NSW Health Senior Executive Development Program

To meet future challenges NSW Health must have leaders who can lead organisations and people in an increasingly volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous world. Cutting edge senior leadership requires the skills to lead adaptively, collectively and relationally with a clear vision.

SEDP provides an opportunity for NSW Health’s most talented senior executives to grow into the best leaders they can be. The Program supports development of high levels of self-awareness, adoption of multiple perspectives and partnering and collaboration across the system with political awareness and a strategic focus.

The Program builds and strengthens NSW Health senior executives’ capabilities to operate effectively in a broader range of senior roles within a complex adaptive system. The overarching long-term objective of SEDP is to build a pool of world-class executives who may be considered suitable for future senior executive and Chief Executive positions within NSW Health.


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.


Participants who graduate from the Program become members of the Alumni Network. The Alumni Network is a forum for Alumni to maintain professional networks, foster collaboration and participate in ongoing executive development.


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 be able to demonstrate:

  • A commitment to delivering safe, high quality care that improves health outcomes and safety for patients and families
  • Self-awareness and personal leadership capability including being able to define personal style, strengths, behaviours, values and attitudes
  • A commitment to creating workplace cultures where people can thrive, contribute and collaborate
  • Ability to partner and collaborate across the whole system for joint action and improved service delivery
  • Willingness to influence the wider system through the application of adaptive leadership and design thinking to tackling wicked problems
  • NSW Health Tier 2, Tier 3 and high potential Tier 4 Managers and Senior Executives
  • Learning modules are held in Sydney with one module hosted by a Local Health District or Specialty Health Network where possible
Duration and elements
  • 8 months
  • 5 learning modules (2-day workshops) - 10 days in total
  • Immersion activities
  • Work on a strategic challenge
  • 360° feedback
  • Executive coaching
  • Work placements
Application process
  • Nominations are not currently being accepted