International Health Research Institute

International Health Research Institute

Our Team

The International Health Research Institute is driven by a passionate team of practitioners,  researchers, educators & collaborators who share a deep commitment to advancing healthcare solutions through collaboration and innovation.

Our team members possess a diverse range of expertise in various fields, including:

  • Systems & Cybernetics
  • Medicine
  • Nursing
  • Paramedicine
  • Engineering
  • Space Studies
  • Business

This rich tapestry of backgrounds allows us to approach challenges from multiple perspectives, fostering creative solutions and groundbreaking research. We are united by a shared passion for improving human health and well-being across all environments, both on Earth and beyond.

Each member of the IHRI team is a highly qualified and dedicated professional who plays a vital role in our mission.

If you share our passion for research, education, and collaboration and are interested in joining our vibrant community, we encourage you to contact a member of the leadership team to explore opportunities

Dr Andrew Hodgers

Dr. Andrew Hodgers

Co-Founder & CEO

Dr. Hodgers is a visionary leader driven by a lifelong passion for space exploration and its impact on humanity. His dedication to the field is evident in his extensive experience, accumulated over several decades, at the intersections of technology and research. Dr. Hodgers brings a wealth of expertise to IHRI, with a proven track record in; Systems & Cybernetics, Technology Development and Executive Strategy. His experience in developing cutting-edge technology is instrumental in shaping IHRI's curriculum and research initiatives. Beyond his technical expertise, he is a firm believer in the power of collaboration. He is dedicated to fostering a vibrant ecosystem at IHRI, where leading experts and aspiring healthcare professionals can work together to push the boundaries of space health and healthcare systems as a whole. His passion extends to inspiring the next generation of innovators. He is committed to empowering healthcare professionals with the knowledge and skills necessary to tackle the challenges of tomorrow, ensuring a healthier future for all, both on Earth and beyond.

Nicole Foster

Co-Founder & COO

Nicole Foster is an Australian dual registered paramedic/nurse who has worked as a clinician, Manager, and educator on four continents, specialising in remote and austere prehospital care. Nicole holds various committee and board member positions in the United States and Australia and is heavily involved in the Australian College of Paramedicine. She holds a Master's in Public Health and Tropical Medicine and is a Fellow of the Academy of Wilderness Medicine. Nicole has undertaken numerous consultancy and leadership positions in clinical governance and management, leading and managing teams face-to-face and across remote business and clinical environments. Nicole has engaged with various industries in clinical and management positions, including military, mining, NGOs and NFPs, along with many health organisations to confirm quality assurance and best patient care. Nicole specialises in remote learning and education and is an experienced course program designer. She has developed benchmarking and competency frameworks for prehospital professionals to ensure medical staff (medical doctors, nurses, paramedics, and allied health professionals) meet professional standards, college and personal requirements.

Dr. Angela Martin
Dr. Angela Martin

Dr. Angela Martin is a South Australian Registered Paramedic, Consultant Paramedic, peer-reviewed author, and leading international expert in Community Paramedicine. Her understanding and passion for bridging health service inequalities has been backed by her PhD research, consultancy engagement with national peak body, Australasian College of Paramedicine & her public advocacy for Community Paramedicine, for over a decade. Angela has over 25 years’ health industry experience in nursing, paramedicine, education, and leadership across rural and remote South Australia, which has provided her lived experience and sound insight into primary health care
challenges facing rural, remote and First Nations communities. Her transformational leadership style means she is innovative, courageous, and driven to take on any challenge big or small. Angela was awarded the South Australia Emergency Services Medal for distinguished & meritorious service of the highest order (Community Paramedicine) 2018. South Australia Ambulance Service Clinical Excellence Commendation in Professional Development for exceptional leadership and commitment to personal, professional, and clinical development for regional communities (Community Paramedicine) 2016. South Australia Ambulance Service Paramedics Australasia Rod Kershaw
Scholarship (Community Paramedicine) 2013. 

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Prof. Peter O'Meara

Dr Peter O’Meara is an APHRA registered paramedic in Australia (No. 00073350) and an internationally recognized expert on paramedicine models of care and education. Peter’s current roles include being a Professor in the Department of Paramedicine at Monash University and a course assessor for the Paramedic Board of Australia (AHPRA). He has completed a wide range of research projects and published extensively. Peter continues to supervise graduate research students and is working on several paramedic-related research projects related to community paramedicine and violence against health workers. Peter holds a wide range of board and advisory appointments internationally in the United States, Canada and Wales related to paramedicine and primary care.

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Dr. Ciaran Culligan

Dr. Culligan is a highly experienced professional, 30+ years in the fields of Engineering, Materials Science and Quality Systems. Ciaran brings a wealth of knowledge and practical understanding to both academic and professional settings. Ciaran is passionate about fostering excellence and driving innovation. His extensive diverse experience allows him to bridge the gap between theory and practice, creating a valuable resource for both researchers and industry professionals.

Patrice Honvou

Patrice Honvou, is a highly skilled and seasoned Emergency and Critical Care Paramedic with over 10 years of international experience. He specializes in flight and offshore operations, providing critical medical care in some of the world’s most challenging environments.
Throughout his career, Patrice has served with distinction in various locations, including Mali, South Africa, Benin, Nigeria, and Ghana. He has worked for organizations such as the United Nations and International Medical Companies, demonstrating his unwavering commitment to global healthcare and his ability to thrive in diverse settings.
Patrice’s extensive experience and in-depth knowledge of emergency and critical care procedures make him a valuable asset to any team. His dedication to patient care and his ability to work effectively under pressure are truly commendable.

Corinne Faber

Corinne is a highly skilled and experienced emergency and flight intensive care nurse with a distinguished international career. Throughout her extensive journey, she has provided critical and intensive care in both in-hospital and out-of-hospital settings across various countries. Her impressive international experience includes: Flight emergency critical care nurse deployments in Mali, Somalia, Niger, South Africa, and Tanzania with the United Nations and international medical companies. An ICU nurse and medical skills trainer for French fire fighter units in her home country, France. Corine has extensive expertise in medical evacuation procedures, honed through her work with the European Union in Niger. Corinne also leverages her expertise as a medical regulator in Switzerland.

Dr. Angela Martin

Dr. Angela Martin

Dr. Angela Martin is a South Australian Registered Paramedic, Consultant Paramedic, peer-reviewed author, and leading international expert in Community Paramedicine. Her understanding and passion for bridging health service inequalities has been backed by her PhD research, consultancy engagement with national peak body, Australasian College of Paramedicine & her public advocacy for Community Paramedicine, for over a decade. Angela has over 25 years’ health industry experience in nursing, paramedicine, education, and leadership across rural and remote South Australia, which has provided her lived experience and sound insight into primary health care challenges facing rural, remote and First Nations communities. Her transformational leadership style means she is innovative, courageous, and driven to take on any challenge big or small. Angela was awarded the South Australia Emergency Services Medal for distinguished & meritorious service of the highest order (Community Paramedicine) 2018. South Australia Ambulance Service Clinical Excellence Commendation in Professional Development for exceptional leadership and commitment to personal, professional, and clinical development for regional communities (Community Paramedicine) 2016. South Australia Ambulance Service Paramedics Australasia Rod Kershaw Scholarship (Community Paramedicine) 2013.

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Dr. Peter O'Meara

Dr Peter O’Meara is an APHRA registered paramedic in Australia (No. 00073350) and an internationally recognized expert on paramedicine models of care and education. Peter's current roles include being a Professor in the Department of Paramedicine at Monash University and a course assessor for the Paramedic Board of Australia (AHPRA). He has completed a wide range of research projects and published extensively. Peter continues to supervise graduate research students and is working on several paramedic-related research projects related to community paramedicine and violence against health workers. Peter holds a wide range of board and advisory appointments internationally in the United States, Canada and Wales related to paramedicine and primary care.

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Dr. Ciaran Culligan

Dr. Culligan is a highly experienced professional, 30+ years of RD&I in the fields of Systems Engineering, and advanced materials science. Ciaran brings a wealth of knowledge and practical understanding to both academic and professional settings. Ciaran is passionate about fostering excellence and driving innovation. His extensive diverse experience allows him to bridge the gap between theory and practice, creating a valuable resource for both researchers and industry professionals.

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Gabi Caswell

Gabrielle Caswell is a specialist general practitioner with a specific interest in Dermatology, Aerospace & Remote Medicine. Dr Caswell is actively involved in the aviation and space industries, where her area of research focus is, cellular biology in microgravity. Gabi is founder of SpacePort Australia Pty, a research company with the mission to encourage novelty research and problem solving approaches to space medicine and human liveability in microgravity environments. Prior to her extensive medical career, Gabi was a scientific diver, amassing 2000+ dives in extreme remote Australia.

Patrice Honvou

Patrice Honvou, is a highly skilled and seasoned Emergency and Critical Care Paramedic with over 10 years of international experience. He specializes in flight and offshore operations, providing critical medical care in some of the world's most challenging environments. Throughout his career, Patrice has served with distinction in various locations, including Mali, South Africa, Benin, Nigeria, and Ghana. He has worked for organizations such as the United Nations and International Medical Companies, demonstrating his unwavering commitment to global healthcare and his ability to thrive in diverse settings. Patrice's extensive experience and in-depth knowledge of emergency and critical care procedures make him a valuable asset to any team. His dedication to patient care and his ability to work effectively under pressure are truly commendable.

Corinne Faber

Corinne is a highly skilled and experienced emergency and flight intensive care nurse with a distinguished international career. Throughout her extensive journey, she has provided critical and intensive care in both in-hospital and out-of-hospital settings across various countries. Her impressive international experience includes: Flight emergency critical care nurse deployments in Mali, Somalia, Niger, South Africa, and Tanzania with the United Nations and international medical companies. An ICU nurse and medical skills trainer for French fire fighter units in her home country, France. Corine has extensive expertise in medical evacuation procedures, honed through her work with the European Union in Niger. Corinne also leverages her expertise as a medical regulator in Switzerland.