Foundations of Leadership and Policy in Mental Health

This short course will provide you with:

  • An overview of key concepts and models of leadership and change management
  • An understanding of your own leadership attributes and development needs
  • Knowledge of how to be a leader in the area of mental health service and policy development
  • Best practice change management in the context of mental health reform in Australia
  • Insights into the development of strategy, organisational-level policy, and governance for achieving change

You will have the opportunity to apply these key concepts to a personal leadership development plan, providing the foundations for self-development as a leader and the development of service-level change and reform initiatives.

To register for the course, please complete the online registration form.

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Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for people working in mental health service delivery or policy development.

The course will help you develop your leadership skills and enhance your knowledge of current policy development and implementation in mental health.

Who offers the course?

The course is offered by the Brain and Mind Centre in Camperdown.

The course facilitator is Professor John Mendoza, director of consultancy agency Connetica Professor Mendoza’s professional expertise lies in the areas of:

  • social policy
  • health promotion
  • governance
  • change management
  • workplace mental health and well being programs

Professor Mendoza was the inaugural Chair of the National Advisory Council on Mental Health, and Deputy Chair of the Alcohol and other Drugs Council Board. Prior to this Professor Mendoza was the CEO of the Mental Health Council of Australia, and the Australian Sports Drug Agency. He has over 30 years experience in public policy development, implementation and evaluation in health, mental health and alcohol and drug areas. He has served on international, national and organisational boards, committees and working groups.

Professor Mendoza was awarded the QUT Alumni Award for Innovation and is an Adjunct Professor at the University of the Sunshine Coast, and Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Sydney.

Content will also be provided by Brain and Mind Research Centre's leading clinical researchers.

Level of assumed/required knowledge

  • There are no formal prerequisites however experience in a health and/or human service setting is assumed.
  • Some experience in developing, implementing or evaluating policy at the service, organisational or jurisdictional level will be beneficial and a bachelor degree in a relevant discipline is recommended.

Course duration

Friday 5 August: 9am - 5pm
Saturday 6 August: 9am - 1pm
Friday 9 September: 9am - 5pm
Saturday 10 September: 9am - 1pm
Friday 21 October: 9am - 5pm

How is the course assessed?

You will be asked to prepare two plans as assessment tasks:

  1. Personalised leadership assessment and development plan, identifying their own leadership capabilities, strengths, and learning priorities
  2. Change initiative and implementation plan for the participant’s own work context, or a different context of their choice

Completing the assessment tasks is optional however you will gain most from this short course if the tasks are attempted.

Can this course contribute to an academic degree?

Credit for this course may be awarded (at the discretion of the Course Coordinator) to students enrolling in the postgraduate program in Brain and Mind Sciences.

Course delivery

The workshops will be part didactic (lecture style) and part interactive. The didactic sessions will be short with opportunities to apply learning in workplace and other contexts.

You will gain most from the workshops by reading the recommended materials in advance, and participating in workshop discussions.

Course cost

$1000 including GST

Workshop dates

Friday 5 August: 9am - 5pm
Saturday 6 August: 9am - 1pm
Friday 9 September: 9am - 5pm
Saturday 10 September: 9am - 1pm
Friday 21 October: 9am - 5pm

You must attend all workshops to successfully complete this short course

Is this course accredited for CME points?


Further information and registration

For further information contact:

Postgraduate Office
T +61 2 9114 4048

To register for the course, please complete the online registration form.