About

Dr Liang joined James Cook University at the begining of 2021. 

Dr Liang has spent the last decade researching and teaching in the areas of management competency, evidence-informed decision-making, health management workforce development, healthcare quality and safety, and program planning and evaluation. Prior to becoming an academic, she worked in diverse roles as a medical practitioner, planning and evaluation consultant and senior health service manager.

Dr Liang has been the leader of the Management Competency Assessment Partnership (MCAP) Program, which has resulted in the development and validation of an evidence-based Managerial Competency Assessment Tool. The MCAP Tool can assess the competence of middle and senior level managers working in the health sector and provide evidence to guide the direction of management training and development. In the past three years, Dr Liang has been working with partners in China, Thailand and Iran to develop the capacity in health service management training, education and research in these countries.

As President of the Society for Health Administration Programs in Education, Dr Liang has played a leading role in shaping the health service management training and development in Asia Pacific. She is currently leading a team of academics and researchers across Universities in the development of two interrelated projects that evaluate the short-term and long-term impact of the tertiary educational programs such Master of Health Administration Programs (MHA) in Australasia and the UK in order to inform the improvement of the curriculum for the existing programs.

Teaching
  • TM5513: Public Health Management, Leadership, Planning and Policy (Level 5; TSV)
Interests
Research
  • Management Competency study
  • Health management workforce training and development
  • Health service management training and development workforce - challenges and sustainability
  • Professional identify of medial workforce
  • Quality and Safety in health services
  • Project planning and evaluation
  • Health economics
Teaching
  • Health Care Quality and Safety
  • Project planning and evaluation
  • Australian health system and comparative healthcare systems
Experience
  • 2009 to 2020 - Senior Lecturer, La Trobe University
  • 2018 to 2019 - International Expert Fellowship, Shandong University
  • 2011 to 2017 - National Secretary, The Society for Health Administration Program in Education
  • 2012 to 2016 - Book Review Editor, Australian Journal of Primary Health
  • 2007 to 2015 - Editorial Board, The Australian Journal of Rehabilitation Counselling
  • 2005 to 2015 - Board Director, DRUG-ARM Australasia
  • 2007 to 2009 - Lecturer, La Trobe University
  • 2005 to 2007 - Lecturer, Griffith University
  • 2002 to 2005 - State Manager, Drug Awareness and Relief Foundation
Research Disciplines
Socio-Economic Objectives
Honours
Awards
  • 2017 - Best Research Paper Award, 6th Annual Global Healthcare Conference, Singapore, 2017
  • 2003 - Mary Harris Student Bursary, the Society for Health Administration Programs in Education (SHAPE)
  • 2001 - Coordinator of the year award, Liverpool City Council (NSW)
Fellowships
  • 2009 - Fellow, Australasian College of Health Service Manager
Memberships
  • 2020 - Adjunct Professor, The Second Affiliating Hospital of Shandong No. 1 Medical University
  • 2020 - Editorial Board, Asia Pacific Journal of Health Management
  • 2020 - Adjunct Professor, The First Affiliating Hospital of Shandong No. 1 Medical University
  • 2019 - Editorial Board, Journal of Hospital Management and Health Policy
  • 2019 - Adjunct Professor, Shandong University, China
  • 2018 - President. The Society for Health Administration Programs in Education
  • 2016 - Adjunct Professor, Naresuan University
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  • 41.217, Public and Indigenous Health (Townsville campus)
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