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Overview of the program

The Middle Leader program is a professional development course for senior doctors, consultant level and above. The program aims to build leadership capability and knowledge, supporting participants to find their own leadership voice and style, and to lead with confidence in complex collaborative environments.

As a Middle Medical Leader, reporting to senior staff, managing junior doctors, and collaborating with peers are significant responsibilities that bring unique challenges. In a middle leadership role, you also may be considering the next phase of your career, and what leadership opportunities you may aspire to and find fulfilment in the future.

Individual Learning format

The program provides 19 hours of leadership education in a modular design and is delivered in a one-to-one format via self-directed education modules and activities. 

Participants work on a personal leadership mission statement and three personal action plans across the duration of the program:

  • A personal leadership development plan

  • A holistic leadership plan, and:

  • A professional network health check.

These plans support the direct application of learning into specific leadership skills and behaviours that can be used immediately in participants' current roles.

Program structure:

  • Program Launch 30 minutes

  • Pre-work and program reflections

  • 1 hour Education session 1 – Leading self

  • 1 hour Education session 2 – Leading others and teams

  • 1 hour Education session 3 – Action plan review & skills practice

  • 1 hour Education session 4 – Leading learning & development

  • 1 hour Education session  5 – Leading in complex organisations

  • 1 hour Education session 6 – Review Action plan implementation and skills practice & career progression and making the most of the opportunities ahead

  • Submit – Personal Action plans

  • Program evaluation

*NOTE: Education sessions are scheduled directly with the educator at a time that works with both your schedules.

The education sessions are complimented by self-directed education, video tutorials, readings, and self -reflection delivered via our learning platform.

The duration of the program ranges from 4 – 12 weeks depending on the doctor’s availability.

Booking and costs

This product is valued at $7,370 including GST, however members of AMA Victoria can access it for $3,685 inlcuding GST


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What comes after the program?

Middle Leader Program participants can also choose to enrol in an individual coaching programs that allow participants to continue their work in a highly personalised way, with sessions tailored to support the specific development areas they are working on and challenges they may be facing.

To find our more, visit AMA Victoria's Senior Medical Staff (SMS) Leadership coaching program pages: (6 month and 12 month).

If you have questions or would like to find out more, either schedule a Leader Check-In (member benefit) or email [email protected].

Who should attend this program

This program is for doctors who are consultant level and above who are currently managing and leading a team, service, or department. Participants may also hold a leadership role in private practice, with many juggling more than one role across both the private and public sector.

Content covered in the program

  • Developing strong self-awareness and clarity around values, goals, and purpose

  • Articulating a strong leadership identity and purpose for self and team/department

  • Developing a strong sense of role, role clarity and complexity, and managing boundaries

  • Developing strong communication skills and behaviours for interpersonal and team settings  

  • Establishing psychological safety and strong team and department culture

  • Developing others through cultivating a culture of professional conversations and feedback  

  • Strategies for dealing with difficult people and difficult interactions

  • Leading during constant change as well as leading change and navigating resistance to change

  • Strategic thinking and planning and making time for leadership work

  • Time management and delegation

  • Strategic planning for own professional growth – using feedback effectively, preparing for promotion, interviews, and performance reviews

  • The importance of self-care and managing exhaustion and burnout for self and others

Program director 


Leadership coach and educator

Anna has a PhD in social psychology from the University of Melbourne and works as a leadership development consultant and coach designing and delivering leadership development programs and coaching in Europe, Singapore, and Australia. Prior to working in leadership development, Anna held academic positions in psychology and organisational behaviour departments in the Netherlands, France, and Australia. She has over 12 years’ experience coaching a range of emerging, middle, and senior leaders from both private and public sector organisations, including health and education. Anna currently lives in Melbourne and works as a leadership development consultant and coach designing and delivering executive education programs and coaching for a range of organisations and individuals around Australia. Anna specialises in supporting individuals to find authentic, purposeful, and realistic development goals and to then create and enact nuanced personal action plans to support their work toward the behavioural change they desire in a practical and sustainable way.

In her work with AMA Victoria, Anna has joined the Professional Development and Careers team to provide leadership development programs and one-on-one coaching for Doctors at all stages of their careers. Professional coaching provides a safe and objective developmental space for doctors to work on the current issues and challenges that they face in their day-to-day work, as well as in their professional work system.  

Anna also writes regularly for AMA Victoria, publishing on leadership topics highly relevant to the complex care and collaborative leadership required in healthcare settings. 



A very stimulating and thought-provoking program. Have appreciated the mix of theory and also discussion with AMA Victoria coaches and like-minded clinicians.

Past Middle Leader Professional Development Program participant
Gleaned useful practical insights and strategies that are applicable straight away.

Past Middle Leader Professional Development Program participant
The tasks like writing a network map etc. are simple, but though provoking. The breakout rooms and scenario-based role play were especially helpful.

Past Middle Leader Professional Development Program participant
Supporting literature and articles were helpful, with useful practical tips and insights.

Past Middle Leader Professional Development Program participant

Terms and conditions

Read AMA Victoria's Professional Development and Careers Service T&Cs here.