NSW Health Senior Executive Development Program

The NSW Health Senior Executive Development Program is a unique and innovative executive development program. It is specifically designed for senior health leaders who aspire to make a difference in their organisations and in the system. The program recognises that NSW Health requires a different approach to leadership to meet future challenges in an increasingly uncertain, complex and ambiguous world.

The program aims to build a pool of world-class health leaders who may be considered suitable for future senior executive and Chief Executive positions within NSW Health. The program aligns to the NSW Health Talent Strategy 2022-2031. Additionally, graduates become members of an Alumni Network that fosters professional networking, collaboration and ongoing executive development.

The program explores adaptive, collective, relational and compassionate leadership and their application to complex real world problems. Participants are stretched and challenged while developing high levels of self-awareness, adoption of multiple perspectives and partnering and collaborating across the system with a strategic focus and political and social awareness.


The Program won the 2019 Brandon Hall Group Excellence Gold Award for Best Unique and Innovative Leadership Development Program. It was also a finalist in the 2018 Australian Psychological Society Workplace Excellence Award for Leadership Development and Coaching.


Watch SEDP videos

These videos from the NSW Health Senior Executive Development Program participants describe their experience of and insights from the Program.


Learning outcomes

Participants will demonstrate:

  • A commitment to delivering safe, high quality care that improves health outcomes for patients and families
  • Adaptive, collective and relational leadership that reflects high levels of emotional intelligence and awareness of capabilities, strengths, values and behaviours and their impact on others
  • A commitment to creating psychologically safe workplaces where people can thrive, contribute and collaborate
  • Ability to partner and collaborate on complex systemic challenges through the practice of adaptive leadership and human-centered design thinking to tackle wicked problems
  • NSW Health Tier 2, Tier 3 and high potential Tier 4 leaders and managers
  • Leadership Masterclasses are held in Sydney with one Masterclass hosted by a Local Health District
Duration and elements
  • 10 months
  • 5 Leadership Masterclasses (2 day workshops)
  • Masterclass themes aligned to the Health Leadership and Management Framework and PSC Leadership Capability Framework
  • 360 degree feedback and strengths assessment
  • Executive coaching
  • Work placements
  • Peer consultation learning groups
  • Live immersive experiences
  • Systemic strategic challenge group work
  • Skills training in Executive presence, communications and the media
Application process
  • Nominations are not currently being accepted
  • Selection is via nomination from the Chief Executive, written application and assessment centre process