Dr Liang joined James Cook University at the beginning of 2021 and established the JCU Health Management Group in early 2022 with a vision of providing targeted and effective management training to health managers and developing health management research capacity in Northern QLD and Asia Pacific  https://www.jcu.edu.au/college-of-public-health-medical-and-veterinary-sciences/jcu-health-management-group

Dr Liang is a leading researcher in health service management competency studies and 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.

In addition to the outstanding management competency research strength, Dr Liang also has expertise and extensive experience in teaching and researching in the areas of evidence-informed decision-making, health management workforce development, healthcare quality and safety, and program planning and evaluation.

The book she co-authored with colleagues entitled ‘Project management in health and community services: getting good ideas to work’ has been adopted as a textbook by majority of the Master of Health Administration Programs in Australia. The 2nd edition of the book has also been translated into Mandarin and published by The People’s Medical Publishing House, China in 2018.

Prior to becoming an academic in 2005, she worked in diverse roles as a medical practitioner, planning and evaluation consultant and senior health service manager.

Industry Project Grant:

2023 - $45,000 from five industry partners for project ' developing leadership and management capacity in teh Veterinary Industry - a pilot study' 

2023 - $5500 from JCU Vet for the proejct - supporting emegency team effectiveness 

2024 - 2025 - $49077 from Tropical Australian Academic Health Centre 2023 Seed Funding Scheme for the project “Empower and build the capabilities of mid-level health service managers to lead and support the health workforce”

2024 - $34,555 from Hunter New Englian and Central Coast Primary Health Networks for project 'Building capacity in leading and managing health commissioning'

  • TM5513: Public Health Management, Leadership, Planning and Policy (Level 5; CNS)
  • Management competency assessment on health managers and health management groups
  • Develop management capacity for healthcare organizations
  • Design targeted training to health managers
  • Management Competency development
  • Health management workforce training and development
  • Health service management training and research workforce - challenges and sustainability
  • Professional identify of medial workforce
  • Quality and Safety in health services
  • Project planning and evaluation
  • Management capacity building in developing countries
  • Project planning and evaluation
  • Health Care Quality and Safety
  • Project planning and evaluation
  • Australian health system and comparative healthcare systems
  • 2024 to present - Academic Editor, Journal of Nursing Management
  • 2023 to present - Associate Editor in Chief, Journal of Healthcare Leadership
  • 2021 to present - Editorial Board, BMC Health Service Research (UK)
  • 2021 to present - Adjunct Professor, Mahidol University (Bangkok)
  • 2020 to present - Adjunct Professor, The First Affiliating Hospital of Shandong No. 1 Medical University (China)
  • 2020 to present - Adjunct Professor, The Second Affiliating Hospital of Shandong No. 1 Medical University
  • 2019 to present - Editorial Board, Journal of Hospital Management and Health Policy (China)
  • 2018 to present - President, The Society for Health Administration Programs in Education
  • 2022 - Visiting Scholar, Centre for Aged Care and Health Management Research, Hong Kong Polytechnic University (Hong Kong)
  • 2018 to 2021 - Adjunct Professor, Shandong University, China (China)
  • 2009 to 2020 - Senior Lecturer, La Trobe University
  • 2016 to 2019 - Adjunct Professor, Narasuan University (Thailand)
  • 2012 to 2018 - National Secretory, The Society for Health Administration Programs in Education (Adelaide)
  • 2012 to 2016 - Book Review Editor, Australian Journal of Primary Health (Melbourne)
  • 2005 to 2015 - Board Director, DRUG-ARM Australasia (Brisbane)
Research Disciplines
  • 2021 - La Trobe University Chancellor's Award
  • 2020 to 2021 - Certificate, Safety Quality Informatics and Leadership, Harvard University
  • 2017 - Best Research Paper Award, 6th Annual Global Healthcare Conference, Singapore, 2017
  • 2003 to 2007 - PhD (Public Health) - Griffith University Titled: The impact of health reform on senior health executives in NSW
  • 2004 - Mary Harris Student Bursary, the Society for Health Administration Programs in Education (SHAPE)
  • 2001 - Coordinator of the year award, Liverpool City Council (NSW)
  • 2009 - Fellow, Australasian College of Health Service Manager

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ResearchOnline@JCU stores 38+ research outputs authored by A/Prof Zhanming Liang from 2012 onwards.


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These Higher Degree Research projects are either current or by students who have completed their studies within the past 5 years at JCU. Linked titles show theses available within ResearchOnline@JCU.

  • The Relationship Between Workplace Incivility and Perceptions of Patient Safety in Australian Hospitals: Mechanisms Underlying the Relationship and Intervention/Prevention (PhD , Secondary Advisor/AM)
  • Strongyloides in Humans and Companion Animals in Australasia (PhD , Secondary Advisor/AM)
  • Forced separation between people and their pet dogs: impact on both species (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Institutionalization or using health technology assessments (HTA) to set health system priorities in Fiji (PhD , Primary Advisor/AM/Adv)
  • Digital Health and the Australian Medical and Allied Health Workforce Readiness (froma Change Management/Digital Transformation Perspective) (Masters , Primary Advisor)
  • Improving Digital Health Competencies for Health Service Managers in Australia (PhD , Primary Advisor/AM/Adv)
  • Developing a Competency Health Service management Workforce in Nepal - what is the Training and Development direction? (PhD , Primary Advisor/AM/Adv)
  • Understanding the competency development needs of Senior and Middle Managers in Publicly Funded Hospitals in Fiji, Papua New Guinea, and the Solomon Islands (PhD , Primary Advisor)
  • Trial of Image Enhancement Software as an Educational Tool in Melanoma Diagnosis for Medical Students (Masters , Secondary Advisor)
  • Developing Leadership and Management Competencies for the Veterinary Industry (PhD , Primary Advisor/AM/Adv)

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  • 1 collaboration
  • Indicates the Tropics (Torrid Zone)

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