A Medical Practice Manager performs a critical role within the medical practice and is often the right-hand of the medical practitioner, as the complexities of running a medical practice are significant, which really requires professional management.
Practice Management in a medical setting includes all of the operational aspects such as financial management and reporting, human resource management, marketing, IT and clinical operations. Often, good medical practice managers add significant value by getting involved in the overall business planning and execution of business plans.
It is not surprising then that an effective medical practice manager is hard to find, as they should understand business, basic finance and management principles.
They also implement new systems or legislative changes affecting the practice and therefore need to maintain knowledge of, and comply with, changes in legislation.
In Australia, the key organisation for Medical Practice Managers is the AAPM. It offers online learning, workshops and support for its members.