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 ACMHN Mental Health Nurse of the Year

Do you know a colleague that has accomplished an outstanding role as a mental health nurse? Has your mental health nurse performed exceptionally in their role? 


The Australian College of Mental Health Nurses (ACMHN) extends an invitation to all members and consumers for nominations for the Mental Health Nurse of the Year.

 

This prestigious award was established in 2008 to publicly recognise the achievements of mental health nurses, encourage professional development amongst mental health nurses, and promote the importance of mental health nursing as a specialty.

The ACMHN will provide the winner with a registration, economy airfare and accommodation at its 43rd International Mental Health Nursing Conference, to be held in Hobart from 25-27 October 2017. In addition, co-sponsor Wiley-Blackwell will provide a cash prize of $1,500 and a book voucher for $500.

Download the ACMHN Mental Health Nurse of the Year nomination form here

Previous winners of the Award:

2008: Marion Stein 

2009: Donna Hodgson

2010: Debbie Nelson

2011: Jon Chesterson

2012: Tom Ryan

2013: Dianne Wynaden 

2014: Lisa Fawcett

2015: Bill Bailey

2016: Agartha Buku

 

The Mental Health Nurse of the Year Award is co-sponsored by:

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 ACMHN's Mental Health Nurse Achievement Award


The purpose of the Mental Health Nurse Achievement Award (MHNAA) is to recognise publicly the achievements of mental health nurses, encourage professional development amongst mental health nurses, and promote the importance of mental health nursing as a speciality.

 

The MHNAA will be awarded to a mental health nurse who is beginning to be recognised nationally for their leadership as a clinician, manager, educator or researcher. For example, early career researchers, clinicians, managers or educators who are making innovative changes in practice or pushing the boundaries of scope of practice.

 

The ACMHN will provide the winner with a registration, economy airfare and accommodation at its 43rd International Mental Health Nursing Conference, to be held in Hobart from 25-27 October 2017. In addition, co-sponsors Curtin University, WA will provide a cash prize of $1,000 and Wiley-Blackwell will provide a book voucher for $500.

 

Download ACMHN Mental Health Nurse Achievement Award nomination form here

 

Previous winners of the Award

2011: Timothy Wand

2013: Sue Webster

2014: Toby Raeburn

2015: Francis Acquah

2016: Christopher Patterson

 

Award Co-sponsored by Curtin University, WA and Wiley

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The ACMHN Award program includes the Mental Health Nurse of the Year, the Mental Health Nurse Achievement Award and the Partnerships in Wellbeing Awards.

 

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The Award

The purpose of the Mental Health Nurse Achievement Award (MHNAA) is to recognise publicly the achievements of mental health nurses, encourage professional development amongst mental health nurses, and promote the importance of mental health nursing as a speciality.

The MHNAA will be awarded to a mental health nurse who is beginning to be recognised nationally for their leadership as a clinician, manager, educator or researcher. For example, early career researchers, clinicians, managers or educators who are making innovative changes in practice or pushing the boundaries of scope of practice.

ACMHN will provide the winner with a registration, airfare and accommodation to its International Conference, 2013. In addition, co-sponsor Curtin University, WA will provide a cash prize of $1,000.

 

Timeline

  • Nomination package available 25 March 2013.
  • Promotion of the award will be conducted from March to July.
  • Nominations must be received at ACMHN by 22 July 2013.
  • The nominations will be forwarded to Mental Health Nurse of the Year Selection Committee
  • The Selection Committee will make a selection by 15 August 2013.
  • Nominees will be advised of the outcome and the winner will be advised by the Chair of the Committee/President of the College by 16 August 2013.
  • The award will be made at a special event during ACMHN International Annual Conference in October 2013

 

Nomination Process

  • Mental health nurses practising in any capacity in mental health may be considered for the award.
  • Two nominators are required to nominate a candidate.
  • One nomination must come from a current member of the ACMHN
  • A second nomination may come from a consumer, carer, mental health nurse, or non-mental health nursing colleague.

 

Download a Nomination Pack

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Nomination pack (PDF)

 

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Mental Health Nurse Achievement Award Co-sponsored by Curtin University, WA

 


 

ACMHN Mental Health Nurse of the Year 2013

 

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Do you know a colleague that has accomplished an outstanding role as a mental health nurse? The Australian College of Mental Health Nurses (ACMHN) extends an invitation to all members for nominations for the Mental Health Nurse of the Year.

This prestigious award was established in 2008 to publicly recognise the achievements of mental health nurses, encourage professional development amongst mental health nurses, and promote the importance of mental health nursing as a specialty.

The ACMHN Mental Health Nurse of the Year prize will consist of full registration, including travel and accommodation, to attend the Annual International Conference of the ACMHN. In addition, co-sponsor Wiley-Blackwell will provide a cash prize of $1,000 and a book voucher for $1,000.

 

2013 Timeline

  • Nomination package available 25 March 2013.
  • Promotion of the award will be conducted from March to July.
  • Nominations must be received at ACMHN by COB 22 July 2013.
  • The nominations will be forwarded to Mental Health Nurse of the Year Selection Committee
  • The Selection Committee will make a selection by 15 August 2013.
  • Nominees will be advised of the outcome and the winner will be advised by the Chair of the Committee/President of the College by 16 August 2013.

The 2013 Mental Health Nurse of the Year will be announced at the Annual ACMHN Oration and Investiture of Members at the 39th Annual International Conference in Perth.

 

Download a Nomination Pack Now!

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Nomination pack (PDF) 

 

Partnerships in Wellbeing Awards

 

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The 13th Annual Partnerships in Wellbeing Awards, sponsored by ACMHN and Eli Lilly


Applications for the Australian College of Mental Health Nurses (ACMHN) and Eli Lilly 13th Annual Partnerships in Wellbeing Awards for 2013 will open soon.

These unique awards recognise and support innovative programs that assist people living with a mental illness to optimise their lifestyles and improve their quality of life. The awards are designed to support programs that have not attracted significant funding from other sources and are a departure from core business.

ACMHN CEO Kim Ryan says the Partnership in Wellbeing Awards recognise partnerships between mental health professionals and consumer and carers. 'These programs highlight the importance of a multidisciplinary approach and the need for consumers to be involved at all stages - these are not programs developed for consumers but with consumers', Ms Ryan says.

The awards will be presented at the 39th International Conference on Mental Health Nursing being held in Perth from 22-24 October 2013. Almost 500 Mental Health Nurses and others working in mental health are expected to attend the Conference, which is an opportunity for participants to stay up to date on trends in clinical practice, research, education and explore the changing scope of mental health nursing.

 

Important Dates:

  • Nominations open: soon
  • Nominations close: 22 July 2013
  • Winners notified: 16 August 2013
  • Awards announced at ACMHN Conference Dinner in Perth.


 

Previous awards

The 11th Annual Parternships in Wellbeing Awards, sponsored by ACMHN and Eli Lilly, were awarded at the ACMHN's 37th International Mental Health Nursing Conference in Queensland.

The Women’s Wellbeing Group at St John of God Mental Health Service in Warrnambool were awarded the major Partnerships in Wellbeing Award for 2011, worth $6,000. These unique awards recognise and support innovative programs that assist people living with a mental illness to optimise their lifestyles and improve their quality of life. The awards are designed to support programs that have not attracted significant funding from other sources and are a departure from core business.

The Women’s Wellbeing Group was developed in May 2011 with a goal of promoting social inclusion and encouraging a healthy lifestyle in women who have become socially isolated due to their mental illness. ‘This program has already achieved some significant outcomes for clients and we hope this award will assist them to continue their good work’, ACMHN President Peter Santangelo said.

Two encouragement awards worth $3,000 each were awarded to the Dual Diagnosis Consumer and Carer Advisory Council run by the Eastern Dual Diagnosis Service in Victoria, and the Healthy Body Healthy Mind program run by Kaleidoscope Youth Health in New South Wales.

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Eligibility for Clinical Supervision Award

 

The Clinical Supervision Awards are offered in 2017 for the first time at the International Conference.

Three awards are available and include:

‘Best Conference Presentation on Clinical Supervision’,
‘Best First-time Conference Presenter on Clinical Supervision’
‘Best Poster on Clinical Supervision’

Abstracts assessing eligibility for the ‘Best Conference Presentation on Clinical Supervision’, ‘Best First-time Conference Presenter on Clinical Supervision’ and ‘Best Poster on Clinical Supervision’ will be assessed against the following criteria:

 

  • Primary focus of the presentation is current CS practice involving mental health nurses in Australia
  • Introduction and background, including the aims and objectives and scope of the project/process
  • Reference to theoretical influences underpinning the work (eg. model of CS)
  • Project description including challenges in undertaking the project/process and how they were responded to/overcome
  • Implementation process/project outcomes and evaluation
  • Discussion including barriers and enablers to engagement in CS by mental health nurses
  • Implications for mental health nursing (eg. contribution to new knowledge, implementing and sustaining CS practice, clinical and/or policy development) and any implications noted for consumers/carers/community)
  • Oral Presentations: Overall presentation including audience engagement and discussion
  • Poster Presentation: Overall presentation incorporating Criteria above in a creative and visually appealing manner

Award Sponsor

Clinical Supervision Consultancy – Paul Spurr & Associates have instigated the Clinical Supervision Awards to support mental health nurses and build on the interest of ACMHN members in Clinical Supervision. MHNs have the benefit of CS as being a necessary part of their professional practice, including inclusion as a requirement for credentialing, and Clinical Supervision Consultancy considers that Clinical Supervision should therefore be embedded in some way at every ACMHN Conference. The ACMHN Clinical Supervision Pre-Conference Forum in 2015 was a great success and ACMHN has the opportunity to take the lead amongst other health disciplines who have a growing interest in Clinical Supervision.

It is hoped that the sponsoring of the awards for 2 years, and potentially further into the future, will bring ongoing benefits – to encourage those who are working hard at the ‘coal-face’ to sustain and develop MHN practice; to increase knowledge and awareness of CS; to create enthusiasm for MHNs to engage or re-engage in Clinical Supervision; to promote further research, and stimulate networking in relation to Clinical Supervision.

Awards & Value:

Best Conference Paper on Clinical Supervision: $500
Best first-time conference presenter: $250
Best Poster: $250

Award Sponsor
Clinical Supervision Consultancy – Paul Spurr & Associates

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