Best practice resources

The College offers a series of best practice resources to our members and the public, among them our Mental Health Nursing Practice Standards, General Practice Standards, and the Scope of Practice. 

General Practice Standards: for Nurses in General Practice

These Practice Standards have built on the Australian and Nursing Midwifery (ANMF) National Practice Standards for Nurses working in Australian general practice. They provide an important framework against which nurses can self-assess their professional development needs and adjust their clinical practice to ensure that every person seen in the primary care setting has their mental health needs considered and addressed as appropriate.


Mental Health Nurses in Australia: Scope of Practice and Standards of Practice

The Scope of Practice describes what mental health nurses do in the complex and changeable world of health. It is a guide for MHNs to to engage with and then determine roles and functions that create opportunities for professional growth and development.



Safe in Care, Safe at Work

Nurses provide an essential and distinctive contribution to the provision of mental health services across Australia. Thus, the contribution of this document is its major focus on the role of nurses – on the safety of nurses, of nurses being safe; and feeling safe and confident to practice in  environments that are safe, and ensuring nurses are free from fear in the workplace. 

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Clinical supervision poster

This poster highlights the most important parts of building a trusting professional alliance.


Standards of Practice for Australian Mental Health Nurses

The Standards of Practice provide practical benchmarks to guide and measure how care is provided. They are concerned with the performance of mental health nurses across a range of clinical environments and include professional knowledge, skills, and attitudes (attributes).


Video: Mental health nursing in private practice

How can you set up a private practice if you’re a mental health nurse? How do you determine your pricing? In this conversation Australian College of Mental Health Nurses (ACMHN) member Rhonda Brown and Psychotherapy Special Interest Group Chair Claire Hudson-McAuley discuss why and how Rhonda took a leap of faith and started her private practice.


National support service for midwifes, nurses, and students

The COVID-19 pandemic has challenged health workers all around the globe. This Nurse & Midwife Support resource shines a light on tools and techniques midwifes, nurses, and students can use to care for themselves and reach out to each other when they feel stressed or overwhelmed.



Evaluation of the Mental Health Nurse Incentive Program

Healthcare Management Advisors (HMA) was engaged by the Department of Health and Ageing (DoHA) to undertake an evaluation of the Mental Health Nurse Incentive Program (MHNIP). This paper, the final evaluation report, assess the program's impacts using the information collected through the evaluation process.

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