About the ACMHN
Setting the standard
The Australian College of Mental Health Nurses (ACMHN) is the voice of the mental health nursing profession in Australia. The College is the peak professional mental health nursing organisation and the recognised credentialing body for Australia's mental health nurses. We represent mental health nurses across all levels of government and health service sectors, and have local branches all across Australia.
Advancing the profession of mental health nursing to enhance the mental health and wellbeing of all those living in our communities. Members work together to ensure the ACMHN is contemporary, thriving, and striving for excellence.
To set and promote standards for excellence in mental health nursing capabilities and therapeutic practice. These standards will solidify the drive towards recognition of mental health nurses as a nursing speciality and attract respect and dignity for mental health nurses and the consumers they work alongside. The ACMHN Constitution outlines further objects for which the College is established.
In September 1991, the then National Mental Health Nurses Congress formally transitioned into the College of Mental Health Nursing.
At the time, two major trends in mental health policy and service delivery influenced the development of the College's strategy: the integration of mental health services into general health services, and the promotion of community-based treatment, and support to overcome the neglect often experienced by the deinstitutionalised.
With the new federal structure, some devolution of tasks to the state branches took place, including the former ‘rotating’ newsletter and annual report, which was assigned to the state branch hosting the annual convention (nowadays known as the conference).
Established in 2004, the states and territories of Australia came together to form a peak body for mental health nurses nationally.