Diploma of Health Administration

The Diploma of Health Administration has been exclusively developed by the AMA to cater for the needs of middle managers in the health, aged care and community sectors.

The AMA undertook extensive industry consultation in the development of this nationally recognised qualification and is proud to say it is now one of the AMA’s flagship qualifications.

The Diploma addresses the unique mix of responsibilities that face our modern healthcare managers, from infection control, ethical leadership, health funding, team management, customer service and report writing skills.

The Diploma of Health Administration is an ideal qualification for current or aspiring Facility Managers, Regional Managers, Nurse Unit Managers, Clinical Nurse Managers and Allied Health Managers, and is delivered via AMA Training Service’s unique and engaging Assisted Study Program.

The Assisted Study Program  (ASP) strikes a balance between equipping you with the skills you need to complete your studies and maintaining your work/life balance (see more about the ASP in the Course Delivery section below).

AMA Training Services is a Study Loans accredited training provider, which gives eligible students the ability to spread the cost of their studies over a period of up to four years. (see more about Study Loans in the Course Fee section below).

Course Brochure (PDF):  View full details in the course brochure.

Assisted Study Program Delivery

The Assisted Study Program (ASP) was designed to ensure our students benefit from a rich and structured learning experience without losing flexibility along the way. Under the ASP, two units of competency are completed per school term, which keeps school holidays free from study. During the term, students are provided with weekly lectures via the AMA's virtual classroom environment. These lectures generally last for one hour. There are generally two such lectures per week, one per unit. The lectures are delivered live and the virtual classroom allows for a high level of interaction with students. However, we realise that not all students will be able to join the live online lectures, and as such these sessions are recorded and made available to all students to watch at their leisure.

For each term, students are given a comprehensive term planner, which shows when lectures are delivered as well as the recommended reading and project work to accompany that unit. There are no exams, the qualification is completed entirely by coursework. The technology is easy to use and has no cost attached to it for the student. Our program is specifically catered to suit students from a variety of professional and educational backgrounds. 

Finally, the ASP offers numerous workshops and seminars throughout the term which align with the units being undertaken. These workshops and seminars are delivered at our head office in Nedlands but streamed live (and recorded) for regional and interstate students. The seminars and workshops often feature guest speakers and offer a great value-add experience for our students.

Students also benefit from having access to industry-qualified and highly experienced lecturers to share their learning journey with them. 

Several units are delivered in a supported self-paced format which means that interested students can commence their studies at any time, and then join the next upcoming ASP term.

This is what our students have to say about the ASP:

“The guidance and support from the lectures makes it very enjoyable. I have already been able to action a few things at our practice.” – V. Yates

“The interactive live online lectures are awesome! The way the Diploma is delivered through online lectures and seminars throughout the term really reinforces what you’re learning.  As a busy working mother of 3 I love the fact that the lectures are recorded. Gives you that flexibility to juggle work, study and family life.” – Sarah R

"The lectures are very informative and the lecturers always there to guide you if you hit any obstacles." – A. Ingram


2022 / 2023 ASP Term Dates

ASP – Study Term

Commencement Date

Completion Date

Term 3 – 2022

18 July 2022 23 September 2022

Term 4 – 2022

10 October 2022

15 December 2022

Term 1 – 2023

1 February 2023

6 April 2023

Term 2 – 2023

24 April 2023

30 June 2023

Term 3 – 2023

17 July 2023 22 September 2023

Term 4 – 2023 

9 October 2023

15 December 2023


Units of Competency

The Diploma of Health Administration consists of 16 units, made up of 10 core units and 6 electives.

Course Units (complete all)
Unit Title Study Mode Study Date Unit Cost
HLTWHS004 Manage work health and safety Supported Self-Paced Start anytime $250
BSBPEF502 Develop and use emotional intelligence Supported Self-Paced Start anytime $250
BSBPMG430 Undertake project work Supported Self-Paced Start anytime $250
HLTINF004 Manage the prevention and control of infection Supported Self-Paced Start anytime $250
CHCPOL003 Research and apply evidence to practice Supported Self-Paced Start anytime $250
BSBMED301 Interpret and apply medical terminology appropriately 2-day course or supported self-paced Start anytime $400
BSBTEC402 Design and produce complex spreadsheets Assisted Study Program Term 3 2022 $500
BSBOPS504 Manage business risk Assisted Study Program Term 3 2022 $500
FNSACC513 Manage budgets and forecasts Assisted Study Program Term 4 2022 $500
BSBOPS505 Manage organisational customer service Assisted Study Program Term 4 2022 $500
TLIE4013 Apply workplace statistics Assisted Study Program Term 1 2023 $500
DHAMKD001 Manage the impact of key healthcare drivers on management practice Assisted Study Program Term 1 2023 $500
CHCLEG003 Manage legal and ethical compliance Assisted Study Program Term 2 2023 $500
BSBHRM525 Manage recruitment and onboarding Assisted Study Program Term 2 2023 $500
BSBLDR522 Manage people performance Assisted Study Program Term 3 2023 $500
BSBTWK502 Manage team effectiveness Assisted Study Program Term 3 2023 $500

The AMA is delighted to be working closely with Edith Cowan University (ECU) to offer students graduating from the Diploma of Health Administration advanced standing for further studies.

ECU is an innovative university that prides itself on being relevant to the real world. With state-of-the-art facilities and high-quality teaching, ECU is a modern institution that offers the right balance of academic study and practical work as part of its programs. The School of Business and Law at ECU also prides itself on delivering high quality teaching. In the Quality Indicators in Learning and Teaching (QILT) survey released in 2018, ECU has been ranked top public university in Australia for overall educational experience for the second year in a row, and was ranked the top public university for teaching quality, skills development and student support.

The School of Business and Law claimed the number one ranking for public universities in the categories of Business and Management and Law and Paralegal Studies for overall quality of educational experience and teaching quality. The School also achieved the top public university ranking in Business and Management for skills development and student support.

The School of Business and Law is pleased to partner with the Australian Medical Association, and offer students who wish to develop their management and leadership skills after completing the Diploma in Health Administration, up to 120 credit points advanced standing into ECU’s Bachelor of Commerce. The Bachelor of Commerce is available through on-campus and online delivery and offers thirteen majors across a broad range of disciplines. These majors are created in consultation with industry, with many being accredited and recognised professionally with relevant industry bodies.

Find out where ECU’s Bachelor of Commerce could take you today. Visit www.ecugetready.com.au/business for more information.

The Diploma of Health Administration is typically completed in 18 to 24 months depending on the speed with which any self-paced units are completed.

Course Fee:  $6,650, paid as you go

A non-refundable initial enrolment fee of $500 is all that is required to commence the course, which covers the cost of two self-paced core units.

Thereafter, units are paid for as they are undertaken.


AMA Training Services is a Study Loans accredited training provider. This course can be completed under a Study Loans arrangement by eligible students, allowing you to complete the course and pay for it over an extended period of time. To find out more, visit the Study Loans website

The 10720NAT Diploma of Health Administration is offered to international students via the AMA's international education arm, AMA College. For more information and enrolment, visit www.amacollege.edu.au.

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