Establishing a successful private practice

To help mental health nurses, nurses, nurse practitioners or midwives with an interest in mental health or family work to establish their own private practice, the College offers information and support for various stages of planning, starting, or growing a successful business.


  • Members can join the Nurses in Private Practice group (NIPP), a specialty group within the Psychotherapy SIG (PsySIG) with networking and education events
  • Take short courses to further develop trauma-informed psychotherapy skills
  • Join a supervision group via the PsySIG specifically for those interested in developing broader commercial skills and readiness for private practice including how to market and build diverse revenue sources

Many members of the College have successfully established Private Practices, and there is growing interest in this area.

Sustainable private practice, and sources of funding

This handout outlines MBS eligibility for CMHNs and MHNPs and other sources of funding for private practice. It will also provide you with information on how to start and grow a successful private practice.

How to Start a Private Practice Guide is linked in the above document. Download it separately here.


How do I Start my Own Private Practice as a Mental Health Nurse Practitioner guide can be downloaded here. We would like to acknowledge the Nurse Practitioner Special Interest Group for their contribution to this resource.

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.