I have 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. I
have also been a foundation member of two Schools of Nursing in Australia.
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
Universities Studied At
Latrobe University, Melbourne
RMIT University, Melbourne
Lincoln Institute of Health Sciences, Melbourne
St John of God Institute, Sydney
Universities Worked At
Ballarat University, Victoria, Australia
Australian Catholic University, Victoria, Australia
RMIT University, Victoria, Australia
Queensland University of Technology,
Central Queensland University
- Teacher of the Year:
Postgraduate Association, RMIT University, 2000
- Most Inspirational Teacher
Award, Graduating Class of 2004, Bachelor of Nursing Program, RMIT
- Certificate of Recognition
for Commitment to Student Learning and Experience - Science, Engineering
and Technology (SET) Portfolio, Teaching Quality Awards, RMIT University,
- Nominated for Student-centred
Teaching Award, 2006
of Mental Health Team, Mental Health Week Achievement Award in the
Organisation category, 2013, Queensland Health.
- Finalist, Community Engagement Awards, CQU Australia: Team lead on Queensland Health and Health Workforce Australia grant - Exploring innovative ways of building clinical capacity in mental health.
Commendation for Superior Performance in Research Higher Degrees
Head of Programs including teaching into such programs:
of Psychiatric Nursing
of Psychiatric Nursing
Certificate in Psychiatric Nursing by Distance Education
Diploma in Mental Health Nursing by Distance Education
of Health Science, Melbourne
of Health Science, Hong Kong
of Creative Arts Therapy
Master of Mental Health Nursing
I have 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 CEO, Director of Nursing, Senior Lecturer, and Associate Professor. Within the realm of learning and teaching I have held such positions as Director of Undergraduate Studies, Director of Post-Graduate Studies and Head of Programs for Nursing, Mental Health Nursing, Nursing and Creative Arts Therapy. I have also been a foundation member of two Schools of Nursing and Midiwfery in Australia.
Other professional activities have included invited International Scholar, Invited Keynote Speaker, Member of an Aged Care Consultancy Team to China under the auspices of the Myer Foundation, and Ministerial appointments.
Member of the Australian College of Mental Health Nurses
Member of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing
Responsible for all mental health content development and delivery in the Bachelor of Nursing program and Master of Mental Health Nursing program.
As Assistant Dean Community Engagement - responsible for providing leadership of staff in the School of Nursing and Midwifery in community engagement initiatives.
Mental Health Nursing
Higher Degree Research Supervision
Edward, K. Munro,
I., Robins, A., & Welch, A. Mental Health Nursing: Dimensions of Praxis.
Sydney: Oxford University Press. (Published Nov, 2010). Second addition for publication in 2014.
Jorijwong, S., Johnson, M., &
Welch, A. Understanding Research Methods for Evidence-based Nursing.
Oxford University Press. (published April, 2011). Second addition for publication 2014.
Chair, Board of Governors, Institute of Health and Management, Australia
the Myer Foundation/Asia Link China visit to provide consultation to Government Advisors and selected universities
in planning health strategies for China's aging population 2004.
of the Orange Valley Nursing Home, Singapore, 2001-2003