Peer Reviewers

If you wish to become a Peer Reviewer for the Credential for Practice Program, you need to be a Credentialed Mental Health Nurse™. 

If you are already a Credentialed Mental Health Nurse™ and wish to express an interest in being a Peer Reviewer, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Current Reviewers

If you have been assigned an application to review you can sign-in to the C4N online application portal from here. We suggest you save the link to your bookmarks.


Expression of Interest

Have you ever considered becoming a peer reviewer? Now that you are Credentialed, you could join the cohort of Credentialed Mental Health Peer Reviewers after undertaking the Peer Reviewer Training.

To be a Peer Reviewer, you need to be:

  • A financial member of the College;
  • A Credentialed Mental Health Nurse;
  • Committed to the promotion of Credentialing and quality improvement within mental health nursing;
  • Willing to complete the Peer Reviewer Training;
  • Able to maintain confidentiality, privacy, objectivity, fairness and rigour when conducting reviews on applications;
  • Able to identify any potential conflict of interest that may exist or arise by reviewing a specific application and act appropriately in such instances;
  • Knowledgeable and skilled to assess Credentialing applications against the established criteria for mental health nursing, under the governance of the ACMHN Credentialing Committee and within the parameters of the Credentialing for Nurses policies.

An online training program provides future Peer Reviewers with the necessary training to prepare for reviewing online applications. Support will be provided to peer reviewers during training by mentors, who are experienced peer reviewers, as well as after the training if needed.


If you are interested in becoming a reviewer, please send us an Expression of Interest. We will then provide you with information on when the next training is to be conducted. Training timeframes are limited to mentors’ availability.


It would be great to have you as a reviewer and although the role is honorary, you can claim points for each review you undertake to go towards your own professional development. The College would also reimburse any costs incurred, for example phone calls, after providing the required documents for expenditure reimbursement.


To express your interest, please email your EOI to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

WHAT IS CREDENTIALING?

The Mental Health Nurse Credential recognises the qualifications, skills, expertise and experience of nurses who are practicing as specialist mental health nurses. It demonstrates to employers, professional colleagues, consumers and carers that an individual nurse has achieved the professional standard for practice in mental health nursing. The Credential also increases awareness of the contribution mental health nurses make to the mental health of the community.

A Credentialed Mental Health Nurse is a specialist nurse who has demonstrated meeting the credentialing criteria in relation to

  • registration
  • education
  • practice experience
  • professional development, and
  • professional integrity

The ACMHN Credential is the only nationally consistent standard for recognition of specialist mental health nurses.

Where can I find out more information about the process?

Simple, go to the Credential for Nurses (C4N) website: Resources and Templates

Here, you will find the C4N:

  • Qualification Framework
  • Professional Credentialing Application Guidelines
  • EBR CPD Evidence Based Record Template, or check out the new CPD EBR APP!
  • Employer Statement Template
  • Reference Template

You will, however, need to also refer to the ACMHN Resources & Templates. This will provide you with the resources and templates specific to mental health nurses.

  • Mental Health Nursing Addendum to Qualification Framework
  • ACMHN Appendix to the Application Guidelines
  • ACMHN Evidence Based Record Guide and Examples

How do I apply?

Click here for more information on how to apply.

What does it cost to become credentialed?

Click here to find out the Credentialing Fee applicable to you. 

 

 

(Page updated 1 November 2017)

The list of CMHN is provided for employers to confirm the credentialing status of an employee or to connect with a CMHN in their local area with a view to an employment/engagement relationship; or where an individual is wishing to connect with an individual CMHN for evidence-based treatment, clinical supervision or other function related to their specialty areas of practice. This list may not be used by third parties (individuals or groups) to promote a product, event, business or organisation. 

Credentialed Nurses

Find a Credentialed Mental Health Nurse

Find Credentialed Mental Health Nurses throughout Australia by searching by each state/territory (updated fortnightly).

Australian Capital Territory

New South Wales

Northern Territory

Queensland

South Australia

Tasmania

Victoria

Western Australia

Overseas

These lists open in PDF format. To search please use the 'Find' option in your internet browser; or use the CTRL-F function to search for names or keywords or phrases.

 

Update your details

Have you changed the location in which you live and work since your original provision of information for our online list of  Credentialed Mental Health Nurses? Are you a Credentialed Mental Health Nurse who's not on the list but would like to be?

Fill out this form and return to us, and we can update your details or add you to the list!

You can send it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or fax 02 6285 2166.

 

Use the CMHN Logo

Once Credentialed, you can use the CMHN Logo on your signature block or business card.

To be sent the logo, please read the Rules and Guidelines document, then download, sign and return the Agreement Form.

You can send it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or fax 02 6285 2166. 

 

News & Links

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Credentialed Mental Health Nurses with a Medicare number are invited to register your practice details with the beyondblue website. Apply here.

 

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Medicare

Credentialed MHNs can contact Medicare to obtain a provider number and detailed information about accessing government programs.

Link here

 

Mental Health Nurse Incentive Program

The Mental Health Nurse Incentive Program provides a non-MBS incentive payment to community based general practices, private psychiatrist services and other appropriate organisations (such as Divisions of General Practice) who engage mental health nurses to assist in the provision of coordinated clinical care for people with severe mental disorders.

From 1 July 2016 the Department of Human Services will not administer MHNIP. Funding for MHNIP is transferring to PHNs from 1 July 2016. For 2016-17 it will be quarantined and PHNs are required to commission mental health nursing services from the current network of MHNIP providers. From 2017-18 the funding will transition fully to the PHN flexible funding pool and MHNIP as it now exists will change as there will not be defined mental health programs. 

There is updated information on the changes to MHNIP on the Department of Health website available at http://www.health.gov.au/internet/main/publishing.nsf/Content/work-pr-mhnip. Information is also available on the Department of Human Services website at https://www.humanservices.gov.au/health-professionals/enablers/mental-health-nurse-incentive-programme-guidelines.

 

Better Outcomes in Mental Health Care - Access to Allied Psychological Services (ATAPS)

ATAPS enables GPs under the Better Outcomes in Mental Health Care (BOiMHC) program to refer consumers to allied health professionals who deliver focussed psychological strategies.

Divisions of General Practice act as fund holders for ATAPS projects and are allocated an annual budget, through Funding Agreements with the Australian Government, to broker allied mental health services for patients referred by GPs who are assessed as having a mental disorder. Therefore, the allied health professional is paid through the Division, and it is up to the Division to determine the level of payment

Link here

 

Enhanced Primary Care (EPC)

Medicare rebates are available for a range of allied health services provided for people with a chronic medical condition and complex care needs who are being managed by their GP under an enhanced Primary Care (EPC) plan. This includes follow-up services for people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island descent who have had a health assessment conducted by their GP in which the GP has identified a need for follow-up allied health services. Credentialed Mental Health Nurses need to be registered with Medicare Australia to provide services under this initiative.

Link here

 

Aged Care Access Initiative Program (ACAI)

The ACAI aims to improve access to primary care services for residents of Commonwealth-funded aged care facilities. A payment is available for clinical care provided by allied health professionals where services in aged care facilities are not paid for through Medicare or other government funding arrangements. This is managed by the Divisions of General

Practice State Based Organisations (SBOs) in each state and territory, which may purchase allied health services directly or through contractual arrangements with Divisions of General Practice. Under the Initiative, allied health professionals may provide clinical services to residents of aged care facilities either on an individual or a group basis. For the purpose of this Initiative, an allied health service may include services provided by registered nurses with a specialist role. Further information: contact your local SBO via the Australian General Practice network on (02) 6228 0800.

Link here

 

Mental Health Postgraduate Scholarship Scheme

The Mental Health Postgraduate Scholarship Scheme (MHPSS) provides scholarships to support people to undertake postgraduate study in mental health nursing and clinical psychology disciplines. The Mental Health Nursing scheme is administered by the Royal College of Nursing, Australia on behalf of the Department of Health and Ageing.

Link here

 

Non-Directive Pregnancy Counselling

There government has increased the availability of counselling and support for women and their partners who are concerned about a pregnancy through the provision of Non-Directive Pregnancy Support Counselling MBS Items. These items provide Medicare benefits for the provision of non-directive pregnancy support counselling by eligible GPs, and psychologists, social workers and mental health nurses on referral from a GP.

Link here

Do the ACMHN NDPC online training program for CPD points

 

All documents for the ACMHN Credential for Practice Program are copyrighted to the Australian College of Mental Health Nurses. All rights reserved. No part may be reproduced or copied in any form without permission except as provided under the Copyright Act, 1968 (Clth). or for credentialing applications only.

Updates

October 2009 update [Link to document]

Links

Medicare

Credentialed MHNs can contact Medicare to obtain a provider number and detailed information about accessing government programs.

http://www.medicareaustralia.gov.au/

 

Mental Health Nurse Incentive Program

The Mental Health Nurse Incentive Program provides a non-MBS incentive payment to community based general practices, private psychiatrist services and other appropriate organisations (such as Divisions of General Practice) who engage mental health nurses to assist in the provision of coordinated clinical care for people with severe mental disorders.

http://www.medicareaustralia.gov.au/provider/incentives/mental-health.jsp

 

Better Outcomes in Mental Health Care - Access to Allied Psychological Services (ATAPS)

ATAPS enables GPs under the Better Outcomes in Mental Health Care (BOiMHC) program to refer consumers to allied health professionals who deliver focussed psychological strategies.

Divisions of General Practice act as fund holders for ATAPS projects and are allocated an annual budget, through Funding Agreements with the Australian Government, to broker allied mental health services for patients referred by GPs who are assessed as having a mental disorder. Therefore, the allied health professional is paid through the Division, and it is up to the Division to determine the level of payment

 

http://www.health.gov.au/internet/main/publishing.nsf/Content/mental-boimhc-ataps

Enhanced Primary Care (EPC)

 

Medicare rebates are available for a range of allied health services provided for people with a chronic medical condition and complex care needs who are being managed by their GP under an enhanced Primary Care (EPC) plan. This includes follow-up services for people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island descent who have had a health assessment conducted by their GP in which the GP has identified a need for follow-up allied health services. Credentialed Mental Health Nurses need to be registered with Medicare Australia to provide services under this initiative.

 

http://www.health.gov.au/epc

 

 

Aged Care Access Initiative Program (ACAI)

 

The ACAI aims to improve access to primary care services for residents of Commonwealth-funded aged care facilities. A payment is available for clinical care provided by allied health professionals where services in aged care facilities are not paid for through Medicare or other government funding arrangements. This is managed by the Divisions of General

Practice State Based Organisations (SBOs) in each state and territory, which may purchase allied health services directly or through contractual arrangements with Divisions of General Practice. Under the Initiative, allied health professionals may provide clinical services to residents of aged care facilities either on an individual or a group basis. For the purpose of this Initiative, an allied health service may include services provided by registered nurses with a specialist role. Further information: contact your local SBO via the Australian General Practice network on (02) 6228 0800.

 

http://www.health.gov.au/internet/main/publishing.nsf/Content/aged_care_access

 

 

Mental Health Postgraduate Scholarship Scheme

The Mental Health Postgraduate Scholarship Scheme (MHPSS) provides scholarships to support people to undertake postgraduate study in mental health nursing and clinical psychology disciplines. The Mental Health Nursing scheme is administered by the Royal College of Nursing, Australia on behalf of the Department of Health and Ageing.

http://www.rcna.org.au/scholarships/mental_health

 

Non-Directive Pregnancy Counselling

There government has increased the availability of counselling and support for women and their partners who are concerned about a pregnancy through the provision of Non-Directive Pregnancy Support Counselling MBS Items. These items provide Medicare benefits for the provision of non-directive pregnancy support counselling by eligible GPs, and psychologists, social workers and mental health nurses on referral from a GP.

http://www.health.gov.au/internet/main/publishing.nsf/Content/Pregnancy-Counselling-1

 

 

APPLYING FOR A MENTAL HEALTH NURSE CREDENTIAL

To become a Credentialed Mental Health Nurse™, you must apply to the ACMHN through the Credentialing 4 Nurses (C4N) website. From 1 March 2017, the ACMHN will no longer be accepting Credentialing or Re-credentialing applications in paper-based format .

Applications are processed by the Australian College of Mental Health Nurses and peer reviewed by a Credentialed Mental Health Nurse™.

It is IMPORTANT that you read the following documents specific to mental health nurses:

  • Addendum to the Qualifications Framework
  • Appendix to the Application Guidelines (New Applicants)
  • Appendix to the Re-credentialing Guidelines
  • EBR Guide

To download the above documents, please go to the ACMHN Resources & Templates page.

After clicking on the link below for either a new application, or re-credentialing application, your browser will open up in a new window and take you to the C4N website. It is also important that you read the information provided on the C4N website prior to commencing your application as it will ensure you have all the documentation required and ready to upload when you apply online.

When you are ready to commence your application online (via the C4N website), there are clear instructions to help you through the process.  If you are a first time user, you will need to sign up for a new account. Your registration will be unique to you and not linked to the ACMHN member login.

To apply for a New Application for credentialing click here.

To apply for Re-credentialing click here.

 

Needing to return to an uncompleted application? Click here.

CREDENTIALING FEES

Click here to find out the Credentialing Fee applicable to you.

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(Page updated 23 October 2017)