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Board of Governors – Members

Associate Professor Anthony Welch – Chair (External)


Associate Professor Anthony Welch has held a number of positions in the discipline of nursing in both the private and public sectors of the health care industry (Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, and Hong Kong). Such positions have included Hospital Manager, Director of Nursing, Deputy Director of Nursing, Senior Supervisor, Unit Manager, Principal Educator, Senior Lecturer, Associate Professor, Director of Undergraduate Studies, and Director of Post-Graduate Studies. He has also been a foundation member of two Schools of Nursing in Australia. He is currently employed at Central Queensland University as Assistant Dean Community Engagement, School of Nursing and Midwifery.

His thirty years of teaching in the tertiary sector have included Professional Development, Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing, Creative Arts Therapy, Counselling, Spirituality, Men’s Health, Qualitative Research Methods, Evidence-based Practice, Trans-cultural Nursing, Indigenous Health, Community Health, and Philosophic Inquiry.

Other professional activities have included invited International Scholar/Professor, Invited Keynote Speaker, Member of an Aged Care Consultancy Team to China under the auspices of the Myer Foundation, and Ministerial appointments.

His qualifications include Doctor of Philosophy, RMIT University, Melbourne; Master of Education, LaTrobe University, Melbourne; Bachelor of Education, LaTrobe University, Melbourne; Bachelor of Nursing, RMIT University, Melbourne; Diploma of Applied Science (Nursing Education), Lincoln Institute of Health Sciences; Graduate Diploma in Counselling and Communications, St John of God Institute, Sydney; Certificate in Psychiatric Nursing, Larundel Psychiatric Hospital, Melbourne and; Certificate in General Nursing, Lewisham Hospital, Sydney.


Mr Rob Ryan (External)


Mr Ryan’s qualifications include Bachelor of Nursing, Philip Institute of Technology; Diploma of Applied Science (Nursing)/Registered General Nurse, RMIT; Graduate Certificate Education & Training, Victoria University; Graduate Diploma Educational Administration; Ballarat University and; Masters of Education University of Ballarat.

His career spans a number of academic and professional roles including lecturing at The University of Melbourne and Victoria University and consultancy and research roles. He also has extensive nursing experience working as a senior Nurse Practitioner, Senior nurse and Team Leader, a Community Nurse and a Deputy Charge Nurse.

Mr Ryan has extensive scholarly publications as well as many board and committee memberships within other organisations.


Mr Joseph Fong (External)


Mr Fong is the founding Director of the Achiever Consulting Group (ACG) and is the Head of Asia, Centre for Corporate Public Affairs. He has accumulated over 20 years of corporate public affairs, corporate leadership developments, government affairs and regional business development across Asia-Pacific.

He is an internationally experienced senior executive with a global perspective and an in-depth knowledge of the healthcare markets, high tech digital media and the high touch geo-political landscape across Asia.

Mr Fong works with corporations, public sector agencies and peak industry groups on a full range of projects that include best practice management of the public affairs function, structural reviews, CSR and issues management strategy, reputation measurement and reviews and stakeholder engagement strategy and reviews. Mr Fong also provides senior executive mentoring focusing on corporate strategy and effective stakeholder engagement in Asia.

Since the mid ‘80s, he managed Fortune 100 brands in Hong Kong, China, Korea, Australia and the US being Country head, Asia Regional head and Vice President and General Manager of a global business in the US.


Mr Bijo Kunnumpurath (Internal)


Mr Bijo Kunnumpurath as the Managing Director of IHM provides overall leadership , vision and direction for the organisation and works closely with the Board of Governors in relation to the organisation. He manages and oversees systems and policy implementation in the areas of risk management and quality assurance He provides business development strategies to grow the commercial aspects of the organisation and he promotes & ensures compliance with legal and statutory obligations and all policies & procedures relevant to the organisation’s operations.


Dr Lee Meng Lim (Internal)


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, Director of Studies and General Manager. As well as being a registered nurse specialising in paediatric nursing, 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.


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