Dr Liang joined James Cook University at the beginning 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.

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.

  • RM8301: Research Planning in Tropical Health and Medicine (Level 8; CNS & TSV)
  • RM8302: Research Project in Tropical Health and Medicine (Level 8; CNS & TSV)
  • TM5513: Public Health Management, Leadership, Planning and Policy (Level 5; TSV)
  • TM5526: Public Health Economics (Level 5; TSV)
  • Management competency assessment
  • Training to health service 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 economics
  • Health Care Quality and Safety
  • Project planning and evaluation
  • Australian health system and comparative healthcare systems
  • 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
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  • 2021 - La Trobe University Chancellor's Award
  • 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)
  • 2009 - Fellow, Australasian College of Health Service Manager
  • 2021 - Adjunct Professor, ASEAN Institute for Health Development, Mahidol University
  • 2021 - Council member, DRUG-ARM National Policy Council
  • 2021 - Member, Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine
  • 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
  • 2012 to 2018 - National Secretory, The Society for Health Administration Programs in Education

These are the most recent publications associated with this author. To see a detailed profile of all publications stored at JCU, visit ResearchOnline@JCU. Hover over Altmetrics badges to see social impact.

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ResearchOnline@JCU stores 14+ research outputs authored by A/Prof Zhanming Liang from 2016 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.

  • Improving Health Informatics Competencies for Health Service Managers in Australia (PhD , Primary Advisor/AM/Adv)
  • The Relationship Between Workplace Incivility and Perceptions of Patient Safety in Australian Hospitals: Mechanisms Underlying the Relationship and Intervention/Prevention (PhD , Secondary Advisor/AM)

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  • 1 collaboration
  • Indicates the Tropics (Torrid Zone)

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