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Shaping our workforce: a Tasmanian development program


Shannon, EA and Burchill, TA, Shaping our workforce: a Tasmanian development program, Australian Health Review, 37, (1) pp. 131-133. ISSN 0156-5788 (2013) [Contribution to Refereed Journal]

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DOI: doi:10.1071/AH12142


The Tasmanian Department of Health and Human Services management and leadership development program consists of a foundation program for frontline and aspiring managers, with additional program streams for graduate trainees, senior nurses and allied health professionals, clinical leaders and senior executive management teams. An academic pathway has also been developed in partnership with the University of Tasmania. Some elements of the management and leadership program were developed with a great deal of specificity and structure, while others have been left free to respond to expressed need as it arises. This case study describes the development and delivery, challenges and achievements of the program, focusing on the more structured elements: the foundation, graduate trainee and academic streams. In particular, it illustrates the strengths and weakness of a program that depends upon the goodwill and commitment of organisational partners and middle and senior managers, during a time of fiscal constraint. This article will be of interest to other jurisdictions and sectors seeking to strengthen staff management and leadership skills.

Item Details

Item Type:Contribution to Refereed Journal
Keywords:leadership development, health and human services, Tasmania
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Health services and systems
Research Field:Health care administration
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Schools and learning environments
Objective Field:Management, resources and leadership
UTAS Author:Shannon, EA (Dr Elizabeth Shannon)
ID Code:83078
Year Published:2013
Web of Science® Times Cited:6
Deposited By:Medicine
Deposited On:2013-02-28
Last Modified:2014-06-13
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