Mental health nurses are highly specialised in their practice, they are Registered Nurses who possess a recognised specialist qualification in mental health. Their work is fundamental to the success of NSW's mental health system.

Working alongside people with lived experience of mental illness, and their carers, they provide help and support recovery. The Mental Health Nurse utilises psycho-therapeutic and interpersonal interventions to care for and help consumers and their families recover.

Their strengths are in their personalities, an exceptional ability to communicate with empathy, warmth and compassion. They occupy wide ranging roles and fulfil responsibilities using an ethical decision making process. They assess, coordinate, manage, treat, support, inform, teach and lead. They are, in essence, everywhere.

I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.

Maya Angelou

Beaver Hudson, Principal Advisor - Mental Health

Beaver Hudson

Principal Advisor - Mental Health Nursing

As the Principal Advisor on Mental Health Nursing, I provide strategic advice on mental health nursing practice relating to policy, workforce development and professional development.

I lead, coordinate and develop public policy and strategic direction relating to the mental health nursing workforce and mental health nursing practice. this includes supporting teams of NSW Health staff and key external stakeholders in the design, development and implementation of state-wide projects in the specialty areas of mental health nursing.

As a part of my role I provide expert guidance and clinical advice to the Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer (CNMO), the Ministry and Government. the focuci of which are issues relating to mental health nursing practice and enhancing the experience of care for consumers of mental health services, their carers and families.

For additional information, contact me at: or call the Nursing and Midwifery Office on telephone (02) 9391 9528.

Mental Health Pathways in Practice (MHPiP)

Mental Health Pathways in Practice

Mental Health Pathways in Practice (MHPiP) is a stimulating program that harnesses the power of on-the-job learning in collaboration. All nurses working in mental health can easily stay up to date with information, enhance their working relationships with colleagues, and strengthen their mental health literacy and confidence.

To learn more about MHPiP, visit Mental Health Pathways in Practice.

For any questions visit About Mental Health Pathways in Practice.

Current as at: Tuesday 11 April 2023
Contact page owner: Nursing and Midwifery