Build your nursing career in mental health and provide skilled, compassionate, person-focussed care that makes a difference.

Last updated: 30 November 2022

A blonde woman wearing a NSW Health nursing uniform standing outsideMental health nursing is a diverse and specialised area of nursing practice. Mental health nurses are committed to promoting mental health and wellbeing through the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of human responses to mental health problems. They work with individuals, families and carers across the lifespan and in a range of settings, in a trauma informed and recovery focused framework.

Starting your mental health nursing career

Graduate nurses can directly enter mental health practice within NSW Health with a structured and supportive mental health transition program.

Careers in nursing and midwifery Mental health Pathways in Practice Mental health nursing - Professional practice Nursing and midwifery scholarships Post Graduate Study - University Admission Centre Leadership and Management Progressing your mental health nursing career

Enrich, develop and grow your career with a NSW Health scholarship to support postgraduate studies for mental health nurses, including Applied Mental Health Studies.

Leadership programs are also available to help you reach your potential and lead excellent care.

Mental Health Pathways in Practice

Nurses who are new to mental health and mental health nurses wanting to further develop their skills can access Mental Health Pathways in Practice (MHPiP) - a supportive, engaging and flexible workplace learning program designed to enhance and advance mental health professionals at all career stages. Developed by mental health clinicians, MHPiP’s evidence-based content is tailored to underpin and support exceptional mental health practice.

Where can I find more information?

Mental health nursing profile video

Meet Louise Murphy, a Clinical Nurse Consultant who lives and works in the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District

Current as at: Wednesday 30 November 2022
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