A better year for the College

Wednesday 18 May 2022

Today, I’d like to thank everyone for the fantastic abstracts they’ve submitted to gain a presenter spot at our International Mental Health Nursing Conference in September this year. We were overwhelmed by the high number and outstanding quality of the submissions and will be in touch today to inform you about the outcome. This is shaping up to be a fantastic conference: an opportunity to reconnect with colleagues and friends in person, hear from our great line-up of keynotes including Australian of the Year 2021 Grace Tame, learn about mental health nursing practice and research, and enjoy the beautiful surrounds of the JW Marriott Hotel at the Gold Coast.

Also relating to the conference, the College has just launched our Inside ACMHN 2022 series. In this series, we let our orator and keynote speakers take the reins to tell you about mental health nursing in a climate of change in Australia, and what to expect at the conference. Kim Usher, Professor of Nursing at the University of New England, joins us for the first story in this series to talk about the mental health impact of the pandemic, and how to prepare for your conference presentation.

Whilst you’re waiting for the conference, we recommend you attend some of our online events. On 8 June, the Psychotherapy Special Interest Group will hold an online discussion about music and guided imagery methods as self-care for mental health nurses. We encourage you to register for this event and check out other upcoming presentations on our website.

On a more serious note, it’s nearly time to cast your ballots as we continue to push parties to focus on repairing Australia’s broken mental health care system with the help of qualified mental health nurses. If you haven’t already done so, it’s not too late to send your local member a copy of our pre-election submission.

Lastly, we’re saying goodbye to our Communications Manager Julia Ahrens at the end of this week. Julia was recently married and is returning to her homeland, Germany, for an extended stay given her long absence due to the pandemic. Julia’s contribution to the website, monitoring of media, press releases, and general comms management has added a significant air of professionality to the College and we hope to find a replacement that is close to her high standards. Her work both in and out of business hours has been outstanding and we will miss her greatly.

Take care

Stephen Jackson
Chief Executive Officer


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