Analyzing the scenario of the public health leader




Leadership is a process to engage all the subordinates to a common goal which is planned and directed. Leadership is an important component when there is a requirement of leading people or a community to achieve a common goal. Being a proper leader requires skills, abilities and competencies that an individual must have in order to effectively lead and direct the subordinates. It is important to consider that through the help of leadership there can be management of common emotion, mitigation of conflicts and creation of common motivation through which the leader can make sure that the community or the subordinates are able to achieve the common goal desired. In the current assessment there will be discussion over leadership methods that should be use in her role as an General practitioner and Public health officer to make sure she is able to lead the community in a prominent way and is able to make sure  that the people in the community trust her and respect her leadership as an public health officer.  For this purpose the use of Australian Health leadership framework will be done which will make sure proper methods and approaches are used by Helen to counter the challenges and problems that she is facing in her leadership as an public health officer.

 Analyzing the scenario of the public health leader, presented in the Australian public health context using the Australian Health Leadership Framework

For the purpose of analyzing the scenario of public health leaders in the Australian public health it is important to analyze the situation that is contextual to the Australian Health leadership framework.  In the current case of Helen it is seen that she's a general practitioner and has been practicing in Warrnambool in the State of Victoria for 5 years.  As she is a general practitioner she practices in providing primary care in the region.  Now for her good practice in the region to increase child immunization and spreading awareness for cancer she was acclaimed by the council of Warrnambool and was also nominated as the public health officer in the area. Now the point of focus for Glen after being nominated as public health officer was to promote healthy communication, increase the accessibility of health services, and environmental health issues. The programs in her role as public health officer are to ensure sanitation, housing infection control and increased immunization programs. This makes it evident that her tenure as public health officer is very ambitious in nature. Although the region in which she was made the public health officer has a community composed of diverse, multiethnic, aged, town planners, lawmakers and architects that were never before led by a young woman as their public health officer. This is a social barrier for the new public health officer that she is wil face externally.

On the other hand Helen is a person who has never before been in a public health office and has no experience of how to conduct this job role and she has also managed a staff to operate in her operational activities.  She is an introverted person with limitations in her interpersonal communication skills although she is a qualified and ambitious optimistic woman that can adapt to the situation and operate in a significant manner. In her operation she has been provided by a team that consists of environment officers, nurses, biostatisticians, IT support, and administrators. Hence she has an componente and staff that will help her in operating in a significant manner. In the current state the application of Australian Health leadership Framework will be very helpful and will help helm achieving the goal and overcoming the social and personal barrier so as to achieve the ambitions and goals that have been set by the council.

The Australian Health  Leadership Framework is focused on creating a health system that is equitable, effective and sustainable in nature (Dickson & Tholl, 2014).  Through this framework the health leader will be able to shape systems, drive innovation, achieve outcomes, engage others and lead self to healthcare oriented goals that are required in the community.  It is important to understand that this is similar to other leadership frameworks that are there in different industries. Health leadership framework practices health with its purposes and complexities. It is stated within the framework that the quality of leadership which is present directly impacts the degree of care provided to the patient and the degree of support that is provided to health practices. As per this framework, leaders generally affect the community’s trust in management, commitment towards health and team effectiveness (Hulcombe, Sturgess, Souvlis & Fitzgerald, 2014). Such as other leadership models this framework also centralizes the leader’s approach to mobilize the subordinates and team to a common health goal that is to be achieved for the benefit of the community.

As per this framework leadership, governance and management is considered as the bedrock over which the improvement of health and health related aspects can be done.  Distributed leadership and work approach is a method through which leaders can achieve a health system that is equitable, effective and sustainable in nature (Fletcher & Marchildon, 2014). LEADS Australia is a body setting principles of leadership in which the first principle is that the leadership through the health system and operation should be good, the second principle is that development of capable leader is required to lead disruptive change and the last principle is of the personal attributes that tends to make sure how efficient the leader is hence the following attributes should be developed by the firm (Anderson et al. 2015).  The goal of the leadership framework is to create a health system that is focused on people’s benefits, inclusive, equitable, effective and sustainable.

Now the following framework is effective in the current case where Helen can use the following framework to boost her leadership approach so that she is able to develop her personal attribute to become an efficient leader. She has to overcome the obstacle of social barriers that people in the current community have. For this purpose engaging the people in the community through health programs will benefit and create her good leadership image. She can use the health leadership framework to make sure that the health system within the region is people oriented, inclusive, equitable, accessible, sustainable and effective (Bainbridge et al. 2015). In this way the majority of the ambitions and goals that the council has from her will be achieved and she will be able to prove herself as a leader. She has a competent staff and using the distributive approach as suggested in the framework she will be able allocate tasks to different members that should be completed by them in this way a collective objective would be achieved in a rapid pace (Schmied, Fowler, Rossiter, Homer & Kruske, 2014). Hence it can be said that application of Australian Health leadership framework will benefit Helen in her leadership approach as the Public Health officer in the region.

Undertaking a self?assessment using the Leadership self?assessment tool

After carrying out self assessment through the leadership self assessment tool I have found out that my personal qualities are that I have my own value and eths that I follow, or aim calm in pressures and I learn and apply it in my operations. Working with other qualities that I have includes that I share information and identify opportunities, I communicate clearly and take account of needs, seek for views of others and I put myself to lead teams. Managing services that I have include planning and managing resources which I do very well whereas and also partially good in managing my performance.

The skills and qualities that I have in regards to improving services is that I ensure patient safety, facilitate transformation and I am also good in encouraging improvement and innovation in the workplace. I am also good in setting directions which includes identifying context of change, decisions and evaluating the impact of the change that has been made. I have qualities of  developing vision for an organization, communicating the vision and embodying the vision within the operations of health activities. I have good strategy making skills that include framing, developing and embedding the strategy that helps in me leading the firm in an effective manner.

Reflecting on your leadership style, its strengths, and apply them to this scenario

Looking at the current scenario it can be said that in order to bring propensity, equitability, sustainability and effectiveness in the health system there is a requirement of good leadership qualities that is determined by one's personal attribution (Moran & Steketee, 2016). This is because as per the Australian Health Leadership framework personals make the least effect in leading the health system of the region. Look in the case of Helen there are personal and social problems that she is faced in her leadership approach after being the public health officer. The few personal problems are that it is in experience, this is the first time she is working with a team and she is an introvert who has low interpersonal communication skills. The social problems that she is facing is that she is the first lady public health officer in the region which consists of aged policy makers, architects and veterans that have not been led by a lady.

Now in such a situation I would have used my personal attributes to counter the social problems as I have a strong communication skill. I would have communicated my vision to achieve the goal of promoting healthy communication, increasing the accessibility of health services, and environmental health issues. I would have communicated with them through health programs to make sure they are engaged in the health betterment process within reason to increase my transparency and coordination with them while operating in the region as a public health officer. I would also develop my personal attributes to make sure my leadership skills and capabilities are improved to make sure that a health system is made which is people oriented, inclusive, equitable, accessible, sustainable and effective in nature. I would have used my decision making skills, my educational knowledge and team working competencies to counter the personal problem of the inexperienced. I would have distributed the work and would also give allowance to everyone to give advice in their field so that I am able to make information based decisions for the development of the health system in the region. 


Concluding in the light of above context it can be said that through the help of Australian Health leadership framework and self assessment tools an individual can effectively develop their leadership skills and attributes. The individual can properly lead the health system to achieve the goals set by Australian health system. This will help the system to create leaders that are competent and skill in nature which would ultimately help increase a better health system in the different regions of the system that are people oriented, inclusive, equitable, accessible, sustainable and effective in nature. Helen needs to defeat the obstruction of social boundaries that individuals in the current network have. For this reason connecting with the individuals in the network through health projects will profit and make a good image of Helen as a public health officer. She can utilize the Australian Health leadership framework to ensure that the health framework inside the locale is individuals situated, comprehensive, impartial, open, reasonable and successful. Subsequently it tends to be said that utilization of Australian Health leadership framework will profit Helen in her health initiative methodology as the Public Health official in the area. Thus it can be concluded that both the framework and assessment tools are very helpful in determining the leadership approach and skills required by health leaders in different circumstances to deliver better health service and benefits.


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