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Board of Studies


The Board of Studies is the Governing Board of Institute of Health and Nursing Australia and sets overall strategic direction and the framework of policies and procedures necessary to achieve institutional objectives. It is ultimately responsible (to shareholders and/or stakeholders) for both corporate and academic outcomes.

The Governance Board of the Institute of Health and Nursing Australia is responsible for the overall conduct, management administration and control of the affairs of the organisation. The basic responsibility of the Board is to represent the interests of IHNA in directing its affairs and to do so within the statutes relating to the organisation as a private registered training organisation. The Board carries out its responsibilities through a stewardship role, and delegates the day-to-day management of IHNA to the Senior Management Team of the organisation, governance and organisational committees.


The Board of Studies is the standing committee of IHNA that oversees all academic functions of the Institute including academic governance, course development, delivery and assessment as well as compliance to the VET Quality Framework.


  • Approving the mission, values and strategic direction of IHNA and working with the Academic Board to ensure that these are put in place;
  • Carrying out the objects and purposes of the Company as set out in the constitution of the Company;
  • Ensuring that policies and procedures are established to ensure the probity and integrity of the organisation’s decision making, including being consistent with legal and regulatory requirements and;
  • The proper conduct of the organisation’s business by observing the highest standard of corporate governance including the standards of accreditation as set out by the respective accrediting bodies for vocational education and training (VET) and Nursing, which are the Australian Skills and Quality Authority (ASQA) and the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Authority (ANMAC);
  • Ensuring compliance with all relevant legislation and ensuring that the business of the organisation is conducted in accordance with statutory regulations such as health and safety, discrimination legislation, Privacy Act etc., and in particular the requirements of the accrediting bodies, ASQA and ANMAC;
  • Ensuring that the organisation’s legal and regulatory requirements are adhered to at all times and that appropriate advice and support is offered to the Executive Management Committee, staff and students in order to achieve effective governance and management of IHNA;
  • Approving and monitoring systems of control and accountability, including the general overview of the organisations controlled entities;
  • Overseeing and monitoring the assessment and management of risk across the organisation, including commercial undertakings. These include the specific risk management functions that are required for the primary governing body of a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) under the VET Quality Framework;
  • Overseeing and monitoring academic educational and training activities of the organisation including the implementation and maintenance of quality standards in staffing, resources and academic, educational and training practices;
  • Delegating management functions as appropriate in consultation with the Executive Management Committee and senior managers;
  • Reviewing the management of organisation and IHNA’s performance against strategic and business goals;
  • Approving the organisation’s annual report;
  • Reviewing proposed joint venture or partnership alliances;
  • Establishing and disestablishing faculties/departments and other bodies of the organisation;
  • Initiating academic, educational and training reviews and improvements;
  • Providing advocacy and support to the organisation and governance committees where necessary for the purposes of submissions or responses to reports from accrediting or professional bodies;
  • Making recommendations to the Executive Management Committee and other relevant committees on organisational developments for the purpose of continuous improvement in the delivery of educational programs in line with regulatory requirements and best practice in educational sectors in which the organisation participates;
  • Overseeing the establishment and monitoring of the organisation’s Risk Management Plan including the development and maintenance of a corporate risk register. The process will assist in identifying principal risks to the organisation and ensuring that appropriate procedures are in place to monitor and mitigate these risks;
  • Reviewing and advising on scholarship/scholarly activity to ensure the contribution of knowledge to the relevant discipline areas;
  • Overseeing and reviewing the Committee framework and structure;
  • Define and delegate forms of decision-making to be undertaken at a management level;
  • Approve the Strategic Plan and Business Plan for the organisation;
  • Representing and advocating the organisation to the community.


The composition of the Board is as follows:

  • Independent members with professional expertise (At least 50%). These will include members with expertise in:
    • Vocational Education Sector
    • ELICOS Sector
    • Nursing, hospitals and health service provision
  • Chair, Academic Board
  • Health Careers International CEO, Managing Director
  • COO, International Education

Meeting protocols

The protocol observed by the Board of Studies for membership and meetings is as follows:

  1. External membership to the Board of Studies is by invitation from IHNA
  2. The Chair of the Board of Studies is elected by its members
  3. The Board of Studies is authorized to convene ad hoc committees on course development or for carrying out specific tasks. Such committees will disband upon completion of the task
  4. All members of the Board of Studies are provided with relevant information prior to meetings and thereby obligated to preserve commercial-in-confidence information
  5. The Board shall review Minutes of Meeting regarding:
    • Risk Assessment / Financial Management outcomes
    • Learning and Teaching outcomes
    • Course Development outcomes
    • Educators’ Meetings

Frequency of Meeting

The Board of Studies conducts meetings at least four times every year.

Board of Directors

Ms Helena Steel

Non-Executive Director


Helena Steel is a former Human Resource Director and HR & Change Management Executive. She is currently a Researcher, Ph.D. Candidate and Lecturer at Swinburne University. Helena is also a qualified Career Development Practitioner, Executive Coach, Facilitator, Educator and published Author. She has served on Boards of Management for over 15 years, with corporate international experience both full time as well as consulting roles across most employment sectors such as IT, Sales & Customer Service, Airlines, Victorian Public Service, Call Centres, Healthcare, Education, Manufacturing, Logistics and the Insurance industries, to name a few.

Helena is a former Victorian President for the Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI in 2004 – 2005). She is a current AHRI Fellow serving on the AHRI Board for 7 years and is also a Professional Member for the Career Development Association of Australia (CDAA), having served on their Victorian Committee. Her qualifications include: Master of Business in Organisational Change Training and Development, Graduate Diploma Industrial Relations & Human Resource Management, Certificate IV in Workplace & Business Coaching, Master Practitioner Coach Neuro-Linguistic Programming, Master Results Coach, Master in Ericksonian Hypnosis, Advanced Neurological Repatterning, Certificate IV in Training and Assessment. In her spare time, Helena volunteers as a trained Dog Obedience Instructor at her local Dog Club, on most Sunday mornings.

Professor Antony Jacobson

Non-Executive Director


Renowned as a highly successful innovator and entrepreneur, Prof. Antony Jacobson is a leading authority, key note presenter and globally experienced professional in entrepreneurship, innovation, global business development and expansion. He is connected to the world’s leading innovation institutions, Fortune 500 companies, leading venture capital firms, incubators and start-ups.

He is academically-qualified at an exceptional level and holds a Master of Commerce (International Business) and Graduate Certificate Higher Education-Teaching and Learning.

With a 20-year entrepreneurship, innovation related commercial, Start-up, Incubation, V.C and academic background, Prof. Antony is highly experienced at commercializing and seed funding new ventures, concepts and research breakthroughs. He is an experienced Professor of Practice-Entrepreneurship and was Professor of Practice in residence at the prestigious La Trobe University Business School Melbourne Australia. In April 2018, Prof. Antony was appointed Deans Fellow and Visiting Scholar on Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the world-renowned Hebrew University Jerusalem, Israel.

Dr. Chandana Hewege

Non-Executive Director


Dr. Chandana Hewege holds a Ph.D. in Management from the Monash University, a Master of Business Administration Degree and B.Sc. in Business Administration Honours from the University of Sri J’pura, Sri Lanka. Chandana’s academic and professional experiences are predominantly centred on teaching, research and industry consultancy. He has published around 45 referred research papers and referred conference papers. Chandana’s academic research encompasses a wide spectrum of research areas such as corporate social responsibility, management controls of transitional economies, marketing, logistics, international business and research methodology.

Dr. Chandana is also accredited as a teacher in higher education by the Staff Education and Development Association, United Kingdom (SEDA, UK). He possesses close to 20 years of teaching experience (undergraduate and postgraduate, local as well as overseas). Chandana has won several awards for his academic and research excellence, including the best critical literature review award, Department of Management, Monash University; Emerald Literati Award-Social Responsibility Journal 2017; the Teaching Excellence Award by the Faculty of Business & Law, Swinburne University of Technology: the best reviewer 2007 award, Contemporary Management Research Journal; and the best student Gold Medal award, Department of Business Administration, University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka. Chandana served the Australian Business Deans Council (ABDC) journal ranking panel in 2013 for Marketing, Tourism, Logistics and commercial services research areas.

Mr Bijo Kunnumpurath (Internal)

CEO and Managing Director


An Indian-born citizen of Australia, Bijo Kunnumpurath is the Founder Director of Health Careers International – one of the leading global providers of healthcare education and research. As the Managing Director of the Institute of Health and Management (IHM), he sketches the vision of the organization on a global scale, providing the way forward in overseeing systems, ensuring compliance with legal / statutory obligations as well as implementing policies in risk management and quality assurance.

Recognized as an accomplished entrepreneur with a remarkable business acumen, he has been integrating skills from several business backgrounds to bring about a proactive approach in business development, innovation, change management and governance, especially in the education and training sectors.

Bijo has a Master’s in Business Administration perfectly complimented by a qualification in Mechanical Engineering. He has worked extensively worldwide and is esteemed as a notable socially-responsible personality in diverse communities across Australia, Malaysia as well as India. He is also a member of GAICD (Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors). A firm believer of continuous learning, Bijo is currently pursuing Ph.D. at the Swinburne University, in the field of good governance in private education.

Ms Shali Bijo


Shali Bijo is the National Training Manager for HCI group. Shali has been responsible for multiple portfolios including Director, Curriculum Development & Compliance, Course Coordinator and Nurse Educator, during her 9 years’ of service with HCI. Shali played a key role in various aspect of course development including the quality check and course delivery guidelines. Shali has been a major contributor in external audits for accreditation and re-accreditation of nursing courses and certificate courses by Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC), Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA), and ISO accreditation (At Melbourne, Sydney and Perth campuses of IHNA. Shali is with IHNA since the inception of the organisation and is qualified as a Master of Orthopaedic Nursing from Victoria University, has recently completed Diploma of Vocational Education& Training; Diploma of Training design and Development.

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