration / Operational $300.00*

* Subject to change in line with Enterprise Bargaining agreements

Professional development leave

Metro North Health and your sponsoring facility/ directorate/ stream is heavily subsidising your participation through recognising your attendance at face-to-face workshop days is considered a “normal workday” (similar to Executive Leaders Program).

You will be asked to contribute your annual Professional Development Leave (PDL) based on your professional stream entitlement for workshop days (20 workshop days in total) across 2023 (5 days), 2024 (10 days), 2025 (5 days).

The 5 days are spread across the semester, with no more than 2 consecutive days in a row. Additional days in excess of PDL are considered normal workdays supported by your work unit. In circumstances where no PDL is available you will be supported to apply for SARAS as essential training.

Your application consists of:

  • An application form (completed online via ‘SmartyGrants funding portal – opening soon). Your application will need to address three areas:
    • Who are you? Tell us about your background (200 words)
    • Your experience in leading change and projects, improvement or innovation (200 words)
    • What problems you want to explore, potential solutions noting how these problems align to strategic priorities or priorities of your Facility/ Directorate/ Stream/ Organisation (300 words)
  • a statement of support from your Line Manager / Head of Department.
    • This program is designed for one person to learn and share the learnings and benefits with the whole team. Metro North Health recognises the value in investing in your knowledge and skills to lead from where you are, and address improvement ideas and local problems that align to strategic/ Facility/ Directorate/ Stream priorities
  • 2-page curriculum vitae (CV) with you academic and work history

Applications open April 2023 and will close at 5pm on World Creativity and Innovation Day 21st April 2023!

Want to be considered for a July 2023 intake?

  1. Get along to the Metro North Staff Expos in March
  2. Fill in your details to be notified of more information including registering for a Virtual Roadshow
    • Friday 31 March 9:30 – 10:30
    • Wednesday 5 April 9:00 – 10:00
    • Wednesday 19 April 11:30 – 12:30
  3. Find out the Strategic and Executive Director /Facility/ Directorate/ Stream priorities! All applications are shortlisted by the relevant facility/ directorate/ stream Executive Director before being reviewed by a whole of health service selection panel.
  4. Meet with your line manager to seek their endorsement to be considered for one of 30 spots in the program.
  5. Book in a Discovery Call with the Metro North Learning Coordinator. In this highly beneficial one-on-one conversation, you’ll start the process of making an informed decision ahead of applications opening in April 2023. Through this conversation you’ll be able to see if there is an alignment with your skill set and mindset for this bespoke Metro North Health opportunity for middle managers, and emerging change leaders. Remember this opportunity is for both clinicians and health service administrators.

We look forward to meeting you!

For further information regarding the program and application process, visit us at the staff expos in March, attend one of the virtual roadshows scheduled for March and April 2023, or book in a Discovery Call

Contact: Louise D’Allura Learning Coordinator Graduate Certificate Health Services Innovation on 07 3647 9761 or MNHHS-Research-GradCertHSI@health.qld.gov.au

Contact us

Reach out to Metro North’s Learning Coordinator and Coach Louise D’Allura.

Email:  MetroNorthResearch-GradCertHSI@health.qld.gov.au
Phone: (07) 3647 9761

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