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Academic Board – Members

Dr Marilyn Richardson-Tench – Chair (External)


Dr Richardson-Tench’s credentials include PhD, Monash University, Melbourne; Master of Educational Studies, Monash University, Melbourne; Bachelor of Applied Science (Advanced Nursing), La Trobe University, Melbourne; Certificate of Clinical Teaching, Suffolk College of Higher and Further Education, United Kingdom; Refresher Course in Anaesthetics, North-East Thames Regional Authority, United Kingdom and; Certificate of Operating Room Techniques and Management, The Royal Melbourne Hospital.

Her academic career has produced numerous publications and she has previously been a Senior Lecturer at Victoria University and La Trobe University and a Director of Undergraduate Studies at Victoria University, School of Nursing and Midwifery, after being promoted from her position as deputy head of that school.

Dr Richardson-Tench is a member of the Perioperative Nurses Group, Victoria, The Australian College of Operating Room Nurses and the Australian Day Surgery Nurses Group.


Mrs Aruna Akkireddi (External)

Mrs Akkireddi’s credentials include Bachelor of Science (Nursing), Osmania University, India, Master of Science (Nursing), Madras University, India, Bachelor of Education, La Trobe University , Graduate Diploma in Adolescent Health, Melbourne University and Certificate 4 in Training and Assessment

Her academic career includes over thirty years of lecturing at RMIT, Victoria University, the Phillip Institute of Technology and the Colleage of Nursing at SMC Hospital. Before entering the academic world, Mrs Akkiredi undertook a variety of clinical roles including that of Public Health Nurse at JIPMER, India and that of staff nurse at various hospitals.


Dr Lee Meng Lim – Acting CEO (Internal)


Picture Dr Lee Meng Lim [Ph.D (Education) La Trobe; MN, RMIT University; BA, Flinders University; BNSG (Community Health) SturtCAE-Flinders; RN] is our Acting CEO. As well as being a registered nurse, she has extensive experience in higher education. This includes academic work such as her twenty years experience at Victoria University, where she served as Senior Lecturer and International Coordinator. She was awarded the Vice Chancellor’s Citation for Outstanding service to Victoria University in 2007 when she was awarded the Vice Chancellor’s Citation for Outstanding Service to Victoria University and again in 2009, when she was awarded the Vice Chancellor’s Citation and Award for Outstanding Engagement and the Peak Award for Outstanding Engagement. Dr Lim was involved recently in the management and academic governance of Parkway College of Nursing and Allied Health, Singapore, where she brought about substantial improvements in terms of quality, teaching and learning and student numbers. She has been working on the development of IHM since its inception and her leadership, initiative and insight has been central to our development. Dr Lim’s approach to teaching and learning is to empower students by developing their self efficacy and encouraging initiative and leadership.


Mr David N. Webb – Minute Secretary (Internal)


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