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Leading and Influencing in Public Health

Te arataki me te whakaawe i te hauora tūmatanui

Wednesday 27 February 2019

Update: This course is now full. If you would like to go on a waitlist, please email

Leading and Influencing in Public Health has an aim to provide an understanding of the essential leadership skills that support leading and influencing in public health. The course draws heavily on the highly successful Public Health Leadership Programme, now in its 10th year of operation in New Zealand.

The course will explore:

  • Leadership concepts: the differences between leading and managing; common myths; what’s expected of leaders
  • Seeing the big picture – tools for bringing the future in to perspective
  • Leading ‘Above the Line’ – how to create a culture of responsibility and accountability
  • Leading ‘Stories’ – the forces that shape results
  • How to influence others to advance public health

Topics covered

Topics covered include an understanding of leadership concepts, influencing others, and creating paradigm shifts in public health.

Style of course

Small group – i.e. teaching and discussion in a group of up to 25 people.

Who should attend?

This course is aimed at people who want to expand their leadership capabilities.

By the end of this course participants should have the knowledge/skills to:

  • Understand fundamental leadership concepts
  • Know what’s expected of leaders and have practical ideas for enhancing their leadership
  • Learn tools for seeing the big picture
  • Learn an approach for strategically influencing

Draft timetable

Time Session Presenter(s)
8:30am Registration  
9:00am Leadership concepts Andrea Thompson
10:30am Morning tea  
11:00am Seeing the big picture  
12:00pm Leading ‘above the line’  
12:30pm Lunch break  
1:30pm Leading ‘stories’  
2:30pm Influencing  
3:00pm Afternoon tea  
3:30pm Influencing …  
4:30pm Finish  

Teaching staff

The workshop will be provided by Andrea Thompson, Director Catapult. Along with Quigley Watts, Andrea developed and provided the Public Health Leadership Programme which is now in its 10th year of operation across New Zealand.

Catapult is a leadership performance consultancy. To learn more, visit

Course cost and registration

$300 early bird, $400 after 20 December 2018.

A 50% discount is available to full-time students, those unwaged and University of Otago staff.