Pursuing excellence in 
mental health nursing

Setting the standard through the pursuit of excellence, 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 our country’s mental health nurses. We represent mental health nurses across all levels of government and health service sectors.

Established in 2004, the states and territories of Australia came together to form a peak body for mental health nurses nationally. ACMHN represents over 3,000 mental health nurses and has a Chapter in each state and territory of Australia.

Set standards

The college sets standards for practice and professionalism.

Drive research

We drive research in the field of mental health nursing.

Advocacy for MHNs

We communicate the role and benefits of mental health nurses and release news and current information about mental health issues in Australia.

Champion non-medical approaches

Our charter is to promote the benefits of non-medical approaches to mental health nursing.

Provide and promote education

We formally endorse training programs and
offer and support continued professional development of mental health nurse members.

Nurture the progression of new ideas

We provide a rigorous professional
development events schedule
nationally and communicate with members
regularly about their experiences in their day-to-day work.

Pursing excellence in mental health nursing

Vision statement

In an age where mental health-related illness is prevalent in Australia and remains a key health issue, we strive to set a standard for excellence in the mental health nursing profession and promote the benefits of qualified, credentialed, professional practitioners.

Mission statement

Setting the Standard through the pursuit of excellence in Mental Health Nursing.

State of play

In an age where mental health-related illness is prevalent in Australia and remains a key health issue, we strive to set a standard for excellence in the mental health nursing profession and promote the benefits of qualified, credentialed, professional practitioners.

The national and international disasters experienced in the initial weeks of 2020 are the basis for a mental health crisis in Australia.This places mental health nurses in even higher demand, as our country struggles to deal with the impact of bushfires, drought and medical emergencies, such as Coronavirus.

Why mental health nursing?

Beyond the triggers themselves, the media, internet and social media have a profound affect on those who may not be directly affected but are sympathetic or at risk of developing emotional fatigue due to sensationalism.

Mental health nursing is a specialised field of nursing which focuses on working with consumers to meet their recovery goals. Mental health nurses consider the person's physical, psychological, social and spiritual needs, within the context of the individual's lived experience and in partnership with their family, significant others and the broader community.

An influential profession in 2020

In an age where mental health-related illness is prevalent in Australia and remains a key health issue, we strive to set a standard for excellence in the mental health nursing profession and promote the benefits of qualified, credentialed, professional practitioners.

The national and international disasters experienced in the initial weeks of 2020 are the basis for a mental health crisis in Australia.This places mental health nurses in even higher demand, as our country struggles to deal with the impact of bushfires, drought and medical emergencies, such as Coronavirus.

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