Launch of Strategic and Governance plans by ACMHN Board

Wednesday 24 November 2021

Recently we have had a successful series of SIG and Branch meetings, a Council of Branches meeting that covered a lot of bases, and meetings with many government departments including the Department of Health, as well as a string of organisations that are either interested in mental health nurses (MHNs) or the College is working to make them interested. The visibility of the College and the skilled MHNs we represent is growing. Thank you to all the members taking part, and contributing to the success of the College. When we hear that both Minister Hunt and Minister Coleman have asked for more information on MHNs we know we are getting noticed.

The College is represented on the National Mental Health Workforce Taskforce which had its last of 21 meetings this week. Its report will go to the Federal Government before the end of the year, and the many submissions made by MHNs, ongoing meetings and discussions, have ensured that the voices of the profession have been heard in the development of the 10 year plan.

The launch of the Strategic and Governance Plans by the Board at the College's AGM next week brings together many hours of meetings and discussions by the Board, as well as many members who have shown interest in building up the College. Its growth, along with greater recognition by stakeholders, and a firm financial footing, will deliver value to members.

2022 is shaping up to be a big year for the College. We look forward to working with members and stakeholders to continue building the recognition of the College, the skills of its members, and what the College stands for. I would also like to echo the positive sentiments expressed in the Council of Branches meeting last week by many members for the services being provided by all the College staff who are coping with tight budgets and big demands from many different places.

Take care

Stephen Jackson



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