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Start date

1 year(s) full-time

Program Code

2021: AUD$ 29,400 per annum (per 1.0 EFTSL)

English Language Requirements
  • IELTS total [6.5]
  • IELTS writing [6.5]
  • IELTS speaking [6.5]
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Degree overview

  • Develop your leadership and management skills and gain knowledge of the diverse health and ageing sectors.
  • Enjoy a blend of health and business courses for a contemporary health management focus.
  • Study course content informed by the competency framework developed by the Australasian College of Health Services Management.
  • Study a curriculum informed by above world-class research in Public Health and Health Services, Business and Management.1
  • Shorten the duration of your studies with credit if you have already completed our graduate certificate program.  
  • Study at the No. 1 University in South Australia for student experience and skill development in health.2

12018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA).
22021 Good Universities Guide – Health Services and Support Management (Postgraduate).



This Graduate Diploma is designed to improve and further extend the skills of health or medical professionals aiming to work in leadership and management roles within the health and aged care sectors. Professionals already working in this capacity will also enhance their career by gaining a formal qualification.

You will develop advanced leadership and management skills through a blend of project management, leadership competencies, and financial management courses.

In just 1 year of full-time study, you will be equipped with the skills and knowledge to make informed decisions in a managerial capacity in the health and aged care sectors.

Graduates who have already completed the Graduate Certificate in Health Services Management may be eligible for credit, which would reduce the time you study.

You may also choose to go onto further study and use this Graduate Diploma as credit to continue onto the Masters’ degree.

What you'll learn

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This Graduate Diploma will equip health professionals seeking leadership and management roles in the health and aged care sectors with a formal qualification.

You will develop the skills and knowledge to:

  • Understand theoretical and practical knowledge of organisational behaviour and the psychology of individuals and groups, including motivation and leadership
  • Lead a multi-stakeholder environment and handle social leadership challenges responsibly
  • Learn what it means to be an effective and responsible leader
  • Provide planning, budgeting and identify cost efficiencies to contribute in financial decision-making 
  • Effectively plan, manage, execute and deliver projects to completion
  • Develop and enhance your understanding of the quality, safety, and risk management standards that apply in health and aged care.

You can also tailor your studies by choosing two elective subjects to align with your area of interest. You may wish to gain skills required to design and evaluate complex health interventions, or pick electives that will enhance your analytical skills.

Degree structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
People, Leadership and Performance BUSS 5114 4.5
Financial and Economic Management for Health and Aged Care HLTH 5193 4.5
Responsible Leadership in Health HLTH 5196 4.5
Project Management for Business BUSS 5139 4.5
Health and Aged Care Systems and Operations HLTH 5201 4.5
Quality and Safety for Health and Aged Care Managers HLTH 5202 4.5
Elective 1 4.5 Rule(s): 1
Elective 2 4.5 Rule(s): 1

Study hours

For each course you study, you will need to allocate time for various classes such as lectures, tutorials, workshops, seminars and practicals. Plus you will need additional hours to study in your own time to complete assignments, readings and projects and contribute to online discussion forums (independent study). So as a general rule, if you are studying full-time you would need to allocate 12 – 26 hours of study when at university and 14 – 28 hours of independent study per week.



Your studies at UniSA will incorporate both professionally focused and research-based learning, so assessment types will vary. You can expect them to include:

  • Case studies and reports
  • Oral or online presentations
  • Essays and assignments
  • Quizzes
  • Real-world problem-solving exercises
  • A journal or portfolio.

Global opportunities

Enrich your studies and your life – make overseas study part of your qualification. Australian and international students may have the option to do an exchange, short-term program or study tour overseas. We have links with universities worldwide. You can choose short-term or semester-long study from a range of universities and countries depending on your area of study and cultural interests.

Take a look at the global opportunities available.

Global opportunities

Why Graduate Diploma in Health Services Management

Why this Degree

This Graduate Diploma is a great option if you are a health professional looking to take the next steps in your career by combining health and business for a contemporary health management focus. We offer accessible digital learning facilities and dedicated support staff who are with you every step of the way. 

Our commitment to research with an industry focus is unprecedented in South Australia. In the most recent Excellence in Research for Australia evaluation (2018), 100 per cent of our assessed research was rated at world-class or above. Our above world-class research in Public Health and Health Services1 informs the courses you will study, and as part of your management courses,2 you’ll be learning from a business program ranked in the top 1% worldwide,3 and internationally recognised for excellence in teaching, education and research. We are fast becoming a renowned centre of innovation and enterprise in the sectors that will drive Australia's future, including health and biomedicine.

It’s a very good time to choose UniSA for your postgraduate study.

12018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA).
2Students should note that some management courses in this degree are taught at our City West campus.
3UniSA Business is one of just ten institutions in Australia and 189 globally to be accredited by EQUIS (from over 16,500 worldwide). EFMD, February 2020.

Real-world connections

Learn from industry-experienced clinicians, professionals, and academics across health and business. You will also benefit from industry guest speakers who will share their insights, giving you the opportunity to build valuable industry networks and relationships.

We host regular University-wide employee master classes and employment expos, and alumni events in Australia and overseas.

Career outcomes

Your career

As a health professional, you will be able to seek a range of leadership and management positions in the health and aged care sectors

Graduates can work in a wide variety of health and ageing sectors in senior leadership roles such as:

  • Clinical Manager
  • Practice Manager
  • Aged Care Manager
  • Health and Welfare Services Manager
  • Medical or Hospital Administrator
  • Primary Health Organization Manager
  • Theatre Manager.

You may also decide to continue onto postgraduate study to further your knowledge with our Masters’ degree.

How to apply

How to apply for international students will give you helpful information about the application process at the University of South Australia. When you are ready, apply through our International Application System. If you would like to talk to someone near you about studying at the University of South Australia, we have agents all over the world who can assist you. Find an Education Agent in your country.


Every year, over 2,500 UniSA students are supported in their studies through scholarships and grants worth millions of dollars. Check out the scholarships below. One of them may be perfect for you. Visit our scholarships page for more.

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Your study experience and support

As a student at the University of South Australia you will have unique access to work placement opportunities, overseas study tours and exchanges, networking events, internships, guest speakers and more.

Our campuses are equipped with state-of-the-art facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments. These are all supported by the latest technologies and a 24/7 online learning platform. We have health services on campus, gymnasiums, technology zones and great student lounges. You will also have access to a range of community clinics, which provide professional and cost effective services in areas of health, law and psychology. There are campus sport activities to keep you active, and if you are keen to explore the social side of university life, there are movies, cooking demonstrations, parties and lots more.

Adelaide has a variety of accommodation options to suit different requirements and budgets. Options include dedicated student accommodation or private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages for plenty of options. If you need somewhere to live, our new student accommodation by urbanest is on Bank Street in Adelaide’s lively cultural precinct, a perfect location for students. It is within easy reach of UniSA’s city and metropolitan campuses, Rundle Mall shopping, the Central Market, Chinatown, and the West End’s vibrant nightlife. It is also across the road from the Adelaide train station, and on bus and tram routes.

Student services

Student services

International Student Services will make your life at university easier. We want you to be successful, and if you need help we will be there to assist. Support services include:

  • careers advice
  • help with student visas and health cover
  • personal counselling
  • academic counselling
  • fees and finance help
  • common rooms
  • prayer rooms
  • security officers
  • services offered through our student association, USASA
  • accommodation services 

We also offer study support from our Learning Advisers. You can work with them face-to-face or online. They are here to help you develop academically and professionally during your studies. They also offer help with the English language. When you become a UniSA student you can contact Campus Central for help with anything related to your degree. They will help you with your enrolment, ID cards, fees, timetables and any other questions you might have.

24/7 digital environment

Our learnonline facilities include a personal learning environment with virtual classrooms, lecture recordings, emails, learning support, administration, library access and results. The environment is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so you can tailor your learning to your life. We are continually investing in innovative digital technologies for a high-quality student learning experience.

Student services

Your campus

We have six campuses in metropolitan and regional areas, each with advanced facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments.

Location This degree is delivered at the following campus.

Your study spaces

You will be able to experience a range of on-campus spaces including modern lecture theatres, collaborative teaching rooms, and relaxed student lounges.

Your study spaces

Your program director

The Master of Health Service Management offers you the opportunity to develop skills and knowledge in contemporary health management theory and practice, develop your leadership skills and gain an in-depth understanding of health workforce planning. Additionally, you will develop skills in strategic decision-making, learn about managing human resources, planning and implementing health programs, and managing health budgets from respected industry practitioners and academics.

Prof Mark Mackay

Program Director

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Prof Mark Mackay

Program Director


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I am passionate about conveying the knowledge I have gained at National and State levels to current and prospective managers, aiming to provide them with a range of helpful tools, to assist them to cope with the diverse, and complex challenges which lay ahead.

Ian Walton

Master of Health Services Management
Employment: University of South Australia
Role: Course Developer and Lecturer

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Ian Walton

Master of Health Services Management
<br />Employment: University of South Australia