Students may request a deferment or suspension of their studies during the course in limited circumstances as set out in National Code of Practice for Registration Authorities and Providers of Education and Training to Overseas Students 2007 (National Code) Standard 13.
Deferment of Commencement of Study Requested by Student
IHNA will only grant a deferment of commencement of studies for compassionate and compelling circumstances
A deferment of enrolment may affect the student visa. Students can access information from DIBP website or helpline (131 881) for information on how the potential change to enrolment status may impact upon his or her visa
Suspension of Study Requested by Student
Once the student has commenced the course, IHNA will only grant a suspension of study for compassionate and compelling circumstances
Periods of suspension of longer than six months will result in the cancellation of the student’s visa and will, therefore, require the student to apply for their visa to be reinstated
Students must be inform that the suspension of enrolment may affect his or her student visa (see below: Students can access information from DIBP website or helpline (131 881) for information on how the potential change to enrolment status may impact upon his or her visa
Cancellation of Enrolment
The College will cancel the enrolment of a student under the following conditions
Failure to pay course fees
Any behaviour identified as resulting in cancellation in IHNA’s Student Code of Conduct
Any behaviour that leads the college to believe that it is not in the best interests of the student’s welfare or the welfare of other students to continue studying, for example (but not limited to):
the student is missing
the student has medical concerns or severe depression or psychological issues which lead the College to fear for the student’s wellbeing
the student has engaged in, or threatened to engage in, behaviour that is reasonably believed to endanger the student or others
where the college has reason to believe that the student is not a bona fide student
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Mr Bijo KunnumpurathFounder and Acting Chief Executive Officer
With a passion for education, entrepreneurship, and technology he’s been able to shape the vision of IHNA. Equipped with a Master’s in Business Administration and qualified in Mechanical Engineering, Bijo has had extensive project management and business management experience. He’s used this experience to enable new and innovative programs to push the envelope for career-focused healthcare training. Bijo has worked worldwide and has had the opportunity to be a well-respected and prominent community figure in Australia, Malaysia, and India. As the acting CEO of IHNA, he oversees and manages the operational activities, systems, and policy implementation of the organisation. He’s also a member of GAICD (Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors) and currently pursuing a PhD in Corporate Governance in the Educational Sector at Swinburne University.
Dr Chandana HewegeNon-Executive Director
With a dedication to teaching, research, and industry consultancy he’s published over 45 referred research and conference papers and. Dr Hewege holds a PhD in Management, a Master of Business Administration Degree, and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with Honours. He’s well-regarded on a wide spectrum of research areas including corporate social responsibility, management controls of transitional economies, marketing, logistics, international business, and research methodology. Dr Hewege has also accumulated over 20 years of teaching experience on undergraduate and postgraduate levels in Australia and internationally.
Professor Anthony WelchIndependent Non-Executive Director
Led by a deep passion for nursing, Professor Chair has held a number of positions in both the private and public sectors of the healthcare industry in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, and Hong Kong. These positions include 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’s also been a foundation member of two Schools of Nursing in Australia and is currently working at Central Queensland University as Assistant Dean Community Engagement, School of Nursing and Midwifery.
Ms Svetlana JohnsonIndependent Non-Executive Director
With over 20 years’ experience, Svetlana’s professional career has been extensive and varied in the fields of accounting, consulting, internal audit, and Chief Financial Officer (CFO) positions. She has a substantial amount of experience in all areas of business and in particular driving process improvement and business optimisation. Some of Svetlana’s industry experience is in legal practice, professional services, retail, and hospitality. Her Board and Committee experience includes the Australian Legal Practice Management Association as Victorian Treasurer for over 5 years.
Mr Pankaj PatelChief Financial Officer
With more than 20 years of experience in the field of accounting and finance, Pankaj has experience across financial reporting, taxation, and auditing, with established skills in corporate finance, financial analysis, taxation, accounting, and auditing. He holds Bachelor of Commerce and is also a Certified Public Accountant (AUS) and Chartered Accountant (India). Pankaj has been working with the HCI Group for over eight years and is responsible for managing financial aspects of the entire group.
Dr Shisir ManandharAcademic Director and Research Innovation & Technology Manager
Dedication to innovation and technology, Dr Shisir is a senior researcher and academic specialising in ICT and innovation policy with a strong track record of serving the Australian tertiary education for over five years. He heads Heathovation, an HCI subsidiary dedicated to the latest technologies and collaborative tools in the design and delivery of healthcare education. Dr Shisir leads multi-disciplinary research on the design, development, delivery, execution, and evaluation of cutting-edge ICT technologies to improve tertiary education systems and healthcare service delivery. His professional affiliations include: Australian Computer Society (ACS), Centre for ICT for Development, Nepal (ICT4D) and Nepal Research and Education Network (NREN).