Graduate Diploma of Clinical Leadership



If you have a primary qualification in one of the registered clinical professions (or in Social Work, Paramedicine or Physician Assistant), get the knowledge and skills to undertake a leadership role within the Australian health care industry.

Learning how to become a better leader is not part of the journey for many clinicians. Deakin's Graduate Diploma of Clinical Leadership provides you with an introduction to the management and leadership knowledge and skills to pursue roles that can affect change in health care. The course articulates further into the Master of Clinical Leadership program.

This course is largely delivered through online learning, allowing you to undertake off-campus study, often at a time and a place that suits you. As an off campus student, your studies are supported by a range of interactive teaching methods.

You will also have an opportunity to undertake research specific to clinical leadership.

As part of the course, you will undertake clinical leadership units offered as intensive residential study programs. These programs bring you together with industry experts and other students to encourage intense learning in an environment where ideas and concepts can be exchanged in ways which promote deep understanding

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Key facts


1 year full-time or part-time equivalent. Some units will run in block mode – refer to individual unit handbook entries for further details


Cloud (online) with three compulsory residential units

Cloud (online)

Trimester 1

  • Start date: March
  • Available at:
    • Cloud Campus with three compulsory residential units

Trimester 2

  • Start date: July
  • Available at:
    • Cloud Campus with three compulsory residential units

Trimester 3

  • Start date: November
  • Available at:
    • Cloud Campus with three compulsory residential units

Key information

Award granted

Graduate Diploma of Clinical Leadership


2018 course information

Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place

$25,712 for 1 yr full-time - Full-fee paying place
Learn more about fees and your options for paying.

Estimated tuition fee - (CSP)

Not applicable

Deakin code



Postgraduate (Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma)

Approval status

This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.

Australian Quality Framework (AQF) recognition

The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 8.

Course Structure

To complete the Graduate Diploma of Clinical Leadership students must attain 8 credit points. Each unit is equal to 1 credit point.

In order to gain 8 credit points you will need to study 8 units consisting of:

  • 3 core clinical leadership units (these are compulsory)
  • 4 Deakin Master of Clinical Leadership core units
  • 1 core unit from existing Deakin Master of Clinical Leadership selectives

Entry requirements

Deakin University offers admission to postgraduate courses through a number of Admission categories.

In all categories of admission, selection is based primarily on academic merit as indicated by an applicant's previous academic record.

Bachelor degree in a clinical^ health discipline, AND3 or more years of recent experience as a clinician evidenced through a personal statement or personal reference.

^Clinician is defined as a registered member of one of the AHPRA registered clinical professions ( or a bachelor qualified member of the Social Work, Dietician, Physician Assistant, Paramedicine professions, or clinical professions as approved by the School of Medicine.

For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection Policy visit the Deakin Policy Library.

Career outcomes

The Graduate Diploma of Clinical Leadership will equip graduates with the leadership skills and management knowledge required of senior clinical managers in healthcare organisations.

Course learning outcomes

Graduate Learning Outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes

Discipline Specific knowledge and capabilities

Use advanced skills to evaluate, theorise and apply an advanced and integrated body of knowledge to professional practice, clinical leadership and contemporary challenges faced by the healthcare system.


Use a range of communication techniques to justify and interpret theoretical propositions, methodologies, strategies, policies, conclusions and professional decisions to both specialist and non-specialist audiences.

Digital Literacy

Select and use digital technologies to effectively locate, use and disseminate credible information relevant to leadership in the healthcare setting.

Critical thinking

Synthesise and critically evaluate complex information, problems, ideas, concepts and theories as they relate to the clinical leadership role through the planning and execution of a substantial piece of scholarship in the field of clinical leadership.

Problem Solving

Apply advanced knowledge, technical skills and theory to creatively solve diverse problems within the field of healthcare and clinical leadership.


Critically reflect on own leadership development, displaying high level of responsibility, expert judgement and adaptability in professional practice.


Establish and foster collaborative relationships with a diverse range of individuals and groups and apply effective leadership strategies to effect change.

Global Citizenship

Demonstrate a high level of accountability and autonomy in clinical leadership practice, reflecting a global perspective on the impact of diverse social, cultural and environmental contexts on health, organisational and societal outcomes.


How to apply

Apply direct to Deakin

Applications must be made directly to the University through the Applicant Portal. For information on the application process and closing dates, see the how to apply web page. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.

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Faculty contact information

Health - Student and Academic Services
Tel 03 9251 7777


As a student in a Cloud (online) course in the Faculty of Health you will be expected to spend 11-13 hours every week studying, interacting via CloudDeakin and completing assessment tasks for each unit in your course. You will also be expected to attend 3 compulsory residential units at Waurn Ponds (Geelong) - see individual unit descriptions for more information.

Fee information

The tuition fees you pay will depend on the type of fee place you hold. 

  • If you are enrolled in a Commonwealth supported place, your tuition fees are calculated depending on the units you choose.
  • If you are enrolled in a full fee paying place, your tuition fees are calculated depending on the course you choose.

In both cases, the ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students completing the first year of this course. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the length of your course and any approved Credit for Prior Learning you have.

Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value. The ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is calculated by adding together 8 credit points of a typical combination of units for that course. Eight credit points is used as it represents a typical full-time enrolment load for a year.

You can find the credit point value of each unit under the Unit Description by searching for the unit in the Handbook.

Learn more about fees and available payment options.

Scholarship options

A Deakin scholarship could help you pay for your course fees, living costs and study materials. If you've got something special to offer Deakin - or maybe you just need a bit of extra support - we've got a scholarship opportunity for you. Search or browse through our scholarships

Additional course information

There is one alternative exit point available from H602 Graduate Diploma of Clinical Leadership:

  • H502 Graduate Certificate of Clinical Leadership consisting of 4 credit points,

Students must complete HME701, HME702, HME703. The remaining unit must be selected from the core and core selective units of H702.

There are additional fees associated with the residential units. For more information on fees please refer to:

Offered campuses

Study online at Cloud Campus

Students are able to study all or part of this course online. You can study anywhere, anytime through Deakin's Cloud Campus.

Learn more about studying online and the Cloud Campus

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