School of Medicine

H702 Master of Clinical Leadership (MCL)

New course PDFDeakin’s Medical School is pleased to have established its first Masters level program, the Master of Clinical Leadership (H702). The graduation of our first cohort of Doctors in 2012 and the introduction of Optometry in 2012 reflect the commitment of Deakin’s Health faculty to producing outstanding clinicians.

The Faculty of Health recognises that healthcare is changing rapidly, and that the leadership and engagement of clinicians is critical to ensuring that healthcare develops in an effective and sustainable way. This principle is recognised throughout the world, and is embedded in Australia’s recent national reforms.

The Faculty of Health has established the MCL to assist clinicians to acquire the skills and knowledge they need to undertake leadership roles within the Australian healthcare system. The MCL is targeted at clinicians with significant clinical experience. This 12 unit program allows students to learn at their own pace and in their own environment, with most units being delivered through Deakin’s outstanding on line learning tools. Healthcare leadership requires skills and knowledge in a number of core management domains, so core units are taken within existing programs of the Master of Business Administration, the Master of Public Health and the Master of Health and Human Services management programs. Students have the opportunity to undertake 4 elective units of their own choice. The program has strong links with other Deakin schools and students are encouraged to consider undertaking their elective though formal research activities in clinical leadership. The Faculty of Health believes that there are major opportunities to contribute to the clinical leadership research base.

In addition, students will have the ability to choose Masters level elective units from other training providers*.

The centrepiece of the MCL are three Clinical Leadership Units, conducted sequentially over three trimesters in a calendar year by a cohort of students. These units will be run as residentials at the Deakin Management Centre at the Waurn Ponds campus, and will bring students and industry leaders together in a high calibre intensive learning environment. Students will also undertake action learning activities culminating in a major improvement project in the 3rd residential unit.

The Master of Clinical Leadership is coordinated by A/Prof Grant Phelps. Grant is an adult physician with many years of experience in Clinical Practice, Clinical Management, Healthcare consulting, and Health Policy. Grant is happy to talk with prospective students about the MCL and is available through the Medical School at

More details about the MCL are available on the Deakin course page

Prospective students are encouraged to email Health Student and Academic Services at or telephone 03 9251 7777 for further information.

*Subject to approval by course coordinator


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17th May 2013