Australian Institute of Health Service Management
The AIHSM is a collaborative partnership between the University and healthcare organisations. The Institute was formally established in 2013, being established on relationships from 2004. The AIHSM is currently a collaboration involving:
- Sydney Local Health District (SLHD)
- South Western Sydney Local Health District (SWSLHD)
- St Vincent’s Health Network (SVHN)
- Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District (NBMLHD)
- Northern Sydney Local Health District (NSLHD)
- NSW Health Pathology – South (HPS), and,
- Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care.
The AIHSM is guided by a Board with representatives from each of the partners. The Institute offers Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma, Masters and Doctoral programs. These includes a Master of Health Service Management (MHSM) and Master of Health Information Management (MHIM) programs.
The AIHSM is dedicated to improving the quality and efficiency of healthcare by up-skilling the workforce to lead and manage effectively in an increasingly complex industry sector.
The Institute offers outstanding postgraduate training and research. These activities are designed to provide current and future health information professionals with rigorous training, focused on issues of contemporary professional health management practice.
The AIHSM partners implement a graduate health management trainee (internship) program and a scholarship program for existing healthcare staff.
Currently in 2017, the AIHSM provides supervision and mentoring for up to 140 students, many studying with our industry partners, undertaking Masters and Doctoral studies.
Master-classes are a feature of the management development program. The classes are led by senior industry experts invited by the AIHSM Board members through their extensive professional networks. Each unit in each program provides an opportunity for health professionals-students to come together for a one to two day face-to-face class.
Additionally, in the respective programs, students undertake a major research project, jointly supervised by an industry partner and academic representative, which is aligned with the strategic priorities of the industry partner.
Project recommendations and implementation activities have produced tangible and significant health service management improvement and benefits, both clinical and financial, to the LHDs. The improvements include the more effective functioning of services, management development of teams, and enhanced succession planning.
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