Events, advocacy, and new team members for the College

Wednesday 23 March 2022

2022 is shaping up to be one of the College’s busiest events years. Special Interest Groups and Branches have been working closely with our Events Manager Ellen Fraser to set up both online and in-person meetings, and we’re excited to see discussions cover a fantastic range of topics, starting tonight with a presentation on group work organised by the Psychotherapy SIG. Our International Conference is also edging ever closer, and we can’t say often enough how excited we are to see you all face-to-face again.

On the advocacy front, I’ve recently met with Mark Butler, Shadow Minister Health and Ageing, to discuss how to get mental health nurses the recognition they deserve. Registration and identification were on the agenda as well.

Last weekend and Monday of this week, the College experienced an email outage. We’re still working to recover emails from that timeframe, but if you messaged us during any of those days, please consider re-sending your email to us. We apologise for any inconvenience caused by this and we continue to work with our IT team to rectify it. Due to this, we’ve also decided to extend the deadline for board director applications to Monday 28 March COB. We are looking for people who bring experience in business development, legal expertise, and finance, with previous experience as a board director to help us achieve the objectives of the strategic plan. You can read the full EOI and how to apply here.

In the education space, we’re pleased to announce the College has reaccredited the Australian Catholic University’s Graduate Diploma in Mental Health (Nursing) and Master of Mental Health (Nursing). ACU was one of the first universities the College has accredited, and we’re excited to see this relationship thrive. Our assessors continue to be impressed with the quality of education mental health nursing students receive at ACU, and we’re delighted to continue to list their degrees as meeting the criteria of the National Framework of Postgraduate Mental Health Nursing Education.

Last but not least, I’d like to welcome Bethany Longden, our new Membership Officer, to the College. Bethany joins us bringing a wealth of knowledge in community engagement and events management. Cath will sadly be leaving us at the end of this week, but we wish her all the best on her new adventure. During her time at the College, Cath has contributed greatly to improving our databases to build a solid foundation for the College’s data management. We will miss her!

Take care,

Stephen Jackson
Chief Executive Officer


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