ACMHN's 40th International Mental Health Nursing Conference
Honouring the past, shaping the future
6 - 9 October 2014
Sofitel Melbourne on Collins, Melbourne
The 40th International Mental Health Nursing Conference will be held in Melbourne Australia at the Sofitel Melbourne, from the 7th – 9th October 2014, with a workshop on the 6th.
2014 was the year to celebrate the Australian College of Mental Health Nursing’s 40th International Mental Health Nursing Conference! During our 40th year celebrations, the College believed it was important to take time to reflect on how the past has shaped the profession into the 21st Century. Since the first Conference in 1974, the profession of mental health nursing has participated in ongoing mental health reform, resulting in significant policy and practice change. This has included changes to the educational preparation of nurses; new models of care and practice domains for nurses; recovery focused care and increased advocacy for consumers and carers; and, the need to step outside of the “health silo” and work collaboratively with new stakeholder groups to drive further mental health reform.
Community, Autonomy, Immunity: can mental health care survive the 'empire of the body'?
Scott Stephens is the Editor of the ABC’s Religion and Ethics website and specialist commentator for ABC television, radio and online.
Safewards - the active ingredients
Professor Len Bowers is a qualified psychiatric nurse with clinical and managerial experience in acute inpatient and community care.
Professor Diana Clarke
Mental health emergencies: matching the system to the needs
Associate Professor and Associate Dean, Research Director, Manitoba Centre for Nursing and Health Research, University of Manitoba Faculty of Nursing, Winnipeg, Canada.
Dr Richard Lakeman
Reconciling the past, celebrating achievements, creating a positive future
Richard is a mental health nurse, presently working in the Acute Care Team based in the emergency department in Cairns. He is a senior lecturer at Southern Cross University and the University of Tasmania, and a fellow of the ACMHN.
Dr Phillipa Martyr
Examining the past with courage and objectivity
Dr Philippa Martyr is an historian of health and medicine. She taught at the Tasmanian School of Nursing, University of Tasmania, for six years before moving to the UK to become a Visiting Scholar at Oxford Brookes University, and then a Visiting Research Fellow at the Wellcome Unit for the History of Medicine, Norwich.
The role of mental health nurses in helping people manage their own wellness
David is Chair of Psychiatry at St Vincent’s Health and The University of Melbourne. He has broad clinical and research interests, encompassing schizophrenia and related disorders, bipolar disorder, cannabis abuse, OCD spectrum disorders and disorders of body image.
Relationships, recovery and power dynamics in working well with families
Margaret Doherty is the convenor of Mental Health Matters 2, a community action and advocacy group aimed at mental health reform.
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
Presented by Dr Russ Harris
Presented by Len Bowers
Worthy Mental Health Nurse of the Year and Mental Health Nurse Achievement Award recipients:
Mental Health Nurse of the Year
Lisa Fawcett took out the Mental Health Nurse of the Year Award for 2014. Lisa is the Nursing Director of Tertiary Mental Health Services and part of the senior management team at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, Queensland. In the course of her work, Lisa has worked tirelessly to build an engaged mental health nursing workforce with a focus on highlighting the professional skills and motivations for working with consumers towards recovery.
Mental Health Nurse Achievemt Award
Toby Raeburn took out the Mental Health Nurse Achievement Award for 2014. Toby is the founder of ROAM Communities Mental Health Nursing, he is a part time lecturer at the University of Sydney, and is midway through PhD research with the University of Western Sydney.
A number of new Fellows for the College:
Another amazing ACMHN-Janssen Cilag Scholarship program:
This year's recipients were:
Louise Bellizzi, Darren Mitchell, Asiah Diloi, Natalie Allen, Sylvia Ryan, Kylie Boucher, Diyana Buric, Samantha Hughes, Anne Loring, Meg Bransgrove, Tanya Cottrell, Maxime Voorhoeve, Jessica Coleman, Louisa Tsadik, Paige Wallwork, Julia Hunt and Tanya Nelson.
A big thanks once again to Janssen-Cilag for their support of this important scholarship program.
Other Award Winners
Research Award: best research presentation
Is the post anaesthetic care of patients receiving ECT and patients undergoing minor general anaesthesia comparable?
Research Runner Up
"Working towards shaping the future, little known"; An exploration of the experiences of being an overseas trained nurse from Kerala, India; and working in mental health in Australia
Research Runner Up
Shaping recovery-focused mental health nursing for the future: report of a grounded theory study
Stan Alchin Award for Best Clinical Presentation by a Clinician
SSHOPS - A suicide prevention pilot project for a nurse practitioner model of care
Stan Alchin Runner Up
Reigniting the passion of the human to human relationship: the courage to suffer
Stan Alchin Runner Up
From the locked wards of mental institutions to nurse entrepreneur - the journey
Best Presentation in a General Category Award
Project-based learning in a Bachelor of Nursing unit: a pilot study
Best First Time Presenter Award
Mental Health Nursing and the Partners in Recovery Program: improving coordination of services
Best Poster Award
The Wik Warriors Story
NSW Department of Health Scholarships
Thanks to the NSW Department of Health, 123 NSW nurses were supported to attend the Conference:
A bunch of Life Members got together:
A good time was had by all!