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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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International Mental Health Nursing Conference back for 2022!Monday 15 August 2022 With mental health being recognised as a high priority by state

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Mental health nurses can help nowTuesday 26 July 2022 The Australian College of Mental Nurses (ACMHN) is calling on both federal and

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Fund qualified mental health nurses now to address Australia’s mental health system bottleneckMonday 9 May 2022 Psychologists’ and psychiatrists’ waiting lists continue

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Victorian budget: The College welcomes investment for more mental health nurses Wednesday 4 May 2022 The 2022/23 Victorian budget allocates $1.3bn to

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Parties must seize opportunity for serious mental healthcare reform that includes mental health nurses Wednesday 13 April 2022 As parties start to

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Bilateral agreement between Federal and Victorian governments unclear on how to tackle mental health workforce issues Tuesday 12 April 2022 The Federal

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Australian College of Mental Health Nurses calls for changes to improve nurse and consumer safety Friday 8 April 2022 Recent reports about

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Federal budget does not give mental health nurses the recognition they deserveWednesday 30 March 2022 Whilst the Federal Government’s pre-election budget sees

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Governments must let mental health nurses help children in regional areasTuesday 29 March 2022 Children in regional Western Australia wait up to

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Australian College of Mental Health Nurses welcomes Western Australia’s mental health system overhaul Thursday 17 March 2022 The Australian College of Mental

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National mental health plan must move forward – but needs greater recognition of mental health nurses firstFriday 11 March 2022 The Australian

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Nurses deserve greater recognition and more seats at the table when governments make decisions on healthcareThursday 10 March 2022 The Australian College

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Tackling Australia’s mental health crisis needs more than just better-trained GPs – it needs mental health nursesWednesday 2 March 2022 Responding to

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Victorian opposition fails to consider mental health nurses in newest election pledgeWednesday 13 February 2022 On Tuesday, the Victorian opposition promised the

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Nursing organisations condemn Morrison Government for failures in aged care Wednesday 2 February 2022 The country’s peak nursing organisations today stand together

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Mental health nurses a strong focus in Victoria’s new mental health and wellbeing workforce strategyThursday 23 December 2021 The Victorian Government’s recent

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Government should consider placing mental health nurses in schools to support students’ mental healthTuesday 14 December 2021 Following the recommendation by the

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Mental health nurses stand ready to support Australia's youth - if only government let them Thursday 18 November 2021 Australia’s mental health

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

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

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

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

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The ACMHN pleased to see mental health nurses as part of Head to Health teams Tuesday 7 September 2021 Mental health nurses

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

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Mental health nurses sidelined in discussions on how to tackle Australians’ growing mental health needs Friday 20 August 2021 Responding to calls

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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 health Tuesday 24 March 2020 The Australian College of Mental

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

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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 Report Friday 29 November 2019 The

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

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

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

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

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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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