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Here's What You Need to Know If You Want to Make a Career in Health Administration:

Health administrators are responsible for shaping the way health institutions operate. They take charge of making changes to policies, if necessary, to better serve the wider community in improving the healthcare systems in facilities such as nursing homes, hospitals and clinics.

Health administrators are worth their weight in gold. Working as one could see you observing current practices and putting your mark on making the way things are run better, in private or public health industry institutions.

Is Health Administration Right For You?

In general, health administrators work in offices. If you hate the idea of being chained to a desk all day and would rather be outdoors in your career then this type of work probably isn't right for you. The job is mainly conducted from inside an office and usually fulltime working hours are undertaken in a busy environment.

As well as working in-house, having the ability to communicate effectively and incorporate discretion when required is highly important in this position. Depending on where you are based you could be dealing with patients, doctors, nurses, suppliers, insurance companies and other allied health professionals. Being an exceptional communicator on the phone, in writing and/or face to face is a must.

Outside of everything else an excellent health administrator should be analytical. They should be able to assess their working environment and see ways to make it more organised and efficient. Thinking more about systems then tasks, understanding and focusing on the big picture is always number one in their workload.

Job Opportunities

If you're considering a career as a health administrator, here are some findings you'll like from the Australian Government Job Outlook Initiative:

  • Average earnings for full-time workers are around $1,717 per week (very high compared to the all jobs average of $1,230). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
  • Over the next 5 years (to May 2022) the number of workers is expected to grow very strongly to 26,800. Around 17,000 job openings are likely over this time from workers leaving and new jobs being created (a large number for an occupation of this size).
  • Health and Welfare Services Managers work in most parts of Australia.
  • Full-time work is very common. Full-time workers, on average, work 37.4 hours per week (compared to the all jobs average of 40 hours).

Types of Courses

There are many short courses in health administration to consider. They can be conducted online or in person and are offered Australia wide. Whether you are looking to start your career in health administration or step up into a leadership role, short courses are plentiful and quick to complete.

Here is a brief outlook of the qualifications on offer.

Certificate III in Health Administration

This course can be taken in 6 months and teaches the skills administrative workers in the health industry need to demonstrate and use when executing daily tasks and procedures. You will learn how to communicate effectively and provide exceptional customer service and discretion when dealing with patients.

Certificate IV in Health Administration

This qualification lasts 1 year and teaches the traits of what it takes to work in a senior or team leading position in the health industry.

Career Outcomes

A career as a health administrator could see you better the way health facilities are currently operating and help improve the experience of others in this exciting industry. Here are some potential job titles:

  • Ward Clerk
  • Medical Receptionist
  • Medical Administrative Assistant
  • Admissions Clerk
  • Patient Support Services
  • Patient Support Attendant
  • Environmental Services Attendant
  • Orderly Nursing Assistant

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