Professor Ian Rouse, Dean, Fiji School of Medicine. I now hold the position of Dean of the College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences at the Fiji National University. The College comprises two iconic institutions from the Pacific Islands – the Fiji School of Medicine and the Fiji School of Nursing. I was formerly Executive Dean of the Faculty of Health, Engineering and Science at Victoria University, Melbourne. I have undergraduate qualifications in biological sciences, postgraduate experience in health sciences, doctoral research in epidemiology and postdoctoral research in nutritional epidemiology at Harvard University. My employment history spans the fields of medical research, public health, epidemiology and information management in Western Australia, South Australia, Victoria and in the United States. I also have a broad knowledge of health information planning and management, health policy and planning and health research and a particular interest in the practical application of these disciplines in developing countries. In addition I have a wide range of leadership, management and interpersonal skills accumulated over a period of 10 years of senior management of large information, analysis and research bureaus.