You’ve got an eye for detail and never forget a plan. Now, channel your organisational skills into a practical and rewarding career supporting people to succeed by studying a practice management course.
What do practice management graduates do?
Graduates of practice management courses generally work as practice managers, and may seek employment in a range of private practice, clinic and hospital settings in various medical areas. If you work as a practice manager, you can expect to perform tasks like:
- Providing overall direction and management for the practice;
- Developing, implementing and monitoring procedures, policies and standards for medical, nursing, allied health and administrative staff;
- Coordinating and administering health and welfare programs and clinical services;
- Monitoring and evaluating resources devoted to health, welfare, recreation, housing, employment, training and other community facilities and services;
- Controlling administrative operations such as budget planning, report preparation, expenditure on supplies, equipment and services;
- Liaising with other health are welfare providers, boards and funding bodies to discuss areas of health and welfare service cooperation;
- Representing the practice at conventions, seminars and public hearings;
- Recruiting, inducting and managing staff; and
- Performing general administrative tasks.
Depending on the size of the practice you work for, you may be required to perform business management tasks or office management tasks in addition to your work as a practice manager.
Studying a practice management course will also equip you with the skills required to work in a variety of administration and management roles in other areas. You may choose to work as a:
You’ll thrive in practice management if you:
- Have excellent organisational and time management skills
- Have strong communication and interpersonal skills
- Are highly motivated
- Are proactive and disciplined
- Work well with people
- Love solving problems
- Can work well independently and in a team
- Can think critically
- Can make sound decisions
- Work well under pressure
The Australian Government’s Job Outlook predicts significant growth in the health sector, describing it as one of the country’s fastest-growing sectors. Job Outlook reports approximately 24,000 people are currently employed as practice managers in Australia, and acknowledges that over 85 per cent of those are employed in the health sector. According to Job Outlook, the sector will grow strongly over the next few years. Approximately 28,000 people will be employed as practice managers by 2020.
According to PayScale, practice managers earn between $48,000 and $62,000 per year, with an average salary of $62,000. PayScale reports that earning capacity isn’t closely tied with experience, meaning that entry-level managers may expect to earn a competitive salary. PayScale observes people often move from practice management roles to other leadership and management roles, including working as human resources managers, team leaders and chief executive officers.
- Australian Association of Practice Managers
- Australian Medical Association