Mental Health Nurse Practitioner SIG

Nurse practitioner – with specialised scope of practice in psychiatry and mental health care, is a developing area within the Australian health care system.  The ACMHN refers to this group as mental health nurse practitioners (MHNP). This Special Interest Group supports those who are interested in, or developing and currently working in, a MHNP role.  

This group recognises those who work across generalised mental health areas to specialised and dual diagnosis models of care i.e. age specific cohorts - child, youth, adult and aged care areas, alcohol and other drugs, paediatrics with developmental disorders, adult developmental and intellectual disabilities, midwifery with infant and mother mental health, physical health management with metabolic syndromes and diagnostic specific areas such as eating disorders,  and co-morbid physical health issues (but are not limited to these areas).

Committee Members

Chair: Sonia Miller

EOI – to be established

This page is an ACMHN-sponsored resource for mental health nurse practitioners and nurses interested in becoming a mental health nurse practitioner.

What is a mental health nurse practitioner?

Nurse practitioners are educated at a masters level to function autonomously and collaboratively in advanced and extended clinical roles. Nurse Practitioner (NP) is a protected title in legislation, endorsed and regulated by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (AHPRA). They can be found working in public, private, community and primary health care settings. Clients who see a nurse practitioner can receive additional clinical services associated with the extensions to practice that the nurse practitioner role allows. These can include:

  • Advanced mental health assessment and physical health assessment
  • Ordering diagnostic investigations, pathology and interpreting results
  • Clarification and confirmation of diagnosis
  • A wide range of treatment options within the NP's scope of practice including a range of psychotherapy approaches and psychotherapeutic interventions (NB: overlapping advanced practice with CMHN)
  • Prescribing medications, adjustment of medication, management of side effects and discontinuation of medications
  • Referrals to medical specialists
  • Issuing sick certificates

A brochure about mental health nurse practitioners is available here.

To get involved, contact

MHNP SIG events

The Mental Health Nurse Practitioner SIG hosts many fantastic events throughout the year. Visit our events page and sign up for them now. Events are open to members and non-members.


As the SIG develops, more information and resources will be put on the website, but we hope you find the below list useful.

Becoming a mental health nurse practitioner

Being a mental health nurse practitioner

Join the SIG

Are you interested in more information about nurse practitioners? To join our mailing list, please login via the members portal and then return to the page to join.

Join the SIG 

Subscribe to the Mental Health Nurse Practitioner SIG e-list to stay up-to-date about events, best practice, and new research. Connect with like-minded colleagues to ask questions and share your own insights. We look forward to welcoming you!