Evolving Health Leadership - PDM1145

This brand new fully-online course provides access to industry-leading tools and insights to support health professionals in leading through an exciting but challenging transformation in the health industry.

The program draws on social cognitive neuroscience and behavioural economics to equip health leaders to:

  • define a new form of health leadership in a world that is rapidly transforming
  • apply new ways to lift individual and team performance (including shifting from being a ‘great clinician/educator’ to an ‘outstanding leader’
  • humanise health education and healthcare delivery by creating positive teams and cultures that deliver world-class person-centred care.

For this course, Monash University is pleased to be partnering with NeuroPower Group; an Australian based, highly regarded international behavioural strategy firm, specialising in human behaviour, leadership, and the future of work in healthcare.

Registrations close Sunday, 15 May 2022.

As changes across the health sector accelerate and intensify, leaders in healthcare education and practice face significant leadership challenges. How can we help individuals, teams, and whole organisations shift in fundamental and unprecedented ways to achieve/enhance outcomes within the hospital and community context?

The Evolving Health Leadership course equips leaders across the health sector to understand and prepare for seismic changes in healthcare education, service delivery and operations, and be active drivers of transformational shifts for their teams.

Drawing on the cutting-edge insights of social cognitive neuroscience and behavioural economics, it explores:

  • The role of leaders in the evolving world of work
  • The healthcare trends that need careful planning and navigation now
  • How to maximise your leadership judgement
  • The role of emotions in leadership decisions and interactions
  • The six key ingredients to enable performance (drawing on 30+ years of neuroscience)

Ultimately, this course is designed to provide you with practical tools that are immediately applicable for you as a leader, and that will make a significant difference in leading yourself and others.

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Short course: $3,685
Micro-credential: $4,125

  • 20% discount for Monash alumni
  • 10% discount for Monash staff
  • 10% discount for Monash Professional Development alumni

Group discounts
  • 5% discount for 5+ staff members
  • 10% discount for 10+ staff members
  • 15% discount for 15+ staff members

Contact cpd.moe@monash.edu to organise a group discount.

Who should attend

This course is designed for leaders of all levels across health professions education and delivery, from acute, community and primary care through to preventative care and health education and research. This includes roles in administration, allied health, general practice, medical, midwifery, nursing, operational, practice managers and more.

In particular, this course is for leaders who are looking to:

  • Shift or enhance their personal mindset and focus from ‘great clinician/educator’ to ‘outstanding leader’
  • Be a proactive part of the big changes happening across the health sector
  • Empower, coach and enable others to make decisions and take action
  • Understand the implications of emerging innovation and complexity, and equip themselves to navigate them through new ways of thinking, new approaches and new tools
  • Communicate more effectively across disciplines and teams
  • Master the art of building strong relationships across organisations and networks

Learning objectives

  1. Translate key trends in health leadership to your health organisation (with a focus on practical implications).
  2. Articulate the unique contributions of leaders at each layer of your health organisation.
  3. Identify factors that are preventing leadership alignment across your organisation.
  4. Apply insights from neuroscience and behavioural science to individual and team decision-making and interactions.
  5. Design interactions and team environments that better satisfy the social cognitive needs of the human brain (your own and those of others).
  6. Develop a practical and nuanced action plan for how your organisation/team can evolve its leadership approach.

Accelerate your qualification

Participants who complete the Evolving Health Leadership micro-credential can receive 6 credit points towards the Masters in Health Professions Education*.

*Maximum credit limits and minimum course entry requirements apply, see the terms and conditions page for more details

Enhance your CV

When you complete a professional development program with Monash, you're learning from a university that combines world-leading teaching, research and experiences, and consistently ranks in the world’s top 100 universities.

Upon completion of Evolving Health Leadership, you'll receive a Monash digital badge that enables you to demonstrate this with evidence of your course completion. It represents the valuable skills that you've gained through this professional development opportunity. By sharing your digital credential, you can build trust with your prospective employers and your professional network, and enhance your personal brand and your career. Find out more.

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Course schedule

The course orientation will commence 10 May 2022. During the orientation week, there will be a two hour virtual meet and greet.


WeekTopicStart Date
0 Course introduction 10 May 2022

Module 1. Redefining health leadership

WeekTopicStart Date
1 Trends in health leadership 17 May 2022
2 The role of leadership in healthcare 24 May 2022

Module 2. Drivers of change and opportunity

WeekTopicStart Date
3 Leadership judgement in a complex world 31 May 2022
4 Working with emotions 7 June 2022

Module 3. Humanising healthcare

WeekTopicStart Date
5 The neuroscience of performance 14 June 2022
6 RELISHing healthcare 21 June 2022
7 Consolidation and review 28 June 2022

Course structure

  • All course activities will be delivered online.
  • Participants are expected to invest approximately 15 hours per week, including four hours of live session time, and approximately 5 hours a week for those completing the assessments (some of which may be completed outside of the teaching period). However, you may choose to spend more time or less on the course during some weeks, depending on your other commitments一and the flexible learning experience is designed to help you do that.
  • Each week, you’ll have access to required videos, readings and podcasts. Some will be available upfront, while others are shared throughout the course.
Live interactive sessions
  • A key part of the ‘live’ course time is a weekly three-hour, interactive session from 4:00-7:00pm (AEST) on Tuesday night. This will be a key opportunity to explore the nuances of each topic with your fellow colleagues and key topic experts. These sessions will be recorded for those who are unable to attend the scheduled times.
  • The remaining one-hour of ‘live’ time involves small group peer catch ups.


Participants who complete the assessed version of the Evolving Health Leadership micro-credential can receive 6 credit points of unspecified credit towards the future Masters in Health Professions Education, which is projected to commence in Semester 1 2022.

*Maximum credit limits and minimum course entry requirements apply, see the terms and conditions page for more details

Assessment tasks

Assessment 1 – Organisational analysis (30%)

Due Week 3 (1500 words or 4-5 minute video)

  • A summary of how key trends are likely to influence your organisation  and the key shifts you’d recommend as areas of focus by 2030
Assessment  2 – Team dashboard and action plan (50%)

Due Week 9 (2500 words)

Application of core models introduced during the course to your own team, including:

  • Dashboard/diagnostic
  • Implications
  • Action plan
  • Communication
Assessment  3 – Reflective journal/exercise (20%)

Weeks 1-4 due Week 4 (300 words x 4)
Weeks 5-7 due Week 8 (300 words x 3)

  • Responses to weekly prompts (linked to module topics)

Faculty biographies

Anna Byrne

Partner (Strategy and Partnerships), NeuroPower Group

Anna is a behavioural strategist who specialises in solving interesting people's challenges and shaping mindsets, decisions and behaviours.  She uses a combination of neuroscience, neuropsychology and behavioural economics in her work as a strategic advisor to Boards, CEOs and leaders of all levels.

For the past decade, Anna has worked extensively across the Australian health system (both public and private) on complex transformations and helping leaders and teams build their ability to reach high performance and deliver for communities and consumers. This has included: leadership upskilling and clinician coaching; building the performance of clinical councils and health-related boards and executive teams; supporting complex technology transformations; strategic planning and teaming (for clinical teams, divisions and organisations); consumer change and engagement strategies/consultation; and partnership negotiations.

Outside her health work, Anna speaks internationally on topics ranging from the biology of leadership to the ethics of digital decisioning (an area that combines her formal qualifications in law, psychology and political science), and work with clients such as IAG, Suncorp, PwC, KPMG, Emirates Airlines and many others. Anna is also the co-author of Behavioural Economics for Business (launched at the World Bank in 2016) and the co-host of the world’s largest virtual governance conference, Decision84.

Ms Rachel Morrow

Senior Consultant, NeuroPower Group

Rachel is a Senior Consultant with the NeuroPower team. Bringing a background in organisational psychology, she works extensively across the public health system and is currently completing her PhD focused on needs alignment and associated health outcomes in Queensland and Victorian Emergency services (including as individuals transition from initial training to working in high pressure environments).

With a particular interest in research and translating evidence-based practices into reality, Rachel lectures in psychology and business including areas such as leadership, health and wellbeing, organisational change, the future of work and teaming. She is also currently helping drive a collaborative, international research project focused on the ripple effect of mass participation sporting events (and how events like triathlons, marathons and other large scale community events drive the health and wellbeing of communities).

Rachel works with boards, executives and senior teams across Queensland Health.  In particular, she specialises in tailoring, translating and integrating evidence-based frameworks to better meet the complex and unique needs of different organisational contexts across both public and private sectors. This has included bringing a human-centric lens to areas as diverse as: change management and transformation; executive and senior leadership teaming; innovation and co-design; business development and performance; communication and engagement; and program evaluation.

Mr Peter Burow

Author, Chairman, and Founding Partner, NeuroPower Group

Peter is the Founding Partner and Chairman of NeuroPower Group and authored the groundbreaking NeuroPower framework, a system which explains human behaviour through the integration of neuroscience, psychology and best practice management theory. Throughout his career, Peter has authored numerous books on the application of neuroscience and behavioural economics to business and leadership, including NeuroPower, The Neuroscience of Building High Performance Teams, Core Beliefs, The Change Handbook, and Leadership Style Finder.

The NeuroPower Framework (on which this course is based) is used by leading organisations across the globe, including Emirates Airline (United Arab Emirates), SAP and Oracle (Singapore), Allianz, IAG, Standard Chartered, PricewaterhouseCoopers (Australia and Asia), ThoughtWorks (Australia and United Kingdom), Genesis Energy (New Zealand), Vistage (USA), BMW (Germany), Rockwell Collins (Singapore) and many others.

It is also being used across the Queensland health system, where Peter works extensively with executive teams and boards, as well as the Queensland Clinical Senate and System Leadership Forum on leading culture change and the future of healthcare. Peter has also supported and facilitated the Queensland Health Reform Planning Group in shaping the future of health across the state.

Mr Misha Byrne

Partner (Europe and USA), NeuroPower Group

Misha is a social-cognitive neuroscientist who specialises in the neuroscience of performance. As a full-time behavioural strategist and ‘behaviour hacker’, he heads Consulting at The Future Academy X (Munich) and is a Partner at NeuroPower Group (Australia).

Misha specialises in helping leaders in complex, sensitive and rapidly changing environments build their personal skills in leading, and developing clear strategic paths forward.  This has seen him work extensively in health across Queensland, including building partnerships such as Brisbane Diamantina Health Partners, supporting strategic planning and culture-building activities for various health services, and redesigning models of services across mental health services.

With a special interest in the future of technology and how it can be leveraged to disrupt and reform existing systems for the better, some of Misha’s favourite projects have included: Working with one of Japan’s largest car manufacturers to prototype a ‘human-like’ AI personality for the first generation of truly autonomous vehicles; Working with leaders to drive digital transformation in hospitals, and training doctors and clinicians to embrace the next era of healthcare; Helping Google engineers to understand the science behind mindfulness; Forging new peace/nuclear disarmament alliances between Indian and Pakistani doctors in Delhi and Kathmandu.

Misha is a sought after international speaker, working with leading organisations such as Google, Siemens, Allianz, Emirates Airlines and BMW. He is also a Faculty Member of Singularity University (Portugal).

Ms Anna Waters

Chief Operating Officer and Partner, NeuroPower Group

Anna is a registered workplace psychologist who specialises in applying research and insights from organisational psychology and neuroscience to effect sustainable behaviour change. She has extensive experience in research, analysis and implementation of best practice culture change, leadership, strategy and engagement initiatives in health, including mass organisation-wide leadership development programs.

Anna works across a range of industries to use human-centred design to engage with consumers, stakeholders and communities to seek feedback on strategies and initiatives in a way that meaningfully engages people in the process to significantly accelerate key outcomes. Anna has more than 10 years’ experience working in multi-disciplinary teams to deliver results in highly complex and political environments. Anna’s experience in clinical leadership includes design, development and delivery of bespoke leadership development programs at Brisbane South Primary Health Network, University of Queensland Health Care, Device Technologies, Children’s Health Queensland, West Moreton Health, Townsville Hospital and Health Service, Cairns and Hinterland Hospital and Health Service.

Anna has also been a keynote speaker on the neuroscience of leadership for the Society of Construction Law Australia and the Association of Litigation Support Managers. Anna guest lectures at Griffith University for Masters and PhD organisational psychology students, and was a panelist at the 2019 Future of Work conference hosted by Griffith University.

Mr Zane Harris

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Partner, NeuroPower Group

Zane is the CEO/Managing Partner of NeuroPower Group. He leads a team of psychologists, neuroscientists, behavioural economists, researchers and designers that drive behaviour change in critical industries such as health, finance, technology and energy. Zane also leads an international network of accredited NeuroPower Practitioners and NeuroPower Ventures which supports and invests in startups who are pioneering the use of new technologies to understand and influence human behaviour.

Zane’s consulting specialty is in the science of high performance teams, rapid organisational-wide teaming and leadership at scale. Zane has a passion for the future of work, integrating the latest technology, innovative organisational design and ways of working.

Zane works with large corporations, government departments, and rapidly growing private companies and brings 15+ years experience leading significant organisational projects in both the public and the private sector. In health, Zane has worked with Device Technologies to drive leadership at scale and the adoption of innovative performance management techniques as they rapidly grew and expanded nationally and internationally leading to a doubling of company value. He has worked with numerous health services to build high functioning Leadership Pipelines, drive a ‘team of teams’ culture down through the service and build capability in leading through complexity resulting in more engaged cultures and improved patient outcomes.

Dr Louise Allen

Lecturer (Professional Development), Monash University

Louise is a dietitian by background and is currently a lecturer for the Monash Centre for Professional Development and Monash Online Education. She completed her PhD in 2020 which focused on exploring the broad impacts of continuing professional development in the health professions, including looking beyond impacts such as knowledge, skills and attitudes, to explore longer terms impacts such as the formation of networks and relationships and the benefits that your learners, colleagues, patients and institutions gain from you attending professional development amongst others.

Louise's PhD research highlighted the importance of social learning in generating long term impacts from professional development, and developed a survey to measure a broad range of impacts of professional development in the health professions which is soon to be published in Medical Teacher. She was awarded a 2020 Fulbright Postdoctoral Fulbright Scholarship.

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