International Institute of Health Sciences country’s premier healthcare training institute launches the 1st International Executive MSc (Health Administration) programme in Sri Lanka in collaboration with AeU Malaysia. Launching ceremony of the program was held in Colombo with the participation of Aisa e University Representatives & many figureheads in the Sri Lankan Health Administration arena.

Malaysian High Commissioner HE Azmi Zainuddin was the chief guest at the launching ceremony & Dr. Amal Harsha De Silva- Additional Secretary to the Ministry of Health Sri Lanka was the guest of honour of the event.

Developed for both mid-career clinical and management professionals, the 18 month Executive MSc (Health Administration) program delivers a transformative graduate level educational experience designed to prepare the nation’s leading Healthcare Administrators.

Prof. Mak Chai – Vice-President International and Quality Asia e University

HE The Malaysian High Commissioner lightning the oil lamp

Dr. Neelamani Rajapaksa-Hewageegama – Director, Health Education Bureau

Dr. Sajeeva Narangoda - Director/ General Manager – Browns Healthcare (Pvt) Ltd

Dr. Kithsiri Edirisinghe-Deputy Chairman IIHS presenting a token of Appreciation to HE Malaysian High Commissioner

Dr. Kithsiri Edirisinghe-Deputy Chairman IIHS presenting a token of Appreciation to Dr. Amal Harsha De Silva

IIHS staff & AeU representatives with Dr. Amal Harsha- Additional Secretary Ministry of Health Sri Lanka.

A historical contribution towards uplifting the Nursing profession in Sri Lanka

The 1st International Nursing Research Conference in Sri Lanka was successfully conducted by International Institute of Health

Sciences ( last week with the participation of an Eminent Panel of top university delegates from Australia, UK & Malaysia.  This event was a result of the efforts of the IIHS team with the directions of Dr. Kithsiri Edirisinghe, the Deputy Chairman of IIHS. The conference was supported by the Australian Trade Commission, Australia Future Unlimited under the guidance of Mr.David Samuels, Business Development Manager Austrade and endorsed by the Department of Health Western Province, Sri Lanka. The

Research forum attendees with the eminent panel of speakers

occasion was graced by HE Acting Australian High Commissioner; Ms Sonya Koppe and Dr. Amal Harsha de Silva, Additional Secretary to the Ministry of Health. As a result of the strong international relationships that IIHS possesses, the conference was enlightened by experts in nursing research and the participants were guided through the complete research process.

The speakers were Prof. Rose McEldowney, the Head, School of Health, Charles Darwin University, Australia; Dr. Kithsiri Edirisinghe, MD, Deputy Chairman of IIHS; Assoc. Prof. Faridah Hashim, Head, Faculty of Nursing, Open University Malaysia; Ms. Sue Randall, Senior Lecturer, Co-Course Director for Foundation Degree in Health, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Coventry University, UK; Dr. Virginia Dickson-Swift, Head, Department of Health & Environment, LaTrobe University, Australia; Ms. Glenda Whiting, Principal Lecturer – Health, TAFE South Australia and Dr. Nihal De Silva, Former Associate Prof. Stanford University-USA and present Dean of IIHS.

The importance of this conference cannot be underestimated as it is a step towards uplifting professional standards in nursing and allied health care, and in status building for the profession and creating a critical thinking nurse, who is well equipped to face the challenges in nursing today.

This highly qualified panel of experts succinctly explained the research process and above all planted a desire in the hearts of the participants to explore evidence based practice through research. As was highlighted by Dr. K. Edirisinghe, this served as an ‘incubator’ for continuous professional development.

A number of veterans from the Sri Lankan Nursing arena participated, including Director Nursing – Sri Lanka; Ms. L. Abeygunawardena, CNOs, Nursing school principals including; Ms. Rupa Pathmini Menike, Ms. Ashoka Abeynayake, Ms. Lalitha Peiris, NTS lecturers, nursing students and representatives from the Asiri Group of Hospitals including the CNO; Ms. Waruni Navodya and representatives of government hospitals including the Lady Ridgeway Hospital.

This proved to be a marvelous platform for nurses and allied health professionals at every stage of their academic and professional career from the student to the doctorate level to disseminate their research findings. IIHS gave the opportunity for them to grab the expertise of professionals in their field on the second day of the conference.

Dr. Kithsiri Edirisinghe presenting a token of Appreciation to the Chief Guest Her Excellence, Acting Australian High Commissioner – Ms Sonya Koppe

There were 30 presenters from Diploma level students to PhD level students and they were evaluated by an eminent panel. The forum also provided an opportunity for poster presentations which is the latest trend for presenting research and it has expanded in to field of physiotherapy as well as giving the diploma level of physiotherapy students an opening to perform in this research forum.

It made the platform for the 1st Government nursing officer to win the award of an international research. Rixy Lasanthi Dassanayake, a nursing officer of National Hospital of Sri Lanka won the gold medal for the best poster presentation; she said that this is a lifelong experience for all the Sri Lankan Nurses to uplift their knowledge on Research. Manchulaa Navaratnasingham; won the gold award for paper presentation, was the 1st physiotherapy student to achieve this at an international conference. There were diploma level students of IIHS who secured awards for their presentation including Sashya Kandeanarachchi; silver award winner for paper presentation, Puneesha Pasqual; bronze award winner for paper presentation, and Chathuran Herath, Gayan Wijewardana & Shafin Majid won the bronze award for poster presentation. Puneesha Pasquel, who won the bronze award, said that it was an incubator to demonstrate their Research skills in front of an eminent panel and get their valued ideas to further strengthen their skills. A number of government sector nurses currently completing their undergraduate studies also presented, while a PhD undergraduate thesis was also presented by a Malaysian student. For the first time in the history of Maldives, two Maldivian students of IIHS; Shamna Aishath & Abdul Razzaag Buthoola won the silver award for poster presentation. According to them it was a great opportunity provided by IIHS to represent the Research Forum as international students and to sharpen their analytical skills. These students were very grateful for the opportunity to present their work which is undoubtedly a major opportunity for personal growth. All the presenters were also highly commended for the quality and depth of their research by the reputed panelists present on that day. Other presenters included Bachelor of Science, Nursing graduates from the Universities of Sri Jayewardenepura and Peradeniya. This forum also provided an opportunity for stimulating critical thought among the attendees from nurses’ training schools and the Asiri Group of Hospitals.
The 1st International Nursing Research Conference in Sri Lanka was a historical step that gave the opportunity for representatives from government sector, private sector, Nursing schools and so on to get an exposure to the International Nursing Arena and to exchange their thoughts. It was interesting that a private sector organization would do so as shown by the Additional Secretary to the Ministry of Health, Dr. Amal Harsha De Silva. In his speech at the inauguration of the event, he highly valued the move to conduct such a conference specifically for nurses establishing that research in healthcare is not limited to doctors. Rev. Sister Geraldine, the Head of Nursing at IIHS also stated that research is central to modern nursing practice.

IIHS ( as the premier healthcare training institute in Sri Lanka delivers program in the field of Nursing ranging from Diploma to Masters level in collaboration with Deakin University Australia, ECU Australia, Tafe South Australia and Open University Malaysia. All these avenues fulfill the vision of IIHS to be the heart of innovative development of healthcare professionals for the globe.

The importance of this conference cannot be underestimated as it is a step towards uplifting professional standards in nursing and allied health care, and in status building for the profession and creating a critical thinking nurse, who is well equipped to face the challenges in nursing today

“I am Puneesha Onali Pasqual, a 17 year old former student of Musaeus College. I joined Musaeus in 1999 and during the 13 years I was at school, I had a lot of fond memories which I cherish. I was always involved in sports and extra-curricular activities such as Badminton, Athletics, Music and Arts. Badminton was my main priority, as since the age of seven I have represented the school at Badminton. I have been a member of the school Badminton team in all age groups including 2009, when the school won the All-Island under 19 Championship. My most memorable moment was when I got selected to the Sri Lankan senior national squad in 2009. I represented Sri Lanka many times which gave me lots of opportunities to travel to many different countries. Other than badminton I did long distance track events for the school athletics team. My childhood ambition was to represent Sri Lanka at Badminton, which I achieved during my school career.

After my O/L examination I had a second ambition to get selected as a medical student with the aim of becoming a Doctor. Therefore I started doing London A/L’s in the Science stream, but as it takes another three years’ time for me to complete it, myself and my parents had a lot of discussions, attended seminars, education exhibitions and visited several institutions before finally selecting IIHS one of the premier Healthcare Training institutes in Sri Lanka. The IIHS official website ( was very helpful as it gave me the main facts about the institute and the programmes they offer. We visited IIHS and got all the relevant information about the programmes and finally selected the ‘Diploma in General Nursing’ Programme (A pathway towards Bachelor of Nursing Deakin University- Australia) as the programme which best suited me to achieve my career dream. Therefore I got myself enrolled at IIHS. As instructed by IIHS, I’m also following an Australian recognized foundation programme equivalent to A/L’s as I did not sit my A/Ls and the flexible time schedules of IIHS allows me to continue both programmes simultaneously.

Although IIHS is primarily an institution offering Diplomas in Nursing, Physiotherapy, Biotechnology, and Health Management, it offers pathways to Degrees and Masters from Australian and American Universities. The Diploma in General Nursing programme I selected also offers a pathway, where upon completion of the Diploma I can directly join the final year of the Nursing BSc Degree at Deakin University, Melbourne. When comparing with other educational institutes the tuition fees are so affordable and reasonable at IIHS and while doing my degree I will also get an opportunity to enhance my clinical skills at the Asiri Hospital chain from the second year onwards.

On completion of the final year of the Bachelor of Nursing programme at Deakin University my ambition is to sit for the GAMSAT examination & join the 04 year Graduate Entry Medicine programme at Deakin University, ending up as an Australian qualified Doctor. As you all know there are many foreign Medicine programmes all around the world but finding an international level quality programme would be a challenging one.

The Deakin University Bachelor of Nursing programme conducted at IIHS is a 3+1 pathway programme where students could complete 03 years in Sri Lanka and the final year in Deakin University. By completing 03 years of the degree in Sri Lanka, students save nearly 10 million Sri Lankan rupees in terms of university and accommodation fees. Upon completion of the BSc Nursing Degree, students are eligible to obtain registration on the Australian Nursing Board as Registered Nurses. So the student who aspires to start a career in Nursing can be employable internationally with this qualification leading to high salary scales and perks internationally.

“This is a wonderful opportunity I got and I had no hesitation in deciding to enroll at IIHS, as it helps me to fulfill my dream with lot of other benefits. So I invite you also to join the Nursing programmes at IIHS and become and internationally qualified nursing professional�”

Registrations are now open for a limited number of 15 seats for the 2012 intake of Deakin University Bachelor of Nursing programme. More information could be obtained from IIHS at No. 704, Negombo Rd, Welisara or from IIHS Hotline- 0114 651144, Kushan- 0772 923131 or from Amila- 0773 114381 or from their website-


International Institute of Health Sciences (IIHS) the premier healthcare education provider in Sri Lanka is the 01st and only institute in the Sri Lankan healthcare education market to train and send Physiotherapy students for higher studies to the USA. The 01st batch of IIHS Physiotherapy students transferred to State University of New York, USA for the final year of the

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