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Hospital administrators plan, direct and coordinate health and administrative services provided by hospitals, community health services, aged-care facilities, private healthcare facilities and other health Future Growth Very Strong service organisations. Their work may involve strategy, operations and managing clinical practices or entire health systems. Some are employed by health authorities or government departments. They may also work as self-employed consultants. Demand for this occupation is largely influenced by government funding, and competition for available positions is strong. There is an increasing demand for administrators with postgraduate qualifications, as well as good financial and management skills.

Hospital manager positions include titles such as hospital administrators, patient care managers and practice managers. They typically manage an entire facility, a medical practice group of physicians, or a specific clinical area or department such as finance, materials management or patient care services.

ANZSCO ID: 111211

Alternative names: Hospital Manager, Patient Care Manager, Practice Manager


Knowledge, skills and attributes

Personal requirements of a Hospital Administrator

  • Able to analyse and solve problems

  • Good planning, organisational and decision-making skills

  • Good communication and interpersonal skills

Anyone planning to make the jump to a hospital manager position needs to learn the qualities needed for success in the field. These qualities include removing roadblocks for employees, having knowledge of the technology in the hospital or facility, and knowing employee routines and responsibilities. Knowing what a typical day or week is like helps open one’s eyes to everything that’s involved in a managerial role at a healthcare facility.

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 (Source: Good Universities Guide)

 

Duties and Tasks

Hospital administrators:

  • prepare annual funding estimates, forecasting the demand for services and allocating budgets
  • improve and maintain delivery of health services by planning the services and accounting for the cost of care and the distribution of staff
  • represent the health service by attending meetings, seminars and functions
  • talk to members of the community, local interest groups, politicians, industry associations and the media in relation to the organisation and the services provided
  • act as liaison officer between the governing body of the health organisation and health authorities
  • manage staff in areas such as cleaning, safety, maintenance, records and accounts
  • take part in identifying problems and needs within the health service by attending staff meetings
  • liaise with medical and nursing staff
  • interpret industrial awards and other regulations concerning staff employment contracts
  • develop and implement new policies and procedures
  • participate in the promotion of occupational health and safety management within the organisation.
Did You Know?

Keeping a hospital running requires a great deal of organisation and administration. During your hospital stay, you will see a wide range of support and administrative staff taking care of everything from laundry and meals to patient transport and maintenance.

Hospital support staff you may meet during your stay include:

•clinical assistants – take care of ward housekeeping

•patient services assistants – bring meals and drinks

•porters – take care of patient lifting and transport

•volunteers – help with fundraising and ward visits

•ward clerks – staff the ward reception desks.


(Source: Better Health Victoria)

 

Education and training/entrance requirements

To become a hospital administrator you usually have to complete a degree in health management at university. You may also consider a degree in business with a health-related major. To get into these courses you usually need to gain your Senior Secondary Certificate of Education. Prerequisite subjects, or assumed knowledge, in one or more of English and mathematics are normally required. Universities have different prerequisites and some have flexible entry requirements or offer external study.


Did You Know?

The West Australian

27 September 2014

The smell of a hospital ward is, traditionally, the smell of boiled cabbage.

But when stage one of the Fiona Stanley Hospital opens next week, there won't be an errant aroma in the building. Free-roaming food delivery robots, cutting-edge cooking and "fully traceable" food safety protocols are all part of a bold new era for hospital catering.

Front and centre in the high-tech push are the hospital's 18 automated guided vehicles, which bustle around the corridors like friendly daleks guided by a combination of GPS, proximity sensors, wi-fi and some powerful computing.

"They can interrogate the hospital systems by wi-fi to call a lift and program it to take their trolley to the right floor and deliver food across the campus," Fiona Stanley's soft services manager Breffni Doyle said.

The 300kg AGVs will deliver up to 2200 meals a day, directly to wards without human intervention, once they leave the kitchen.

When the robot docks with a food trolley, it is instructed where to go via a computer chip.

"The technology means food is not held too long and the time between cooking and delivery is significantly reduced," head chef Steve Newson said. Patients will be able to order their meals via a patient entertainment system that also delivers movies, TV, radio and news to the bed via a smart terminal.

"We want to make the dining experience as rich and enjoyable as possible," Mr Newson said.

"We buy in fresh vegetables, steaming them and chilling them ourselves. All our wet dishes are made on site from scratch."

Mr Newson and his team of chefs are directed, first and foremost, by nutritional guidelines and portion sizes set by the hospital's nutritionists.

Salt is reduced in all foods and there's not a deep fryer to be found anywhere on the campus.

(Source: The West Australian)

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