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The ACMHN publishes press releases on issues pertaining to the profession, government policy, and Australia's mental health system more broadly. 


The College 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.


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Mental health nurses stand ready to support Australia's youth - if only government let themThursday 18 October 2021 Australia’s mental health care

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Australian College of Mental Health Nurses welcomes Mental Health and Suicide Prevention report recommendationsFriday 5 November 2021 The Australian College of Mental

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New South Wales’ mental health recovery plan must include mental health nursesTuesday 2 November 2021 NSW is looking to fast track its

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Australian College of Mental Health Nurses welcomes ACT government funding to hire more nursesThursday 23 September 2021 The ACT government is committing

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Western Australia budget lacking recognition of mental health nursesMonday 13 September 2021 The Australian College of Mental Health Nurses (ACMHN) welcomes the

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The ACMHN pleased to see mental health nurses as part of Head to Health teamsTuesday 7 September 2021 Mental health nurses (MHNs)

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Qualified mental health nurses should be part of Tasmania’s new Emergency Mental Health Co-response modelMonday 30 August 2021 The Australian College of

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Mental health nurses sidelined in discussions on how to tackleAustralians’ growing mental health needsFriday 20 August 2021 Responding to calls from the

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Mental health nurses are here to support GPs to care for consumers with mental health conditionsMonday 16 August 2021 On Thursday, the

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The ACMHN calls on Primary Health Networks to hire qualified mental health nurses for new Head to Health service centresMonday 9 August

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The ACMHN elects new Board vice-presidentsWednesday 23 June 2021 The Australian College of Mental Health Nurses is pleased to announce Monica Taylor

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Mental health nurses uniquely placed to help insure Australia against the impacts of mental ill-healthTuesday 15 June 2021 A recent report by

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Mental health nurses gain in Victoria’s budgetFriday 21 May 2021 The Victorian Government released its budget yesterday featuring a $3.8 billion spend

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Mental health nurses sidelined in Federal Budget yet againWednesday 12 May 2021 With the Budget published on the eve of International Nurses

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Mental health nursing gap rightly likened to hunting for unicornsThursday 22 April 2021 Melissa Davey’s powerful article ‘Like hunting for unicorns’ hits

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Newly released data from AIHW contains inaccuracies about the mental health nursing profession – the ACMHN calls for a correctionThursday 11 February

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Mental health nurses in demand in 2021: shortage projectedFriday 22 January 2021 Mental health nursing is an in-demand profession and is listed

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Mental health nurses could help fill the gap in mental health care for people with moderate and complex needsFriday 10 October 2020

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Psychologists inundated while mental health nurses are sidelined due to red tapeFriday 4 September 2020 The ABC have released concerning statistics that

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Unlocking the potential of mental health nurses by enabling access to the MBS Wednesday 5 August 2020 The ACMHN has once again

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Mental health nurses celebrate International Nurses Day but continue to be a lifeline for Australians Tuesday 12 May 2020 The ACMHN is

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ACMHN statement on supporting mental health nursing during the coronavirus pandemic Thursday 9 April 2020 The Australian College of Mental Health Nurses

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Mental health nursing lobby calls for action on MBS to support mental healthTuesday 24 March 2020 The Australian College of Mental Health

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Peak body for mental health nurses appoints new CEOThursday 10 March 2020 The ACMHN is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr

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Direct-entry mental health nursing degree crucial to respond to mental health related issues in AustraliaThursday 3 December 2019 ACMHN welcome the recommendations

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The Australian College of Mental Health Nurses welcomes the Victorian Royal Commission into Mental Health interim ReportFriday 29 November 2019 The ACMHN

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450 delegates meeting in Sydney to discuss integrated careFriday 4 October 2019 The 45th International Mental Health Nursing Conference in Sydney will

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ACMHN toolkit addressing workplace fear and increasing safety for allWednesday 14 August 2019 The Australian College of Mental Health Nurses (ACMHN) is

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Mental health nurses critical to deliver election promises to better mental healthWednesday 8 May 2019 The Australian College of Mental Health Nurses

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Mental health expertise crucial to meet the mental health needs of Australians now and into the futureThursday 18 April 2019 The Australian

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ACMHN’s response to the 2019-2020 Budget Friday 3 April 2019 The Australian College of Mental Health Nurses (ACMHN) welcomes the budget initiatives

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ACMHN member Christopher Patterson Nurse of the Year 2019 Friday 29 March 2019 The Australian College of Mental Health Nurses congratulates member

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Mental Health Nurses should be part of the recommendations made by the Medicare Benefits Schedule Review Friday 15 February 2019 The Australian

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Peak mental health nursing body urges the Government to provide the appropriate resources needed to #rebuildhumansMonday 7 January 2019 The ACMHN welcomes

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