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:

Logo with type - black

Logo with type - green

Logo with type - purple

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.



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




About Fellowship

Fellowship is an award bestowed on members who have made a significant contribution to the College and to the profession through the pursuit of excellence in mental health nursing.

Members who are eligible to apply for Fellowship have a demonstrated commitment to the ACMHN and to mental health nursing, are Credentialed Mental Health Nurses and have been a financial member of the College for a minimum of 5 years (continuous).

Fellows are presented to the Board, and the membership at the annual Oration and Investiture - the most important College event of the year and a highlight of the annual conference.


Applying for Fellowship

Fellowship applications are now accepted for an investiture at the Annual Conference to be held in Cairns on 24-26 October 2018. Applications must be received by the College no later than 31 August 2018.

Please ensure that you read the criteria for application carefully and include all supporting documentation required.

Applications for 2018 are now open



2015 Fellows

WendyCatherine   WendySusan

Catherine Hangan                               Susan Kidd


2014 Fellows


Francis Acquah



Anne Hamilton



Ellen Cross



Fiona Whitecross



Alan Moore



Sue Liersch



Matthew James




2013 Fellows


Dianne Wynaden 


Raelene Costello 


2012 Fellows


Breda Ryan


Gareth Daniels


John Hurley


Marty Musco


Peter Santangelo


Terri Stone

Catherine Hungerford was also invested as a Fellow in 2012. Congratulations to the Fellows invested at the 2012 Oration & Investiture ceremony held in Darwin.


2011 Fellows

EDWARD, Karen-Leigh
McWILLIAM, Roslyn Anne
PAVLOU, Christine
WALES, Caroline


Congratulations to the Fellows invested at the 2011 Oration & Investiture held at the Gold Coast, pictured above with President Peter Santangelo

  2010 Fellows

ASHBY, Rebekah
BAUER, Noela
BOOTH, Sharon
REESE, Helen
SWAIN, Anthony


Congratulations to the Fellows invested at the 2010 Oration & Investiture held in Hobart

pictured above with President Peter Santangelo (Front left)


2009 Fellows


Denise McGarry

'What Fellowship means to me  is a recognition of my contribution to our profession and a signal of my continuing responsibility to provide support to fellow mental health nurses.”


Pippa Blackley

Fellowship for me is about knowing I “belong” to a group of other dedicated mental health nurses who feel as passionately as I do about the College and future of mental health nursing. Its also a recognition of the work I have put in over the past five years in the local Hunter sub-branch on the Executive and at the local conferences. Its always nice to be acknowledged!


Andrea McCloughen

Being admitted as a Fellow to the Australian College of Mental Health Nurses during 2009 gave me a sense of great pride in being a mental health nurse and a member of the College. Fellowship meant that my service to the College, and more broadly to the mental health nursing profession, albeit modest, had been and would continue to be acknowledged by my peers. That acknowledgement was significant to me because it came from my contemporaries and the peak professional body representing mental health nurses in Australia. Being awarded Fellowship to the College demonstrates that being an active member of the mental health nursing profession and having commitment to continuous professional development for education and practice is indeed valued by other nurses. Although the benefit of fellowship may be viewed as primarily symbolic, in fact, it highlights to others an individual’s authentic commitment to the mental health nursing profession. Importantly, Fellowship also emphasises the College’s contribution to enhancing the ongoing position and character of mental health nursing in Australia, by officially recognising the positive contributions to nursing practice, research, leadership and scholarship made by its own members.


Terry Frogatt

Fellowship of the Australian College of Mental Health Nurses, I believe, is an acknowledgement by ones peers that an individual Mental Health Nurse has made a noteworthy contribution to the nursing profession.

In my case, this contribution has been of a clinical, managerial and educational nature over several years. Most recently, it is an acknowledgement of my contribution to the ACMHN in a voluntary capacity.  

Nursing is in a significant period of transition, professionally, operationally and educationally. It is a privilege to work alongside other mental health professionals who have a clear vision of the future and are willing to embrace change. To be acknowledged by these people is an honour indeed.

janinefellow1 Janine van Bruinessen

What fellowship means to me... Proud recognition of the  effort, dedication and commitment  I have towards my chosen professional career as a mental health nurse . It was great to have this commitment acknowledged and supported by a group of my peers and the  ACMHN as the  peak professional body for mental health nurses nationally.

Jo Seymour (Right)

"Fellowship to me is a sense of achievement, a self recognition that my passion and dedication to what I love has not gone unrecognised"



Elaine Ford

What fellowship means to me is having professional recognition for my commitment and passion for mental health nursing, respect for the expertise I offer mental health consumers, and feeling valued by my peers.


Anabel de la Riva



Lee Collison



Christine Axten

What fellowship means to me...

I was asked to complete this sentence by the College and it got me thinking about where the idea of a Fellow came from.  Wikipedia (always my first source of information) clarified it was an ancient English tradition – no surprises there – where Fellows (blokes) of high status were recognized for their achievements and got to hob nob and sit at a ‘high table’ in full academic regalia eating and drinking for free … Ah ha… now I understand the pomp and circumstance of the investiture ceremony;  dress ups, free food, champagne, and a trumpet fanfare escorting us Fellows and Fellowesses in and out of the investiture hall.
But what makes a jolly good Fellow?  Well apart from the benefits noted above, for me it is mostly about meeting colleagues, professional development, and professional recognition and through these an opportunity to have a positive impact on improving the nursing care for people living with mental illness.
So I thank my Professional College for the opportunities provided through my membership and now my Fellowship.

For me becoming a fellow of the Australia College of Mental Health Nurses has been an important acknowledgement of the contribution I have made as a mental health nurse to the college. This was through my NSW branch work, participating in working parties for conferences and presenting and participating in conference activities. It has also meant the acknowledgement of the contribution I have made to mental health nursing in general through adding to the evidence base of mental health nursing, showing leadership and mentoring in Infant, Child and Adolescent Mental Health.


Julie Ferguson


Maria Fitzgerald


Teresa Kelly



Jacklin Fisher



Regina McDonald


Full list of ACMHN Fellows:


ACQUAH Francis
ALLAN    Janet
ALLEN    Dennise
ARNTS    John
ASHBY, Rebekah
AXTEN    Christine
BAREHAM    Neville
BARKWAY    Patricia
BARLING    Janet
BAUER, Noela
BLACKLEY    Philippa
BLAIR    Michael
BOOTH, Sharon
BOWMAN    Donna
BRADLEY    Patricia
BROWNE    Dr Graeme
BRYANT    Jennifer
CASHIN    Prof Andrew
CLARK    Gregory
CLINTON    Dr Michael
CLOONAN    Norma
CODD    Agnes
CRAGO    Ann
CREEDY    Prof Debra
CROSS    Wendy
CURRY    Graeme
DE LA RIVA, Anabel
DELANEY    James
DORN    Raymond
DULHUNTY    Geoffrey
EDMUNDS    Roger
EDWARD, Karen-Leigh
ELSOM    Stephen
EMERY    Ekura Margaret
EVANS    David
EVANS    Dr Kathleen
FARLEY    Lindsay
FARRELL    Prof. Gerald
FINN    Michael
FISHER    Jacklin





FORD    Elaine
FOTHERGILL    Dr Jennifer
HANCOX    Kerrie
HANDLEY    Christine
HAPPELL    Dr. Brenda
HARDING    Stephen
HARMON    Charles
HARMON    Karen
HARRIS    Derith
HARRISON    Sheryl
HARVEY    Neil
HENDERSON    Anthony
HENLEY    Irene
HODGSON    Donna
HOOT    Sandra
HUGHES    Prof Frances
IVERSEN    Robert
JAMES Matthew
JOHNSTON    Suzanne
JORDAN    Raighne
KELLY    Teresa 
KENNEDY    Susan
KING    Joanne
KRUEGER    Herbert
LAKEMAN  Richard
LATHAM    Linda
LEES    Claire
LINDSEY    Robert
MARTIN    Patricia
MAUDE    Phillip
McALLISTER    Margaret
McCLOUGHEN    Andrea
McDONALD    Regina
McGARY, Denise
McINNES    Cherith
McMINN    Bryan
McNAIR    Bernard
McNAMARA    Paul
McWILLIAM, Roslyn Anne
MEEHAN    Thomas
MOXHAM    Dr Lorna





MULLEN    Antony
MULLER    Christine
MUNRO    Dr Ian
MUSCO, Marty
MUSKETT    Coral
NEILSON    Malcolm Gregory
NEVILLE    Christine
NIZETTE    Debra
O'BRIEN    Dr Louise
O'BRIEN    Kerin
OLSSON    Sharon
PALMER    Christine
PAVLOU, Christine
PEARSON    Francis
PEARSON    Frank
POLLARD    Cecily
REESE, Helen
ROSSITER    Dr Rachel
ROWLEY    Gary
RUSSELL    Dianne
RYAN    Thomas
RYAN, Breda
SCHNEIDER    Michael
SEYMOUR    Joanne
SINGH    Charanjit
SPEEDY    Prof Sandra
STANTON    Vicki
STEWART    Donald
STONE    Christopher
SWAIN, Anthony
TALMET    Jacqueline
TURALE    Prof Sue
USHER    Professor Kim
WALES, Caroline
WEAVER    Robert
WEBSTER    Kevin
WHITE    Edward