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ACMHN's 41st International Mental Health Nursing Conference


Shifting Culture, Leading Change


7 - 9 October 2015

Brisbane Convention Centre


The 41st International Mental Health Nursing Conference was held in Brisbane at the Brisbane Convention Centre, from the 7th – 9th October 2014, with a workshop and the Oration and Investiture on the 6th.


The conference challenged speakers and delegates to get involved in the future of the profession; to consider and discuss how the profession can be moved forward,; and how mental health nurses can move from the ‘bedside to the boardroom’.


Mental health nursing leadership is the key. Step up, this is the future of mental health nursing



Keynote Speakers


Fay Jackson

From compassion fatigue to the new paradigm

Fay is the Deputy Commissioner, Mental Health Commission of NSW, General Manager - Inclusion at RichmondPRA, and runs her own business Vision in Mind.


Dr Lesley van Schoubroeck

Opening Address

Queensland Mental Health Commissioner


Nicole Gibson

Mental health isn't a political issue

National Mental Health Commissioner and CEO, The Rogue and Rouge Foundation


Professor Julie Repper

Shifting culture, leading change

Programme Director - ImROC (Implementing Recovery for Organisational Change), University of Nottingham and Recovery Lead, Nottinghamshire Healthcare Trust


Dr Gail Stuart

Mental Health Nurses: Changing the conversation can change the world

Dean and a tenured Distinguished University Professor in the College of Nursing and a Professor in the College of Medicine in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Medical University of South Carolina.


Kim Ryan

Mental health nursing:  it really is rocket science

CEO, The Australian College of Mental Health Nurses


Dr Peter Santangelo

Dare to be different! Dare to be special! Dare to lead!

Member, NSW Mental Health Tribunal and Independent Practitioner





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Worthy Mental Health Nurse of the Year and Mental Health Nurse Achievement Award recipients:


Mental Health Nurse of the Year

Mental Health Nurse of the Year

Bill Bailey has for the last 10 years worked with the Emergency Department at The Canberra Hospital (TCH) within the ED Mental Health Assessment Unit (MHAU). Since the MHAU’s inception, Bill has been a champion for the project. He has worked to improve interactions with mental health consumers by teaching, assisting, discussing, and counselling ED staff.

Mental Health Nurse Achievement

Mental Health Nurse Achievement

Francis Acquah has worked for over 25 years providing primary health care services in Australia, the United Kingdom and Ghana. His private practice, Positive Mental Health Program, employs Credentialed Health Nurses and offers outreach and community referral services to a range of GPs and Psychiatrists in Melbourne’s northern suburbs.

New Fellows and a new Life Member:

Susan Kidd - new Fellow

Susan Kidd - new Fellow

Catherine Hangan - new Fellow

Catherine Hangan - new Fellow

Patricia Barkway - new Life Member

Patricia Barkway - new Life Member

Thanks to all our Sponsors and Exhibitors
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