Event and product endorsement

What is endorsement?

Through the endorsement process, the ACMHN assesses and recognises professional events, educational activities, and products. The process is based on the principles of adult learning and recognises the importance of different forms of teaching, different styles of learning, and different professional needs. 

The aims of endorsement are: 

  • To ensure a minimum standard for professional development activities in mental health nursing are met
  • To allocate points consistently and equitably, reflecting the specialist or generalist value of the activity 
  • To ensure the activities are relevant to the needs of the members as well as of employers, clients, and the community
  • To provide feedback for the improvement of the educational and training value of the activities 

The criteria are derived from empirically-based research into the effectiveness of professional development as a quality assurance mechanism.

Endorsement application

The application form provides detailed information about endorsement.

Expression of interest for Endorsement Application Assessors

The Australian College of Mental Health Nurses (ACMHN) invites expressions of interest from ACMHN members interested in becoming Endorsement Application Assessors (EAAs) on behalf of the ACMHN.

The College has established a program of endorsements for educational events and products awarding continuing professional education points for mental health nurses.

EAAs will be required to:

  • Be available to assess endorsement applications submitted to the ACMHN
  • Provide a written summary with recommendations about the suitability of the application for endorsement to the Accreditation Committee
  • Be available for appointment for a period of up to three years.

The following criteria should be addressed in your expression of interest:

  • Current/financial member of the ACMHN
  • Demonstrated relevant qualifications in education or equivalent
  • Demonstrated experience in programme development, implementation and evaluation

It is anticipated that:

  • You will be available to undertake up to six assessments per year
  • Each endorsement application assessed will attract three CPD points

Please forward your expression of interest to:
The Education Officer
Australian College of Mental Health Nurses
PO Box 154, Deakin West, ACT 2600

Email: education@acmhn.org
Subject heading: Endorsement Assessor

Why does the ACMHN provide an endorsement service?

The ACMHN endorsement service provides mental health nurses with confidence that an educational event or activity meets the standard set by their professional body. Endorsed activities or events are assessed against criteria to establish that they are well organised, meet legal requirements, and are based on up-to-date evidence. 

The ACMHN maintains a list of all endorsed products on our website, providing an event with additional marketing exposure. 

What are the levels of endorsement?

There are two levels of endorsement, which differ depending on the relevance of the material to mental health nurses:

Level 1

Applies to all educational events, products, and materials relevant to mental health nursing. 

Level 2

Applies to all educational events, products, and materials that are targeted toward, and prepared specifically for, mental health nurses. 

How long does endorsement last?

Activities and other products can be endorsed for a period of one, two, or three years. However, if the content of an educational product changes by more than 10 per cent, this will require a new endorsement application to be submitted. 

Endorsement for events (such as a conference) lasts for the duration of that event and lapses once the event has taken place.

Endorsed events

Events endorsed by the ACMHN meet a set of strict criteria to provide MHNs with assurance about the course's quality.