The Australian College of Mental Health Nurses committees advise the Board on issues regarding education, accreditation, credentialing, and more.

Education & Accreditation Committee 

The Education and Accreditation Committee was established by the ACMHN Board of Directors in 2019. The Education and Accreditation Committee considers issues in relation to nursing, enrolled nursing and mental health nursing education, and work with the Credentialing Committee where appropriate.

Jillian Reid


Jill sees her role on the committee as one that works towards furthering the mental health nursing profession in a positive and collegial manner. She completed her bachelor of nursing in 1994 and followed her passion to work in the mental health sector by completing the Psychiatric Nursing Course at Wolston Park Hospital in 1997.  Jill has been able to work as a general nurse, mental health nurse, plus drug and alcohol nurse throughout Australia and in the United Kingdom during her nursing career.  Jill is now employed at South West TAFE in a permanent role and teaches multiple units of the Diploma of Nursing.  Jill is a mental health first aid facilitator and has been so since 2009.

Alison Hansen


Alison is a Credentialed Mental Health Nurse and lecturer at Monash University, with a background in the area of forensic mental health nursing, specifically working with women in this setting. She is currently enrolled in a doctor of philosophy (nursing) exploring the use of seclusion for women in forensic mental health settings. She has taught in and coordinated pre-registration programs, and taught in post-registration nursing programs, with her main teaching focus being mental health, and law and ethics for nurses.

Renee Molloy


Renee is a Credentialed Mental Health Nurse with over 20 years of experience. Renee has worked in a variety of clinical areas and has also held various education positions within TAFE, university, and hospital settings. In her current position as a Lecturer in Nursing at Monash University, Renee supports the learning of students in both undergraduate and postgraduate studies. Renee is very passionate about ensuring that our future nurses have the right skills, knowledge, and attitude to provide care to people with a lived experience of mental illness.

Darren Byrne


Darren is an enrolled nurse working in an MH acute inpatient unit. He has always had an interest in nursing, however, he pursued other avenues of employment for various reasons. When his daughter was born in 2017 he realised it was time to make the leap into study and nursing, with the aim of working in MH becoming his focus. He enjoyed study and gained many contacts through his position as student representative role. He was able to gain employment at South West Health Care in the ECIU before moving to their Parc facility, leading to his current role in the MH acute ward.

Cameron Marshman


Cameron is an early career mental health nurse currently working as a case manager within community mental health. He enjoys building strong relationships with mental healthcare consumers and working alongside them on their recovery journeys. His current work allows for the opportunity to work closely with undergraduate and graduate nurses to inspire passion in mental health. His research interests centre on the role of compassion within mental healthcare with the aim to help improve the capacity and continued capability of mental health nurses to work with compassion.

Rod Soar


Rod is a registered psychiatric nurse with over 40 years’ experience as a clinician and educator. Rod hospital trained as RPN at Lakeside Hospital,  and RN at St John of God Hospital. Amongst other qualifications, he holds a Bachelor in Nursing from the University of Ballarat, and a Master of Nursing from Federation University. He won a Public Service Medal (PSM) for “outstanding public service and innovative developments in the area of rehabilitation psychiatry in the Grampians region.”  For the past 12 years, he has been working as a sole practitioner for GPs and the NDIS.