Start Date

1 year(s) full-time

Program Code

4GD123 (Internal)

Study as
Full-time or part-time


$AU 24,300 per 1.0 EFTSL for students enrolled in 2022

Degree overview

  • In one year of full-time study, develop more advanced leadership and management skills to apply across the health and ageing sectors.
  • Enjoy flexible study options through online and on-campus learning so you can advance your career while you study.
  • 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
  • Join South Australia’s No. 1 university for graduate careers and teaching quality in health.2

12018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA). 2ComparED (QILT) Graduate Outcomes Survey 2018-20, Health Services and Support – Full-time Employment Indicator (Postgraduate). Public SA-founded universities only.


Business_Heath_Care_Portraits-6 copy_1.jpg The Graduate Diploma in Health Services Management will further extend your skills  to excel in leadership and management roles.

In just one year of full-time study, (or two years part-time equivalent) you’ll have the skills and knowledge to make informed decisions in a managerial capacity in the health and aged care sectors.

Graduates of this diploma may choose to go on to further study, and be eligible for credit towards, the Master of Health Services Management.

What you'll learn

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You'll 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 which apply in health and aged care.
  • Prepare for leadership roles in health within Australia and internationally.

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 which will enhance your analytical skills.

This is a more advanced formal qualification than the Graduate Certificate in Health Services Management.

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, as well as to contribute to online discussion forums. 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. You may have the option to undertake an exchange, short-term program or study tour overseas while you study. We have links with universities worldwide, as well as a range of travel grants available to make going overseas much more accessible.

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 an important qualification if you want to pursue leadership and managerial roles within the health sector.

With progressive study pathways at UniSA, you'll have a competitive edge as you progress in your career.

You'll get the flexibility and convenience of blended on-campus and online learning, with digital learning facilities and dedicated support staff who will be with you every step of the way.

As Australia’s University of Enterprise, UniSA has become a renowned centre of innovation in the sectors driving Australia's future forward, including health. Our above world-class research in public health and health services1 informs the courses you’ll study. As part of your management courses, you’ll study a business program ranked in the top 1% worldwide2, and internationally recognised for excellence in teaching, education and research.

12018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA). 2UniSA 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'll also benefit from industry guest speakers who will share their insights, giving you the opportunity to build valuable industry networks and relationships.

Online study

Online study

Part, or all, of this degree can be studied online. This means that you can:

  • study online, including accessing videos and course resources
  • participate in an interactive online learning environment
  • submit your assignments and get feedback online
  • use discussion forums for team work and communication

With interactive online course materials and a 24/7 learning environment, you can organise your study to suit your lifestyle. 

Please note that for some degrees, some on-campus attendance (such as to attend seminars, workshops or examinations) and/or placements may apply. Any applicable requirements will be detailed on individual course pages.

Career outcomes

Your career

Graduates will be competitively placed for 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 pursue postgraduate study to further your knowledge with the Master of Health Services Management.

How to apply

Applying to study with us:

  • Go to the top of this page and make note of the SATAC code, then click Apply.
  • You will be redirected through to the SATAC website to continue your application.


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

Our campuses have fantastic facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops, laboratories, tech zones, and spaces that simulate real work environments. You’ll also find student gyms and campus sport activities to keep you active. We also offer flexible study options, with online resources available for accessing lecture recordings, virtual classrooms, library resources and learning support. 

Adelaide also has a variety of accommodation options to suit different requirements and budgets should you need, from dedicated student accommodation to private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages or explore our student accommodation by urbanest on Bank Street in Adelaide’s lively cultural precinct, an ideal 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

Our student services provide you with all the support you need at university. You can access a full range of support services including academic and personal counselling, career advice, social support services, as well as those through our student association, USASA. When you become a UniSA student, you can also contact Campus Central for help with anything related to your degree. They will help you with your enrolment, ID cards, fees, timetables and more.

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 and laboratories, as well as spaces 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

As a healthcare leader, I am committed to developing and mentoring inspirational and enterprising health future leaders. My extensive experience working in multiple countries has reinforced my belief that great health leaders lead to improved patient outcomes. Our teaching team’s experience in large healthcare organisations offers authentic teaching and learning experiences. UniSA’s Health Services Management qualifications provide a wonderful opportunity to establish and develop your leadership capabilities.

Mrs Josephine Crockett

Program Director

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Mrs Josephine Crockett

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
Course Developer and Lecturer | University of South Australia

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Ian Walton

Master of Health Services Management
Course Developer and Lecturer | University of South Australia