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Welcome to the Nurse Practitioner Special Interest Group

Nurse practitioner - mental health care is a developing area within the Australian health care system and has grown rapidly over the past few years. The ACMHN has set up a Special Interest Group to support those who are interested in, or developing and currently working in, a NP role.


Nurse practitioners are 'educated and endorsed to function autonomously and collaboratively in advanced and extended clinical roles', and can be found working in public, private, community and primary health care settings. Clients who see a nurse practitioner can receive additional clinical services associated with the extensions to practice that the nurse practitioner role allows. These can include:

  • advanced mental health assessment
  • clarification and confirmation of diagnosis
  • a wide range of treatment options within the NPs scope of practice
  • referrals to specialists
  • prescribing medications
  • ordering diagnostic investigations
  • issuing sick certificates.

A brochure about mental health nurse practitioners is available here.

Given that the nurse practitioner scope and role is evolving throughout Australia, please let us know if the opportunity to participate in a SIG for nurse practitioners who are mental health nurses would be valuable. To get involved, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


As the SIG develops, more information and resources will be put on the website. 

Join our eNetwork

To begin networking with Mental Health Nurse Practitioners throughout Australia, go to http://lists.acmhn.org/mailman/listinfo/mhnp and click Subscribe. You can then send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and it will be delivered to everyone who is subscribed. 

Committee Members

Chair: Sonia Miller
Chris Brooks
Matthew James
Trudi-Ann Brooks
Sian Pritchard


Terms of Reference

Special Interest Group Terms of Reference.