CQUni and Mackay Hospital and Health Services work together to train future leaders

Published:22 August 2019

Mackay Hospital and Health Services staff are enhancing their skills by undertaking a Certificate IV in Leadership Management at CQUniversity.

A partnership between CQUniversity and the Mackay Hospital and Health Services (MHHS) will aim to enhance the leadership capabilities of its clinical and non-clinical staff.

The partnership, which will see CQUniversity deliver a Certificate IV in Leadership and Management to MHHS staff, began recently and is expected to be completed in January 2021.

MHHS Chief Executive Jo Whitehead said the training was part of its first wholistic Leadership Development Program planned and delivered in partnership with Queensland Health's Clinical Excellence Queensland Division.

“The program consists of a number of exciting leadership development opportunities and aims to assist with the challenges faced in their current role and organisational improvement to shape participants mindsets for both the present and their future role as clinical and non-clinical leaders,” she said.

“One of the programs predominantly targeting non-clinical leaders is the Certificate IV in Leadership and Management Leadership course. We were keen to partner with CQUniversity as they were able to provide the flexibility and level of customisation to deliver this nationally recognised qualification in a cost-effective way.”

Ms Whitehead said 23 staff from various departments and locations involved in the training recently attended CQUni’s Mackay City Campus for a welcome day.

The customised training is a combination of online and face-to-face delivery, catering to the participants’ busy schedules.

“This provides significant benefit for our participants who are often time-poor. The face-to-face opportunity with the teacher also allows the participants to get to know the teacher and allows the group of 23 to bond and share learning experiences,” she said.

“We also wanted to provide this extra level of support as we recognised that some of our leaders might not have studied for a while, so we wanted to make sure they were fully set up with lots of support to succeed.

“This training will initially benefit the individual leaders and the leaders as a group. This will likely see benefits for the teams they lead, which will ultimately benefit our patients. This is all in line with our vision of ‘delivering Queensland’s Best Rural and Regional Health Care’.”

CQUni Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Engagement, Campuses & Mackay-Whitsundays Region) Professor Pierre Viljoen welcomed the partnership with MHHS.

“I am delighted at this new leadership development initiative with MHHS which will undoubtedly compliment the many and diverse links we already have with MHHS and further strengthen our existing, positive relationships,” he said.