How to become a Hospital Administrator

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 service organisations.

Personal requirements of a Hospital Administrator

  • Able to analyse and solve problems
  • Good planning, organisational and decision-making skills
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills

Education & Training for a Hospital Administrator

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. A number of universities in Australia offer degrees in these areas. 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. Contact the institutions you are interested in for more information. For full details, refer to the entries on the website at www.goodcareersguide.com.au or university handbooks. Entry to this occupation may be improved if you have work experience in the health industry.

Duties & Tasks of a Hospital Administrator

Hospital administrators may perform the following tasks:

  • 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.

Employment Opportunities for a Hospital Administrator

Hospital administrators are employed by public and private hospitals, community health centres, aged-care facilities and other health 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.

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