Health Practice Managers organise and control the functions and resources of health practices, such as administrative systems and practice personnel.

Specialisations: Chiropractic Practice Manager, Dental Practice Manager, Medical Practice Manager, Physiotherapy Practice Manager.

You usually need formal qualifications and prior experience to work as a Health Practice Manager. VET (Vocational Education and Training) and university are both common study pathways for Health Practice Managers.

Tasks

  • Contributes to the planning and review of office services, and sets priorities and office service standards.
  • Allocates human resources, space and equipment.
  • Assigns work to and monitors work performance of staff.
  • Manages records and accounts of the practice.
  • Liaises with professionals to co-ordinate practice business and to facilitate resolution of problems.
  • Manages physical facilities and ensures buildings and equipment are maintained.
  • Ensures compliance with occupational health and safety regulations.
  • Ensures work complies with relevant government legislation, policies and procedures.
  • Co-ordinates personnel activities such as hiring, promotions, performance management, payroll, training and supervision.

More about Practice Managers

All Practice Managers

  • $1,600 Weekly Pay
  • Strong Future Growth
  • Lower unemployment Unemployment

Health Practice Managers

  • 17,600 workers Employment Size
  • High skill Skill level rating
  • 59% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 42 hours Average full-time
  • 48 years Average age
  • 92% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Health Practice Managers (in their main job) grew very strongly over 5 years:
from 11,000 in 2011 to 17,600 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a medium sized occupation.
  • Location: Health Practice Managers work in many regions of Australia.
  • Industries: Most work in the Health Care and Social Assistance industry.
  • Full-time: More than half work full-time (59%, similar to the average of 66%), but there are many opportunities to work part-time.
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 42 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 48 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are 45 years or older (59%).
  • Gender: 92% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

Employment Outlook

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Main Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Health Care and Social Assistance95.5
Other Services1.0
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services0.9
Public Administration and Safety0.6
Other Industries2.0

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateHealth Practice ManagersAll Jobs Average
NSW33.431.6
VIC23.525.6
QLD21.020.0
SA7.67.0
WA10.210.8
TAS2.12.0
NT0.61.0
ACT1.81.9

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketHealth Practice ManagersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-190.2-5.05.0
20-242.7-9.39.3
25-3415.7-22.922.9
35-4422.2-22.022.0
45-5430.2-21.621.6
55-5914.2-9.09.0
60-648.8-6.06.0
65 and Over6.1-4.24.2

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: ABS, ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Type of QualificationHealth Practice ManagersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate9.2-10.110.1
Bachelor degree23.8-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma22.1-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV15.4-21.121.1
Year 1215.7-18.118.1
Year 114.9-4.84.8
Year 10 and below9.0-12.512.5

You usually need formal qualifications and prior experience to work as a Health Practice Manager. VET (Vocational Education and Training) and university are both common study pathways for Health Practice Managers.

You must also be registered with the Australian Association of Practice Management.

Thinking about study or training?

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need.

  • Search and compare thousands of higher education courses, and their entry requirements from different institutions across Australia at Course Seeker website.
  • Compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes on the QILT website.
  • Compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes on the My Skills website.
  • You might be interested in Business Services, Financial Services and Public Sector VET training pathways on the AAPathways website.

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Employers look for Practice Managers with strong interpersonal skills, who are reliable and can multitask under pressure.

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Knowledge

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  1. Clerical

    74% Skill level

    Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.

  2. Administration and Management

    70% Skill level

    Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

  3. English Language

    68% Skill level

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

  4. Customer and Personal Service

    66% Skill level

    Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  5. Education and Training

    64% Skill level

    Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

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  1. Electronic Mail

    100% Important

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  2. Telephone

    99% Important

    How often do you talk on the telephone?

  3. Face-to-Face Discussions

    98% Important

    How often do you talk with people face-to-face?

  4. Indoors, Heat Controlled

    97% Important

    How often do you work indoors with access to heating or cooling?

  5. Being Exact or Accurate

    90% Important

    How important is being very exact or highly accurate?

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The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 11-9111.00 - Medical and Health Services Managers.

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