Matthew O'Brien

Managing Director

B Bus Comm

Matthew O’Brien co-founded the Cognitive Institute and has been its Managing Director since its inception in 1998.

He leads the Institute’s development and provision of education services in 6 countries delivering more than 500 programmes and workshops.

He has more than 20 years experience as a Managing Director, specialising in healthcare management, communication and marketing. He consults to healthcare organisations designing education strategies and implementation programmes.

Before the Cognitive Institute, Mr O’Brien was the founder and Managing Director of one of Australia’s largest marketing firms, consulting to national organisations.

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Louise Cuskelly

Senior Education Consultant

BBus, RN

Louise Cuskelly joined the Cognitive Institute in July 2013 as a project consultant introducing the Vanderbilt University Promoting Professional Accountability (PPA) Programme to healthcare organisations in Asia Pacific.

In April 2014 she accepted the position of Senior Education Consultant, working with healthcare organisations to introduce change programmes to achieve results in the areas of communication, risk management and patient safety.

Louise oversees Cognitive Institute’s commercial growth strategy and is responsible for identifying business growth opportunities, marketing strategy development and implementation and client engagement. She works closely with key stakeholders across the public and private healthcare sectors. She has a background in nursing and human resource management and extensive experience working at executive level in the public and private sector in marketing and business development, hospital management, education and training, project management and strategic planning.

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Nina Bianco

Education Development Manager

BVSc, Grad Dip Nut & Diet, MPET

Nina Bianco joined Cognitive Institute in 2014, bringing more than13 years’ experience in designing and developing face-to-face, blended and online education programs for the health, mining, education and insurance sectors.

As Education Development Manager Nina develops, maintains reviews and produces education content and materials across Cognitive Institute’s programmes and series.

Nina is skilled in best practice business and education design approaches and has contributed to several publications and conference presentations on professional development and learning.

Nina’s work on ‘Leading Clinical Handover’, a six-hour e-learning program for nurse managers designed, which was written and developed for the Australian Commission on Quality and Safety in HealthCare (ACQSHC), was also winner of LearnX Asia Pacific 2010 E-Learning and Training platinum award in best practices category. 

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