IHNA Governance - Board of Studies


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


1. To maintain the highest standards of VET training and assessment.
2. To maintain the highest standards of scholarships and research.
3. To assist and advise the IHNA management on all matters relating to and affecting the Institute’s educational programs, including:
     a). Rules governing awards and courses of study;
     b). Admission of students;
     c). Conduct hearing for appeals;
4. To advise on the educational aspects of the Institute’s strategic plan.
5. To develop, review and recommend policies.
6. To ensure effective implementation of policy.
7. To manage the development of new courses and to approve any necessary accreditation and re-accreditation submissions.
8. Ensure Continuous Improvement occurs across all areas of IHNA.
9. To manage and implement staff learning and development activities and professional development.



Membership of the Board will consist of:

•   CEO
•   Director
•   Director of Education
•   Course Coordinator
•   Student Representative.
•   External Representatives (up to 5 members)


Meeting protocols

The protocols for membership and meetings of the Board of Studies are as follows:

1. External members of 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 can convene adhoc committees on course development or to carry out specific tasks. Such committees will disband on completion of the task 4. The members of the Board of Studies are provided with all relevant information prior to meetings and are obligated to preserve commercial-in-confidence information.
5. Board will review minutes of meeting regarding;
     a). Risk Assesment/ Financial Management outcomes.
     b). Learning and Teaching outcomes
     c). Course development outcomes
     d). Educators meetings


Frequency of meetings

The Board of Studies will meet at least twice a year.


Board Members


Board Member - Helen Walters

Helen Walters

Helen is a registered psychiatric nurse. Her academic qualifications include Master of Health Science (Mental Health), Post Graduate Diploma of Advanced Psychiatric Nursing, Bachelor of Psychiatric Nursing and Certificate IV in Workplace Assessment and Training.

During her 30 year career she has held several key positions. More recently she had held the positions of Psychiatric Nurse Consultant (RPN 5) at Austin Health and Senior Psychiatric Nurse/Deputy Director of Nursing (RPN 6) at Eastern Health Mental Health Program. In 2007 she took a secondment to the Department of Health as Senior Project Officer in the Mental Health and Drugs Division, following which she decided to return to the clinical field and currently she is the Unit Manager of the Secure Extended Care Unit at Austin Health.

Recruiting and retaining nursing staff in this difficult era of global nursing shortages is also an area in which she has had much experience including recruiting overseas educated nurses from South Asia.

Her expertise in this area includes travelling to India and Malaysia to initially recruit, then design and deliver a pre-registration course for the 20 recruits based on their identified education and experiential needs. This has been documented in her Master thesis and other research projects.

In 2008 she published an article in the Australian Journal of Advanced Nursing entitled: The experiences, challenges and rewards of nurses from South Asia in the process of entering the Australian nursing system.


Board Member - Cheryl Richards,

Director, Compliance And Training Services Pty. Ltd

Cheryl is Director, Compliance and Training Services Pty. Ltd, and has been a Lead Auditor for Victorian Qualifications and Registration Authority for registration of Registered Training Organisations. Her key Skills and competencies include;

•   Content Coordinator for the review of the Pulp and Paper Training Package including managing the Box Hill Writing Team, Pulp and Paper unit content, liaisons with Industry Skills Council, Unions, and Pulp and Paper employees.
•   Managing the site Implementation of Global SAP upgrade, a Production Office and the integrity of SAP inputs, establishing processes for error monitoring and corrective actions. Facilitation of continuous improvement of the business using SAP data.
•   Managing a variety of Business System development, implementation and maintenance. Including Safety, Standard Operating Procedures, Document Management, Business Continuity and non- accredited Training.
•   Chief executive Officer of Registered Training Organisation with extensive experience in designing and implementing Nationally Accredited Training across several training packages.
•   Managing compliance and auditing for AQTF, ISO9001 and SafetyMap systems.
•   Experience in design and implementation of change management programs including up-skilling and/or multi-skilling the manufacturing workforce, Frontline Management for factory supervision.
•   Broad range of skills and qualifications including Engineering (Degree), Research, Education (Dip Ed), Lean, 6-sigma Greenbelt, Training (Dip in TAA), Auditing, and First Aid.
•   Participation on steering committees for State and Federal government and associated projects. Recognized for attention to detail and ability to facilitate the successful delivery of projects and business outcomes. Experienced Project Engineer, managing large and small projects, on time and within budget, across a variety of technical areas.
•   13 years-experience as a Research Metallurgist including laboratory, experimentation, pilot plant development and customer service.


Board Member - Bijo Kunnumpurath,

Managing Director, HCI Group Bijo Kunnumpurath, Managing Director, HCI Group

Bijo is Managing Director of Health Careers International which he founded in 2007. A Diploma of Mechanical Engineering graduate with extensive project management and business management experience, Bijo is the driving force behind all programs and activities in the Institute and has successfully started a number of international businesses.

Current developments include: IHNA Institute of Health and Nursing Australia with campuses in Victoria and Western Australia and in India, MWT (student recruitment agency) and edu@online (research and e-learning development), a resource company in Malaysia and in Australia. Bijo is a member of Rotary International and a leader in his community where he contributes to the development, education and integration of his community members into Australian society.


Board Member - Shali Bijo,

Manager, Curriculum Development IHNA Shali Bijo, Manager, Curriculum Development IHNA

Shali is a Registered Nurse and holds a Diploma of Nursing, Post Basic BSc. Nursing, a Masters in Orthopaedic nursing, a Post Graduate Diploma in Nursing Administration and Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.

Shali has extensive experience in Neonatal, Orthopedic, Medical-Surgical nursing and Aged Care, and has worked in India, Malaysia and Australia. Shali has also worked as a course coordinator for aged care programs and as a clinical nurse and nurse educator.

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