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Subsidised training positions for practice managers

29th March 2021

Expressions of interest are now open for RDN grant funding, with subsidised positions available to undertake training in the Fundamentals of Practice Management or the Diploma of Leadership in Healthcare Practice.

NSW Rural Doctors Network, in partnership with registered training organisation UNE Partnerships, is seeking expressions of interest from practice managers in MMM 3-7 locations who are looking to upskill.

Dependent on your level of experience, RDN is subsidising two types of training.


Fundamentals of Practice Management – 20 subsidised positions.

This course has a focus on staff and team management and business operations, complemented by an understanding of risk management and compliance, data and information management. Participants will be equipped with checklists and tools to apply in their practice, including a Practice Improvement Plan. A highly experienced trainer will guide participants through the continuous improvement process within general practice and a coaching session will support participants to plan and implement their future.

Please check eligibility criteria and course commitments [PDF 111KB].


Diploma of Leadership in Healthcare – 15 subsidised positions.

This qualification aims to help practice managers lead successful and sustainable medical practices in an increasingly dynamic healthcare environment. You will learn the skills and knowledge to apply effective leadership strategies for your practice to succeed within the challenging medical environment that faces healthcare leaders today. This is a nationally recognised and accredited program.

Please check eligibility criteria and course commitments [PDF 158KB].


The expression of interest period will close COB Friday 30 April 2021.

For any further questions please contact Kristy Seysener – Retention Manager via kseysener@nswrdn.com.au or phone 02 4924 8093.


2019 diploma group

Image: The 2019 practice managers who received funding for the Diploma gained so much from meeting each other in person.


Profile: Tania Cotterill – from Glenrock Country Practice.

Hear how successful completion of the Diploma of Professional Practice Leadership has assisted Tania to increase her knowledge and skills as a practice manager.

“After 10 years as practice manager in three busy practices, I knew it was time to take all that experience and enhance it with some professional training. So when the opportunity came to undertake the Diploma of Professional Practice Leadership I knew this was something I had to achieve. 

"The biggest challenge for me was actually being able to submit the first assignment as like many practice managers I'm a bit of a perfectionist. But once I finally hit that submit button everything fell into place and I had no problems with the work.  

"The course material was everything I do in my position as practice manager. But by consolidating my skills and taking them that step further, the Diploma gave me the skills and space to review and improve our systems and approaches. As a result, I was finally able to get through those tasks on the to-do list and make real improvements to our medical practice.  

"It has also been such an incredible confidence booster. It may be just a piece of paper but knowing I have a certificate and qualification to back up my role as a practice manager is so important to me: it makes me feel like my work is identified and recognised and this makes me feel more secure in the job market. 

"I would 100% recommend this course to other practice managers. It doesn't matter what age you are or how much experience you have, the Diploma is absolutely an opportunity for any practice manager wanting to increase their knowledge and skills.”


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