Presenters Biography

Dr Lee Meng Lim 

Dr Lim, External Advisor to the CEO, IHM; former Dean, International Engagement, Director of Studies, Acting CEO and General Manager of IHM.  Dr Lim has been involved with IHM since its inception.  She takes a leading role in the institute, drawing on her extensive leadership experience and expertise. She was the primary course designer for the Institute of Health and Management (IHM) nursing management and leadership programs and postgraduate nursing courses.  A former Senior Lecturer and International Coordinator, Victoria University and was involved in all aspects of leadership development, including curriculum design and development, teaching, research and international engagement.  Dr Lim took on many leadership responsibilities and contributed to shaping the university culture.  Her leadership contributions to the university were recognised 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. In 2011, Dr Lim was invited as a guest speaker to present on effective leadership skills titled Don’t Just Tell Me – Show Me at the APHM International Nursing Conference (2011).  Dr Lim has also extensive experience facilitating leadership workshops/seminars/conferences internationally including:  Malaysia (Columbia Asia, PKJ, Segi University, IJN, Gleneagles Medical Centre and Subang Jaya Medical Centre); and Singapore:  (Parkway Health Organisation, Parkway College, Alexandra General Hospital, and Tan Tock Seng) and the National Kidney Foundation (Singapore). 

Mr Bijo Kunnumpurath 

He is CEO of IHM, and an accomplished entrepreneur and business executive who utilises skills from a varied business background to bring a proactive approach to business development, innovation and change management to the education and training of health care professionals. He explores and investigates on new and bespoke technology based on innovative learning and teaching methodologies including simulation and their application which will enhance leadership development in nursing. He is a visionary leader who provides direction for the organisation and work closely with the teaching staff to ensure high quality delivery of postgraduate nursing courses.  

Associate Professor Anthony Welch ( Central Queensland University) 

Dr Anthony Welch is the Associate Professor, Mental Health, School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Science, CQU. He 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 was also a foundation member of two Schools of Nursing in Australia.  He has thirty years of teaching in the tertiary sector including 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 - 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.   

Dr Brian Zammit, Education Consultant, Former Lecturer of Victoria University 

Dr Zammit has seventeen years of tertiary – sector experience, teaching in the Humanities and Social Sciences, including units such as graduating projects, foundations of political science, politics of the US, European History and Sociology of Health. He also has a strong background in strategizing the provision of support to first year students, at an academic as well as pastoral level. In addition, He has an extensive experience as a course co-ordinator (Bachelor of Arts; Bachelor of Arts (Laws), with responsibilities in areas such as curriculum/ course development and student advice.  



Effective nursing leadership is pivotal to advancing the profession of nursing.   Developments in the health care industry have impacted on the service delivery by nurses who are not only confronted with meeting organisational, economical, scientific, inter-professional and political demands of service delivery but also maintaining the integrity of the profession through the provision of quality and safe person-centred care.   

Nurses are required to advocate and promote the values of respect for the individual needs of the person and their family irrespective of age, gender, culture, religion and illness experience. The development of such skills and attitudes has been a major challenge for educators who are time poor in the teaching and learning space with little opportunity to prepare nurses for leadership positions as they advance in their professional careers. 

There are many innovative learning and teaching methods used in leadership development, but simulation in leadership development has been identified and substantiated as an effective method of positively influencing person-centred care leadership in nursing.  A combination of anecdotal evidence from student feedback, and observation of engaging in simulated scenarios involving the application of leadership skills and a subsequent review of existing research literature validates this opinion. It is also noticeable that as a nurse acquires skills in leadership a growth in confidence occurs and the ability of the nurse to assume a leadership role in providing quality person centred care. The aim of this presentation is to demonstrate how simulation can contribute to the development of person-centred care leaders in nursing.