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.
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.
Hospital administrators may perform the following tasks:
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.