Support through every stage of your career

In the fast-paced world of medicine, professional development can mean the difference between staying on top . . . or being left behind. Upskilling yourself – with the skills that matter – paves the way to a future-proof career – allowing continual adaptation in an ever-changing vocation.

To support our Doctors in Training and Doctors in Specialist Training, we are hosting Upskill for Success – a comprehensive one-stop professional development program. This streamlined series is structured to upskill you in the key competencies of Leadership, Clinical Governance, and the 3 C’s of professional development: Communication, Culture & Collaboration.

We are kicking off our Upskill for Success program with the launch of a FREE Live Webinar that earns you CPD points on Monday 1st August 2022 at 7pm (AEST).

Sometimes an opportunity presents for you to achieve something for yourself as well as your patients . . .

Did you know that 1 in every 9 patients hospitalised in Australia suffers a complication?1 And if a patient stays overnight in hospital, this statistic rises to 1 in every 4?1  The sobering reality of healthcare is that we are not always successful in providing safe patient care. From an incorrect medication dose to a routine procedure gone wrong, the cause of many patient complications stems from clinical governance lapses including poor leadership, poor communication, and poor culture.

Whilst we will never be able to eliminate all adverse events, we can strive to be better. Join us for this special-event live webinar presented in collaboration with the AICG. Aimed specifically at Doctors in Specialist Training, this webinar will introduce you to the crucial concepts of Leadership and Clinical Governance – providing a framework for high-quality patient care and safe clinical practice.

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Online Leadership and Clinical Governance training courses


Working in collaboration with the Australasian Institute of Clinical Governance (AICG), a division of Health Education Australia Limited (HEAL), MDA National is offering Members the opportunity to complete two comprehensive online training courses – tackling the crucial concepts of Leadership and Clinical Governance.

The importance of leadership skills in the medical profession has traditionally taken a back seat to technical ability and academic achievement.2 However, patient complications arising from poor leadership - along with evidence on the positive association between leadership and unit performance - has led to an increased focus on developing doctor’s leadership skills.2 Good leadership promotes quality patient care and is instrumental in successful career progression. But how can we develop leadership skills?

Online Training Course


This online training course from the AICG will familiarise you with the fundamental values that underpin good leadership. The course is comprised of three comprehensive modules:

  • Module A: Identifying your Leadership Potential
  • Module B: Effective Leadership on the Front Line
  • Module C: Leading Innovation and Change

Each module takes approximately three hours to complete, providing 9 CPD hours per module. Four weeks of online access means you can upskill anywhere, anytime, and at your own pace. Valued at $150, this course is complimentary to the first 100 Members to register. Places are strictly limited – register now to avoid disappointment.

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Clinical governance is a framework by which all healthcare staff are held responsible for the continual improvement of patient care, through the establishment of an environment in which excellence thrives.3 In other words, it is doing “the right thing, at the right time, by the right person.”3

Good clinical governance is considered to have several key elements, including patient safety, quality improvement systems, clinical performance & effectiveness, governance, leadership & culture, partnering with consumers and a safe environment for the delivery of care. As doctors play an active role in the provision of patient care, an understanding of clinical governance is key to ongoing career success. But how is this achieved?

Online Training Course


This online training course from AICG is designed to help you understand contemporary clinical governance. The course is comprised of three comprehensive modules:

  • Module A: Introduction to Clinical Governance
  • Module B: The Role of Quality and Safety in Healthcare
  • Module C: Credentialing and Professional Development in Clinical Governance

Each module takes approximately two hours to complete, providing 6 CPD hours. Four weeks of online access means you can upskill anywhere, anytime, and at your own pace. Valued at $99, this course is complimentary to the first 100 MDA Members to register. Places will go fast – register now to avoid disappointment.

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Tailor-Made Training


To upskill you in Communication, Culture, & Collaboration, MDA National is proud to present our own tailor-made education workshops – providing everything you need for professional growth and personal development. The best part? The series is complimentary for Members.

Communication, Culture & Collaboration – The 3 C’s of Professional Development

During a typical hospital admission, patients will interact with numerous healthcare providers, including doctors, nurses, physiotherapists, and technicians. Consequently, effective communication and collaboration between healthcare professionals are essential to patient safety and quality of care.4

A collaborative culture is one where healthcare professionals communicate – working together to share problem-solving and decision-making responsibilities in partnership with patients and families.4  Communication, Culture & Collaboration walk hand in hand and are integral to effective clinical governance. But how can we upskill in these areas?

Tailor Made Training


Designed especially for our Doctors in Specialist Training, MDA National is proud to offer Members the opportunity to attend our complimentary professional development training workshops. These interactive virtual workshops draw on an extensive catalogue of educational material, upskilling you in the 3 C’s of professional development through the following comprehensive sessions:

  • Workshop A: Communicating for Success
  • Workshop B: Cultivating a Positive Team Culture
  • Workshop C: Collaboration in Action

Delivered as short-format workshops centred around the importance of safe patient care, these sessions are designed to enhance professional skill, build confidence, and provide a framework for practical application. To make upskilling even easier, our workshops are available on request – all you need is a group and a suitable room.

About Health Education Australia Limited & The Australasian Institute of Clinical Governance

HEAL is a not-for-profit organisation that provides innovative education programs designed to improve health outcomes. Formally known as VMPF, HEAL has been synonymous with quality medical education for the last 100 years - helping thousands of health professionals from Australia and overseas to acquire the skills and qualifications they need. HEAL take pride in delivering quality education and providing the best experiences for their students.

The AICG is a division of HEAL formed in direct response to the need for health professionals to strengthen their skills in clinical governance. The AICG firmly believes that individuals working in healthcare organisations hold the power to reduce the incidences of patient and consumer complications. By empowering healthcare providers through clinical governance, AICG aims to improve patient and consumer safety and quality of care.



  1. https://agedcare.royalcommission.gov.au/sites/default/files/2021-03/final-report-executive-summary.pdf
  2. Warren, O.J., & Carnall, R. (2009). Medical leadership: why it’s important, what is required, and how we develop it. British Medical Journal, 87(1023). https://pmj.bmj.com/content/87/1023/27
  3. Gray, C. (2005). What is clinical governance? British Medical Journal, 330(s254). https://www.bmj.com/content/330/7506/s254.3
  4. Morley, L., et al. (2017). Collaboration in health care. Journal of Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences, 48(2), 207-216. https://www.jmirs.org/article/S1939-8654(16)30117-5/pdf