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Health is a large and complex industry sector, with many funding and workforce challenges in the coming decades (increase and aging of the population, chronic disease, increased use of technologies etc). If you are about to apply for a health leadership role you will probably know a lot about these – if not, you might struggle to be competitive.

When considering a leadership role in the public system, it would be wise to show that you are familiar with State Government Strategic Health Plans, and the Business Plans and Priorities of your local district.  Also you should show that you have thought about the impact of the Australian National Health Reform Agreement on the advertised role.

As a busy clinician/technician wanting to move into a health leadership role, you may not have taken the time to find out what leadership frameworks or development opportunities exist in your organisation. Thanks to the intranet and Google, these are now easier to find.

Here are a few:

NHS Leadership Framework

Queensland Health – Healthcare Culture and Leadership Framework 2010

Victoria Health – LINK in Health (Leadership, Innovation, Networks and Knowledge)

Pan-Canadian Health Leadership Capability Framework Project

Good Luck with your Leadership application. The health sector needs great leaders to lead the coordination and cultural changes required for the future.

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………  but I still want out ! How can I apply for a job now?

When people first complain about workplace harassment and bullying, they generally just want it to stop. However when trust in the organisation to resolve this situation disappears, it is not unusual for the employee to think about moving to another job. Even when an investigation or other resolution strategy does sustain a complaint, the employee can be left feeling disillusioned and uncomfortable.

If you are in this situation, the employer will often asks ‘What outcome are you looking for?’  If you feel that the best option for you is to move on – why not consider asking for financial support to engage the services of a job coach.  A good job coach will:

  • help you to come to terms with the ‘grief’ of losing your old job
  • explore with you career options suited to your skills and aspirations
  • coach you to write a great Cover Letter and CV  (and address selection criteria if necessary), and prepare for common interview questions
  • help you to answer challenging interview questions like ‘Why do you want to leave your current job?’ or ‘Give us an example of when you have experienced conflict in a team and how have you managed this?’
  • give guidance on how to provide a referee report when your supervisor (if they are the person causing you distress) is not the best option

Employers can be very receptive to this option – especially when the alternative is paying for ongoing mediation, workers compensation claims, or the costs of a more protracted dispute.

As well as individual job coaching,  I also conduct workplace investigations for employers. For more about these services please click here.

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