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Australia-based IHM to provide Rs 10 cr worth scholarships for Indian nurses

Published in Health Thursday, 13 May 2021 16:46


Melbourne, : The Institute of Health & Management (IHM) based in Australia is planning to offer Rs 10 cr worth (AUS-$2 million) scholarships to nurses in India as a mark of recognition of their commitment and dedication during the Covid-19 pandemic. The scholarships will be offered to those undertaking "Gateway to global nursing program" with three pathway options. In a statement on the eve of the World Nursing Day IHM Founder and Managing Director Bijo has said the dedication showed by the nurses and other health professionals despite life threatening hardships needed recognition and support from all sections of the society. The details of the scholarships including the eligibility and qualification would be announced shortly. Each scholarship would be worth 2,000 Australian dollars.     
IHM has created history recently by becoming the only private higher-education provider in Australia to offer of Master of Nursing program. IHM is the first and only higher education provider in Australia by a man of Indian heritage.              
The commemoration to celebrate the achievement took place on April 16, 2021 at IHM's North Melbourne campus. Speaking on the occasion Bijo said, "Our vision has always been to enhance lives through student-centric, high- quality, accessible education in health science focusing on research and innovation, and today with the launch of our Master of Nursing program we are headed in the right direction".  
Dr. Philip Brown, IHM's CEO in his keynote address said "We are proud to state that in this pandemic, over 1500 nurses have graduated from IHM and have contributed immensely in helping Australia recover. We are excited to have this opportunity to help both internationally qualified and AHPRA nurses reach new heights in their careers and work towards improving the healthcare industry."   
The Master of Nursing program offered by IHM provides nurses with in-depth knowledge in their discipline, advancing their expertise, and leading to the development of higher-order skills of analysis, critical reasoning, reflection and evaluation abilities. The key features of the course include the incorporation of an elective Professional Experience Placement (PEP) unit with 8 credit points, which helps internationally qualified nurses to get hands-on experience within the Australian Healthcare system.
Another advantage for international nurses especially those from India is the opportunity to undertake project and research components, that provide them with the opportunity to peruse advanced clinical roles or higher research degrees such as Ph.D.
International nurses undertaking the Gateway to global nursing program can gain job opportunities in USA, Canada, UK, Ireland, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Middle East as the countries come out of COVID-19 pandemic and open their borders for health care staff to enter. Pathway to continue Master of Nursing course with IHM Australia when the Australian borders open up.
Nurses aspiring for a PG program in Australia can get a student visa, which enables nurses from India to study and live in Australia. As a student, they can still work part-time for 40 hrs a fortnight. An Indian Nurse enrolling for a Master's Program can bring their entire family on a family visa and all dependents can work full time in Australia until the Master's degree is completed.
The qualification for the PG program includes an Indian Bachelors Degree in Nursing. An Indian Diploma holder Nurse can also enroll for IHM’S Masters's program. It is a Pathway into Masters without Bachelors. This is the fastest option for an Indian Diploma holder Nurse to complete a Masters.  The professional advantage of having a master's degree in nursing included opportunities for teaching up to a post-graduate diploma level. PG nurses can also become nurse unit managers - that means a leadership role. They can earn around 60-80 lakh as salary per annum.
About IHM:   The Institute of Health & Management (IHM) was founded in February 2012. IHM has since gained registration status as a higher education provider. This status is granted by the Australian Government’s Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency.   As one of the seven divisions of Health Careers International company that specialises in providing quality, careers focused education to develop the careers of healthcare professionals around the world and has till date assisted over 18000 nurses to attain the required qualification to become a nurse abroad, IHM specialises in the development and provision of higher education courses of study for nurses. These postgraduate courses of study draw on the expertise of experienced nurses, academics, and clinicians. IHM’s educators are professional staff who have extensive expertise in on-campus and online learning and teaching. Innovative and technological advancements in learning and teaching are a key focus for IHM. The increased use of new technologies such as virtual reality simulations, online platforms, and applications enhance classroom-based learning on campus and enables the delivery of online courses of study to meet the needs of busy nursing professionals.  
ABOUT BIJO: Bijo is the Founding Director of Health Careers International, a leading independent global provider of healthcare education and research. As the Managing Director, Bijo sketches the vision of the organisation on a global scale and oversees internal systems so as to ensure compliance with legal/statutory obligations as well as implementing policies in risk management and quality assurance. Bijo is recognised as an accomplished entrepreneur with remarkable business acumen.
Bijo has integrated this acumen to bring about a proactive approach in business development, innovation, change management, and governance, especially in the higher education and vocational education and training sectors.Bijo has a Master of Business Administration complemented by undergraduate qualifications in Mechanical Engineering. Bijo has worked extensively worldwide and is esteemed as a notable socially responsible personality in diverse communities across Australia, Malaysia and India.
 Bijo is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD). A firm believer of continuous learning, Bijo is currently pursuing Ph.D. at the Swinburne University of Technology, in the field of good governance in independent education and training.

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