Leaders step up for graduation

25 November 2011

Staff from the Department of Health (DoH) and Department of Children and Families (DCF) are celebrating graduating from an award winning Territory-developed leadership program today.

The course's 2011 cohort was a mix of 28 staff members from various sections of the two agencies, who each received a Diploma in Management having fulfilled the requirements of the 'Leading the Way' Program.

Department of Health Chief Executive, Jeff Moffet and Department of Children and Families Chief Executive, Clare Gardiner-Barnes have congratulated the group on successfully completing the 12-month course.

Graduates were recognised for their efforts at a graduation ceremony at Parliament House today.

"You should all be very proud of your achievements, and I applaud you for making the commitment to further developing your skills in leadership and management," Mr Moffet said.

"Leaders and managers play an important role in ensuring our departments are able to provide essential services for the health and wellbeing of all Territorians and the safety of our children."

The locally developed course has been recognised nationally through the Australian Training Awards for its high quality development programs.

"Middle managers are pivotal to the success and effective operation of any organisation and are instrumental to changing the way we do business," Ms Gardiner-Barnes said.

"Promoting and encouraging middle managers ensures we have people who are not only good at managing their workload and staff, but helps us attract and encourage quality people who want to improve our organisation.

We want and need people in middle management who are real leaders, solutions focused and supportive of their staff."

Mr Moffet explained that building on the leadership and management skills of staff also assists with achieving improved health outcomes for Territorians. 

"We rely on our leaders and managers to effectively manage the people, systems, processes and resources entrusted to them. Training is a way we provide support to ensure that community expectations are met, and business outcomes are achieved," he said.

"Congratulations again on completing this program, achieving your qualification but more importantly, making such a positive contribution to the health and wellbeing of all Territorians."

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