Educational Phylosophy

Preparing Students for Life Enhancing Careers.

Exploring the foundational principles that shape effective teaching and learning methodologies for a diverse and dynamic educational landscape.


The Institute of Health and Nursing Australia (IHNA) was established in 2007 with the mission to foster diverse learning communities that prepare students for life-enhancing careers in an everchanging world which encompass nursing, medical, wellness, global health, social work, management, and research. IHNA is therefore committed to providing exemplary courses at certificate, diploma, and advanced diploma levels for a variety of health and management related service professionals.

IHNA recognises the many career opportunities for students across the health sector. These include clinical, functional and management roles. IHNA’s education philosophy is to provide our students with a rewarding learning experience that will motivate and encourage students to strive for individual advancement and excellence. IHNA values quality student-centred learning and teaching approaches which adhere to specific educational philosophies, outlined below. This is dependent on the context of the design of courses. Comprehensive learning and teaching methodologies are embedded in all IHNA’s course design and delivery

Constructivist Approach

IHNA is committed to a constructivist approach to education. This is an approach in which learning is viewed as a contextualised, active process of knowledge and skills acquisition. The student is the creator of their own repository of knowledge and skills.

Complementing a constructivist approach to learning is the application of adult learning and teaching principles to the learning and teaching contexts. The learning and teaching context is structured to build on existing knowledge and skills in different areas. These are creative and critical thinking, problem solving, collaborative teamwork, clinical reasoning, evidence-based practice, knowledge development, ethical and legal parameters of professional practice, cultural awareness and empathy, with particular emphasis and explicit focus on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders’ health and community care.

Our Teaching Methodology

Our Innovative Teaching Methodology at IHNA

IHNA adopts a teaching strategy based on self-directed learning with the notion, however, that all adult learners are not autonomous. All educators are actively involved in and prepared for the courses, using adult learning principles – Self-directing; Learning by doing; Relevance; Experience; All the senses; Practice; Personal development; and Involvement (Knowles, 1984).

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