Member Updates

2017 Annual General Meeting 

Documents relating to the 2017 Annual General Meeting of the Australian College of Mental Health Nurses Inc.

AGM Welcome Letter

AGM Notification

Draft AGM Meeting 25 October 2016

Attachment A AGM Attendance List

Attachment B ACMHN President's Report AGM 2016

Attachment C ACMHN CEO Report AGM 2016

Attachment D ACMHN Chair of FAR Report 2016

Audit Letter 2017

Financial Report 2017

Management Representation Letter 2017

April 2016: The April edition of the newsletter from the Australian Government Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer is now available.

Summary of Council of Branches Meeting
: The Summary of the October 2015 Council of Branches Meeting is now available. Click here to view the PDF.

November 2015:
The November edition of the newsletter from the Australian Government Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer is now available.

27 November 2015: Kim talks to Nursing Review about the initial response to the Federal Government's Mental Health Reform package.

You can access the podcast on the Nursing Review website at, on their SoundCloud at or by contacting the ACMHN office to receive a copy of the audio file.


Tax and volunteering for the College

Click here to read our Tax and Volunteers fact sheet


Council of Branches

The primary function (be delegated power of the ACMHN Board of Directors) of Council of Branches is to:

- Represent the views of the Branches/Special Interest Groups in relation to College business.

- Represent issues of concern to and from the Branches/Special Interest Groups that impact on College business.

- Provide a communication forum across the Branches/Special Interest Groups.

- Provide governance and direction for the implementation of the ACMHNs strategic plan and business plan at Branches/Special Interest Groups level.

- Provide advice to the ACMHN on issues that will impact it.

- Provide reports and exchange information between Branches/Special Interest Groups and the ACMHN on activities at Branches/Special Interest Groups level.

The Council comprises the Chairs of the College Branches and SIG(s) with the Chair of the Council representing the Council as a Director of the College Board.

The CoB has proved to be a useful conduit not only between the Boards the branches and SIG. Importantly it also provides for accessible dialogue between Branch and SIG chairs. Issues that are affecting individual Branches and SIG’s can be shared across the CoB.

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Wiley Blackwell ANZ Book Discount Scheme for ACMHN Members

Members of the ACMHN are eligible to receive discount purchases of books published by Wiley-Blackwell. Please follow the instructions below to make your purchases:

For Members within Australia and New Zealand:

1. Click on to the Wiley Blackwell website HERE

2. Click ‘register first’ if you are a first time visitor. Once registered you will be asked to return to the shopping cart to login – after logging in click on ‘continue shopping’; (note that if you have opened an account with before this discount offer was available, you will have to open another account using another email address to obtain the discount);

3. If you have already registered and are a return visitor, login by clicking ‘cart’ at the top of the page; when you have logged in, click ‘continue shopping’;

4. To select books, there are three options:

  • Click ‘home’ at the top of the page for the full range of books;
  • Click on the subject link next to the College logo for specialty books;
  • Choose a book from the six listed on the discount page;

5. Select titles and then click ‘add to cart’ (this will show the amount of the discount);

6. Click ‘continue shopping’, ‘clear my cart’ or ‘checkout now’

For Members outside Australia and New Zealand:

1. Telephone your order to our Customer Service Team (click ‘contact us’ at the top of the page) and quote the promotional code SDP84 shown on the College landing page, or:

2. Complete steps 1 – 4 as above, then enter the promotional code (SDP84) shown on the College landing page, and complete steps 5-6.




Mental Health Nursing Scholarships


Thinking about further education? Now is the time to act!

In each state and territory there are scholarships for nurses to undertake post graduate education in mental health nursing.

Advancing your knowledge and skills with further education enhances your professional accountability and practice. It also puts you in a good position to become a credentialed mental health nurse. Being recognised as a credentialed mental health nurse improves career opportunities as well as personal and professional respect for your practice.

So don’t wait, get ready for the opportunities now.


Where to find information about scholarships

Nursing and Allied Health Scholarship and Support Scheme (NAHSSS)

There are a range of scholarships available for nurses, midwives, and midwifery and nursing students in Australia.

Contact the ACN for further details, application forms and opening and closing dates.

CHURCHILL FELLOWSHIPS: The Winston Churchill Fellowship Trust

These scholarships are designed to give opportunity, through the provision of financial support, to Australians from all walks of life who desire to further their search for excellence overseas. They are not for postgraduate academic study, but for study tours. Currently, the average scholarship is around $25,000 and around 80-100 scholarships are offered each year.

For further information visit the Churchill Fellowship.


Keeping Members Connected to Branch Business

While it is important to us to broadly support the profession of mental health nurses, we want to make sure that membership of the College brings with it certain privileges!

The NSW Branch has spent a considerable amount of time working out how to share their Education Forum with members and thanks to the dedication and ingenuity of NSW Branch Education Committee Chair Denise McGarry and the generosity of the University of Newcastle, we think we've done it!


The NSWB Great Debate!

Greg Clark and Jon Chesterson: Should the ACMHN NSW Branch accept sponsorship funds from pharmaceutical companies?

Jon Chesterson, the immediate past Chair of theACMHN NSW Branch and Greg Clark, the current Chair debate this critical professional issue. Listen here to the arguments supporting the continued acceptance of pharmaceutical sponsorship presented by Jon and the opposing case by Greg.

Will the members in attendance vote to take the ethical and moral high road or the pragmatic, financially rewarding low road?

Listen now to find out more!


Click Here to view the NSW Branch Education Forum presentation.

Please note, unfortunately, this is a poor video recording but the sound is ok.

If you would like to forward through the pre-debate chatter, please forward to

the starting point of 1 minute 45 seconds.

Speakers: Prof Andrew Cashin and Graeme Browne

Topic: Debunking the centrality of the therapeutic relationship to mental health nursing - where case management and narrative therapy collide.

Professor Andrew Cashin is discipline lead for nursing at SCU. Andrew also conducts a Nurse Practitioner clinic for people with autism, their families and those that work with people with autism at the SCU health centre.
Andrew is a fellow of the Australian College of Nurse Practitioners, Australian College of Mental Health Nurses and the College of Nursing. He is Adjunct Professor at Charles Darwin University and the University of Technology Sydney. He has an extensive publishing record with over 40 articles in peer review journals and other nursing journals, written book chapters and government reports on mental health.

Graeme works as a researcher for Southern Cross University’s School of Health and Human Sciences. He has a wide range of clinical and research experience. He publishes mostly in the areas of case management, children with behavioural and mental health disorders, housing and consumer participation in mental health services. Graeme is committed to the development of mental health nursing – recently has been exploring models of mental health nurse case management

Click Here to view the NSW Branch Education Forum presentation

Greg Clark, NP & Julie Ferguson, CNC

Topic: Attachment, emotional regulation and neuroplasticity: How does it all work and what are the implications in mental health?

Abstract: Over the past 60 years we have come to understand how our early relationships shape our personalities and how we relate to the world. Winnicott in 1945 described the role of the “good enough” mother and through this concept he explained the significance of the mother-infant dyad. Bowlby(1956-1986 publications) followed on with this work and developed “attachment theory.” His research laid the foundations for the level of understanding we now have about early relationships, emotional regulation, language for emotions and socialisation; which are the key elements for people to survive and to function within society.

Recent evidence from the domain of neuroscience suggests that the structures of the brain and of regulatory systems are profoundly influenced by the quality of early relationship (Schore, 1994). How do we use this understanding to work in perinatal and infant mental health?

Delaney in 2006 gave us greater understanding of how nurses can work with children and adolescents who have not developed emotional regulation, a language for emotion or an understanding of social interactions. Stahl (2006) has also mapped how early trauma has implications into adult life.

This presentation will give an overview of attachment theory and clinical implications across the life span, including the neuroplastic aspects of treatment.

Greg and Julie are both credentialed mental health nurses with a variety of qualifications in nursing and management. They each have over 30 years experience in mental health and have worked across the life span. Greg is currently lecturing within the university system and clinically under the mental health nurse incentive program. Julie has moved to perinatal & infant mental health (moving back to where it all begins).

Click Here to view the NSW Branch Education Forum presentation







One National MHPOD

On 30 June 2017, the MHPOD state websites will be merged into a single website that allows for self-registration. This change will increase MHPOD’s reach, in addition to providing better reporting and content management.

The change requires us to merge multiple databases, as such we can’t guarantee the uniqueness of usernames between them, existing users will need to re-register on the new site.

Below is some very important information existing users need to know before the change occurs to reduce issues with registration and transferring previously earned credits.

INFORMATION FOR Existing users who re-register with their current email address.
If you register with the same email address you currently use, the system will automatically transfer any previously earned credits.

INFORMATION FOR Existing users who re-register with a different email address.
If you use a different email address, a function called ‘Find my work’ will enable you to transfer credits using your previous username and password.

We strongly suggest you record your current username and password so that the new website can automatically credit you with your past course completions when using the ‘Find my work’ function. You can check your details via the “Profile” tab after logging in.

If you don’t use your current email address or you don’t remember your previous username and password (for example you are relying on your web browser to remember these details) the new system will not be able to restore your previously earned credits.

Need further assistance? Visit our Help page or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Mental Health Professional Online Development

Mental Health Professional Online Development MHPOD is an online learning resource that has been developed for people working in mental health. Based on the national practice standards for mental health, it draws on the evidence base for mental health care and contemporary practice wisdom. 

MHPOD has been funded by all states and territories, and the Commonwealth government. It is intended to support the mental health workforce, and improve access to evidence-based educational programs. The content has been written by the Psychosocial Research Centre at the University of Melbourne, and the production and overall delivery of MHPOD has been undertaken by CADRE Design. The broad project team, like the workforce, is multidisciplinary and located throughout Australia. Quality assurance has been undertaken by an expert group including consumer and carer representatives, clinicians and academics. 

There are about seventy hours of material on forty five topics, written and produced in Australia. The topics range from recovery to legislation and dual disability. All topics have strong links to the National Practice Standards for the Mental Health Workforce. 

MHPOD is a great resource for all nurses working in mental health, not just beginning practitioners. 

MHPOD is primarily designed for nurses, social workers, occupational therapists, psychiatrists and psychologists working in mental health in Australia. It is expected that other people, including consumer advocates, carer advocates, Aboriginal health workers, and other allied health workers will also find it useful. 

The modules have been developed with new graduates/entrants into the mental health field in mind, but will also be useful for more experienced practitioners. An evaluation of the pilot phase of MHPOD found that it has the potential to increase the clinical knowledge, skills and confidence of clinicians from different disciplines and with varying level of experience. Over 90% of participants indicated that their knowledge had increased because of their participation in the MHPOD pilot. 

MHPOD is free and available to nurses via their workplace or the College 

Nurses working in mental health in the public sector will have access to MHPOD through their workplace. Each state and territory jurisdiction is responsible for implementing MHPOD in their mental health services. If you are working in a mental health service, you should contact your service’s mental health educator or the local MHPOD site coordinator to access MHPOD. 

The Australian College of Mental Health Nurses can provide access to MHPOD for nurses working in primary mental health care and other settings where they may not have access via their employer.

If you have any questions about MHPOD, please call the College on 1300 667 079 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

If you would like to sign up for MHPOD via the College, you need to complete the registration form below.

We have developed the Branch Administration area so that all branch administration information is easily accessible to all branches, regional branches and special interest groups.

This area currently contains information relating to reimbursement of expenses and the Style Guide. 

The ACMHN Reimbursement of Expenses Policy can be viewed here ACMHN Reimbursement Policy Document 2016

If you need assistance Sirla Jafri, Finance and Corporate Services Manager can be contacted by email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone (02) 6285 1078. 


Style Guide

College documentation must adhere to the Style Guide where possible. To help branches with this, the Style Guide can be found here

If you have any questions about styles, please contact the College National Office on (02) 6285 1078 or 1300 667 079.

Additionally, some of the College's logos are available here:

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If you require a different version of the logo, or wish to be emailed a copy of a logo please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (02) 6285 1078.