Leadership and Innovation in Health

Leadership and Innovation in Health

Monash University in collaboration with the Harvard Macy Institute will deliver a five-day short course, right on your doorstep in Melbourne. In this unique program on Leadership, Innovation and Sustainability in Health, thought leaders from Monash University, the Harvard Macy Institute, and Internationally, will share their expertise to provide you with innovative ways to tackle global healthcare challenges.

What you can expect:

You will work closely with local and international thought leaders to identify challenges and develop strategies to lead and manage innovation and change in healthcare reform through your individual project work, case studies, journal clubs and group discussions.
Examples of themes that will be covered are:

  • Healthcare system design and funding
  • Health workforce planning and development
  • Challenges to current healthcare delivery in Australasia and internationally
  • Innovations in healthcare system and education planning

Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this unit, participants will be able to:

  • Identify local and global issues which affect the sustainability of healthcare delivery and education
  • Examine a range of different healthcare and health education models of delivery
  • Apply design thinking processes to develop innovative ways to meet the healthcare needs of the community
  • Articulate the rationale for researching these key areas of intensive research.
  • Apply an in-depth understanding of at least one relevant area of the current literature to educational practice.
  • Communicate a coherent summary of issues in a particular topical domain within the health professional education literature.
  • Synthesise the implications of empirical and theoretical literature underpinning health professional education practice.
  • Critique a range of perspectives within a particular topical domain within health professional education literature.
  • Apply theoretical and empirical literature to the development of educational innovations within their own health professional education context.

This course can be completed as a short course or as a 12 credit point unit toward a Monash award degree.
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Accreditation with various colleges and professional bodies is in process.

Royal Australasian College of Surgeons

This course is accredited with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons



ARACS CDP Approved

This educational activity has been approved in the RACS CPD Program. Fellows who participate can claim one point per hour in Maintenance of Knowledge and Skills (Total of 33 CPD points).

Participation in this activity will be populated into your RACS CPD Online.


Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine accreditation

This course is accredited with the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine.

30 PRPD points (Practice Reflective Professional Development)



Course Directors

Prof. Liz Armstrong

Liz Armstrong is the Director of the Harvard Macy Institute and Clinical Professor in Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School. She has held positions at Harvard Medical School since 1984, including Director of Curriculum 1988-1992 and Director of Medical Education 1992-2001.

A recent recipient of the prestigious Abraham Flexner Award for Distinguished Service to Medical Education which is awarded annually to an individual for extraordinary contributions to the medical education community. The award was first presented by the association in 1958 and is the AAMC's most prestigious honor. The Flexner Award recognizes the highest standards in medical education and honors individuals whose impact on medical education is national in scope. Watch the video here

She has played a leadership role in designing, implementing and expanding Harvard's New Pathway curriculum. In 1994 with funding from the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation, she created and continues to direct the Harvard Macy Institute. The Institute offers professional development programs for physician-educators and  leaders of reform in medical education worldwide. The global impact of the Harvard Macy Institute's programs expanded in 2001 when Liz joined Harvard Medical International as Director for Education Programs. Since then, she has customized the Harvard Macy programs through collaborative efforts with the  Association for the Study of Medical Education in the United Kingdom, the Council of Deans in Australia, the Karolinska Institute in Sweden, the University of Queensland in Australia, the National University of Singapore and most recently Monash University in Australia.

She has served on and chaired many Harvard Medical School committees and was a member of Cornell University's Board of Trustees and Cornell's Medical School Board of Overseers assisting in the major curricular reforms undertaken at their Medical College and School of Veterinary Medicine. Liz is currently a  member of the Editorial Board for Academic Medicine and is a Co-Director of the United States Europe Medical Education Exchange program. As a member of China Medical Board's Institute for International Education, she has been instrumental in developing global minimum essential requirements in medical education.  Recognized worldwide as an expert in medical education, she has lectured and written on this subject and received an honorary doctor of medicine degree from the University of Lund Medical Faculty in recognition of her international contributions to medical education.

Liz received her B.S. from Cornell University; M.A. in Teaching from Harvard University; Ph.D. in Curriculum Design and Instruction from Boston College.

A/Prof. Tom Aretz

Tom Aretz is a member of Partners HealthCare International (PHI)’s senior management team focusing largely on academic programs and institutions, such as universities, medical schools and academic medical centers.

A native of Germany, Tom has been in the academic practice of cardiovascular pathology since 1981. He was the course director of a major integrated medical school course at Harvard from 1992 to 2005. He is a Program Director for the Harvard Macy Institute, and has been involved in international programs since 1996. He holds a clinical appointment at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), where he completed his post-doctoral training. He has served on many academic and hospital (IRB chairman) committees and industrial boards, and is the co-founder of three medical technology companies. He received his medical degree from Harvard Medical School and is certified in anatomic and clinical pathology by the American Board of Pathology.

Tom has lectured and published extensively and has received multiple teaching awards at Harvard Medical School and MGH. He has also won recognition for his efforts to improve medical education around the world through intra-institutional collaborations. In 2006 he was named an “Ehrenbürger” (honorary citizen)of the Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich for his contributions to the long-standing then-PHMI-LMU alliance. In 2007, he was recognized with a MILES Award (Mentoring, Innovation, and Leadership in Educational Scholarship), given by the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine at the National University of Singapore, for outstanding contributions to the advancement of global medical education and academic medicine.

Prof. Margaret Hay

Margaret Hay is the inaugural Director of the Monash Institute for Health and Clinical Education and Academic Director, Student Admissions for the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences.

Margaret has worked in health professions education for the past decade in both curriculum governance and teaching roles. She is the inaugural Director of the recently established Monash Institute for Health and Clinical Education (MIHCE). She holds an adjunct A/Professor position with the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions, and is a course advisor and member of faculty for three Harvard Macy Institute courses in Boston. She also teaches into courses delivered by Partners International for the National Health Group, Singapore. Margaret is on the course advisory committee for the Harvard Medical School Master’s in Medical Education degree, and an invited member of the Association of Medical Educators Europe (AMEE) Research Committee. Prior to her current appointment she was Director, MBBS Admissions, Director, MBBS Assessment Data Analysis, Convenor, MBBS Assessment, and Convenor of Years 1 & 2 of the Monash MBBS. She has supervised to completion 15 doctoral students. Her research interests in health professions education are in Admissions and Assessment, particularly in the areas of tool design, predictive validity and tool performance. She currently Chairs the UMAT Test Management Committee and was formally on the GAMSAT Policy Committee. She has won a number of teaching prizes, and was the recipient of the Dean’s Award for Teaching Innovation, 2011 for her work in MBBS Assessment

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Teaching Faculty

Prof. Des Gorman

Des Gorman is Executive Chair, Health Workforce New Zealand and Professor of Medicine and Associate Dean, Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences, at the University of Auckland.

He holds a BSc, MBChB and MD from the University of Auckland, as well as a PhD from the University of Sydney. The two doctorates were awarded for in vivo research into brain injuries. Des’s primary research and clinical interests are brain injury, diving medicine, occupational medicine and toxicology. His research career includes more than 250 publications.

He is a Member of the Board of Directors of the New Zealand Accident Compensation and Rehabilitation Corporation (ACC), as well as a Member of the National Health Board and the Capital Investment Committee, Ministry of Health.

Des is currently overseeing health reforms in a number of different jurisdictions.

He has served in both the Royal Australian Navy and the Royal New Zealand Navy. During his service in the former, he trained as both a submariner and as a diving officer.

Prof. Erwin Loh

Professor Erwin Loh is Chief Medical Officer at Monash Health, Victoria’s largest health service. Prior to this he was the Deputy Chief Medical Officer at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre. He is a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Victoria and High Court of Australia. He has a medical degree from the University of Melbourne, and a law degree with honours from Monash University. He also has an MBA, Master of Health Service Management, and PhD with his thesis examining doctors in senior hospital management. He is Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators, Australasian College of Health Service Management, Australian Institute of Company Directors, and Australasian College of Legal Medicine.

He is currently Board Director of the Hudson Institute of Medical Research, Monash Health Research Precinct and Australasian College of Legal Medicine (where he is also Vice President). He is adjunct Clinical Professor at Monash University where he teaches health law and health services management.  He is also on faculty and teaches Leadership and Innovation for the Harvard-Macy Institute and Monash University. He is the Chair of the Victorian State Committee of the Royal Australasian College of Administrators. He has been an invited speaker of local and international conferences, published articles and book chapters on health law and medical management, and supervises doctoral students.

Prof. Donald Campbell

Don Campbell is a General Physician, Professor of Medicine at Monash University. He is Head of Division of General Medicine at Monash Health, with over 30 years experience in acute public hospitals. He is the inaugural Discipline Leader of the HealthCare InnovationbyDesign team within Monash Partners.

Don is President-elect, Internal Medicine Society of Australia and New Zealand. The Division of General Medicine is responsible for 200-240 acute inpatient bed including two Acute Assessment Units. He has evaluated assisted programs of change in health services delivery at State and Federal Government levels including Hospital Admission Risk Program for Victorian Government and initiatives to introduce clinical services redesign. Don has given invited talks at international meetings on Operations Research applied to health care. He is the Discipline Leader of the HealthCare InnovationbyDesign team within Monash Partners, which focuses on the patient or user experience and their interaction with the frontline health care delivery team.

Prof. Wayne Hodgson

In his role of Deputy Dean (Education) Wayne Hodgson, in conjunction with the Associate Dean (Learning and Teaching), is responsible for overseeing the Education Portfolio of the Faculty, which includes undergraduate and postgraduate coursework award courses delivered at Monash campuses in Australia, Malaysia and South Africa.

Wayne is a past winner of the Faculty's Jubilee Teaching Prize and continues to teach pharmacology to undergraduate students. Wayne has a keen interest in research that examines the relationship between admissions criteria (e.g. ATAR, interviews, aptitude tests) and subsequent performance at university. He played a key role in the development and implementation of ePharmacology an on-line resource to facilitate the learning of students enrolled in medicine and other allied health courses.

Wayne is Chair of the UMAT (Undergraduate Medicine and Health Sciences Admission Test) Board and a member of the VCAA (Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority) Board. Wayne is an internationally renowned toxinologist responsible for pharmacologically characterising a wide range of spider, snake and marine venoms. He has published >140 papers including manuscripts in Nature, PNAS and Molecular and Cellular Proteomics. Wayne has a long-standing commitment to excellence in the training of Higher Degree by Research (HDR) students.

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Please note course fees are non refundable 72 hours prior to course commencement.