HSM404 Management and Leadership of Health and Aged Care Services (8)


This subject examines the nature of management and leadership in health service organisations. It emphasises foundations of organisation and management theory as a basis for understanding aspects of organisational behaviour including culture, power and politics, control, decision making, communication, groups and teams, conflict, leadership and change management.

+ Subject Availability Modes and Location

Session 1
DistanceBathurst Campus
Session 2
DistanceBathurst Campus
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Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Biomedical Sciences

Enrolment restrictions

Available only to postgraduate students in health related courses

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to discuss the nature of health service organisations;
  • be able to analyse own organisational context in relation to contextual and structural dimensions;
  • be able to formulate an explanation of management in relation to evolutionary, historical and theoretical perspectives and relate to own practice;
  • be able to explain the relationship between management/leadership and organisational performance with refererence to culture, power and politics, control, decision making, communication, groups and teams, conflict and change management;
  • be able to analyse the management of change and conflict in own workplace and justify recommendations for improvement.


The subject will cover the following topics:
  • The nature of health service organisatons
  • Environment structure and design
  • What managers do
  • Organisational effectiveness
  • Organisational control, problem solving and decision making
  • Organisational control, power and politics
  • Leadership
  • Perception, attitudes and motivation
  • Work groups and teams
  • Communication and managing collaboration and a conflict
  • Management and leadership of organisational change


The information contained in the 2016 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 06 September 2016. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.