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The Australian College of Mental Health Nurses (ACMHN) is the pre-eminent and authoritative voice of the mental health nursing profession in Australia. It provides leadership to, and advocacy for mental health issues across the mental health sector and nursing, as well as setting national standards of practice in mental health nursing. For media enquiries please email communications@acmhn.org.

Australian College of Mental Health Nurses elects new Board vice-presidents

23 June 2021


The Australian College of Mental Health Nurses is pleased to announce Monica Taylor from St John of God Murdoch Hospital, and Professor John Hurley from Southern Cross University as vice-presidents of the Board.
Mrs Taylor and Professor Hurley are long-term members of the College, bringing a breadth of knowledge and experience to the leadership of the ACMHN.

Mental Health Nurses sidelined in Federal Budget yet again

12 May 2021


With the Budget published on the eve of International Nurses day, Australian College of Mental Health Nurses (ACMHN) president Dr Mike Hazelton said that now was the time to recognise the extent to which nurses everywhere have 'answered the call' during this global pandemic.

Mental health nurses in-demand in 2021: shortage projected 

22 January 2021


Mental health nursing is an in-demand profession and is listed in the top three nursing disciplines that are likely to see a significant shortage in practitioners in 2021. Along with aged care nursing and critical care nursing, mental health nursing has been highlighted as one of the three fields that will see a significant shortfall between people in need of care, and availability of qualified nurses, and it is not hard to see why.

Why won’t the Government provide MBS items numbers for mental health nurse services?

5 August 2020


ACMHN has once again called on the Government to act on behalf of the mental health of Australians and fund the services of mental health nurses through the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS). Successive Governments have failed to recognise the expertise or potential of MHNs and now is the most crucial time for MHNs to be recognised as providers of specific services.

ACMHN statement on supporting mental health nursing during the coronavirus pandemic

9 April 2020


As Australia continues to navigate the impact of COVID-19, we look to countries which are ahead of us in both their timeline but also in their ability to report on tried and tested methods for care, failures, research and findings. It is very important to be well read beyond Australia when understanding the social and economic impacts that we are facing.

ACMHN urges the Government to provide appropriate resources to #rebuildhumans

7 January 2020


ACMHN welcome the Federal Government’s $2billion investment to undertake the rebuilding efforts of Australian communities affected by the fire disasters, with a specific commitment to invest in mental health services. The college would like to understand what proportion of the funds will go to specific mental health services.

450 Delegates meeting in Sydney to discuss integrated care

4 October 2019


The 45th International Mental health Nursing Conference in Sydney will explore the concept of integration and mental health. The three-day conference themed 'Integrated Care: People, Practice, Policy' will feature a breadth of topics ranging from person-centred care, substance use disorders, gut health, greater role for the use of technology and social media, and with a focus on consumers, families and carers. 

Mental health expertise crucial to meet the mental health needs of Australians now and into the future

18 April 2019


The Australian College of Mental Health Nurses (ACMHN) launched its election campaign today calling on all parties and candidates to commit to seven key issues to meet the predicted mental health needs of Australians now and into the future.

Mental Health Nurses should be part of the recommendations made by the Medicare Benefits Schedule Review

15 February 2019


The Australian College of Mental Health Nurses (ACMHN) is keen to work collaboratively with the government and other professional bodies following recent recommendations made by the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) Review's mental health reference group.

Mental health nurses uniquely placed to help insure Australia against impacts of mental ill-health

15 June 2021


A recent report by the Organisation of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has shone a spotlight on the adverse effects of mental ill-health on countries' social and economic stability. With the state of Victoria having gone through another lockdown, the ACMHN believes it is finally time to pay heed to he crucial role mental health nurses could play in propping up Australia's struggling mental health care services.

Mental health nursing gap rightly likened to hunting for unicorns 

22 April 2021


Melissa Davey’s powerful article ‘Like hunting for unicorns’ hits the nail on the head in identifying the many Australians who fall between the gaps of mental health care provision – these people are indeed victims of the broken middle in our mental health care systems.

Mental health nurses could help fill the gap in mental health care 

10 October 2020


ACMHN shares the concerns expressed by Professor Hickie, in an ABC Radio National interview with Fran Kelly on 8 October, and agrees there is a need to move beyond an individual practitioner model of servicing to a team-based approach. Mental health nurses could play a very important role in providing care to people with moderate and complex needs in team-based combinations of care.

Mental health nurses celebrate International Nurses Day but continue to be a lifeline for Australians

12 May 2020


"With 2020 being declared by the World Health Organisation as the Year of the Nurse, it is obvious to our world community how important nurses are to our safety and wellbeing," said ACMHN CEO Mr Stephen Jackson.

Mental health nursing lobby calls for action on MBS to support mental health

24 March 2020


ACMHN has called on the Government to act on behalf of the mental health of Australians and fund the services of mental health nurses through the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS). A very simple solution could be rolled out – to provide qualified, experienced and credentialed mental health nurses with MBS item numbers.


Direct-entry mental health nursing degree crucial to respond to health crisis

3 December 2019


ACMHN welcome the recommendations outlined in the Productivity Commission’s Draft Report, in response to a review of mental health services in Australia. Progressing the training and education framework for mental health nurses in Australia is timely and crucial, as mental health related illness grows.

ACMHN toolkit to address workplace fear and increase safety for all

14 August 2019


ACMHN is proud to launch the ‘Safe in Care, Safe at Work’ toolkit - a project funded and supported by the National Mental Health Commission (NMHC) - to further facilitate safety in care and safety for staff in Australian mental health services. The toolkit recognises the unique contribution of nurses to the provision of mental health services.

15 April 2019


Nurses and midwives are the largest health professions and the most geographically dispersed workforce in Australia. As the peak body for mental health nursing and, on behalf of nurses and midwives, ACMHN are calling on all governments to work with our professions to support the health and wellbeing of our community.

Mental health nurses gain in Victoria's budget

21 May 2021


The Victorian Government released its budget yesterday featuring a $3.8 billion spend to prop up the state’s mental health care system and highlighting the role of mental health nurses in rebuilding it.

Newly released data from AIHW contains inaccuracies about the mental health nursing profession – ACMHN call for a correction

11 February 2021


The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) has released workforce data which inaccurately represents the mental health nursing profession. 

Psychologists inundated while mental health nurses are sidelined due to red tape

4 September 2020


The ABC have released concerning statistics that highlight the failures of Australia’s healthcare system. Psychologists have highlighted that they are struggling to meet demand amid the Coronavirus pandemic as wait lists blow out. Meanwhile, qualified, willing and able mental health nurses are sitting on the bench due to the limitations of the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS).

ACMHN statement on support of mental health nursing during the COVID-19 pandemic

21 April 2020


As Australia continues to navigate the impact of COVID-19, we look to countries which are ahead of us in both their timeline but also in their ability to report on tried and tested methods for care, failures, research and findings. Therefore It is very important to keep informed form a global perspective as we understand the social and economic impacts that we are facing.

Peak body for mental health nurses announces new CEO appointment

10 March 2020


ACMHN is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr Stephen Jackson to the role of CEO. Mr Jackson has a background in health, not-for-profit organisations, and commercial operations. Previously, he has worked to deliver significant primary health care services to country NSW, including mental health services.


ACMHN welcomes the Victorian Royal Commission into mental health

9 November 2019


The ACMHN submission to the Royal Commission called for a more comprehensive and insightful response to workforce issues in mental health. The ACMHN Board of Directors and its Members acknowledge the work undertaken by the Commission and welcomes the recommendations made in the interim report.

Mental health nurses critical to deliver election promises to better mental health

8 May 2019


ACMHN welcomes an announcement made yesterday by the Hon Julie Collins and Senator Deborah O’Neill for $20 million in funding for mental health nurses to be provided through Primary Health Networks (PHNs). The announcement was made as part of the ALP’s $1 billion investment into mental health services.

ACMHN Member Christopher Patterson Nurse of the Year 2019

29 March 2019


The Australian College of Mental Health Nurses congratulates member of the College, Christopher Patterson for being recognised as Nurse of the Year at the recent 9th Australian Healthcare Week (AHW).

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