Mental health nurses work alongside people with lived experience of mental illness, and their carers, to help them overcome their symptoms and continue their personal recovery.
Mental health nurses are highly specialised and their work is fundamental to the success of NSW's mental health system.
Their strengths are their personalities, an exceptional ability to communicate, and the empathy, warmth and care to help consumers and their families deal with the complex nature of mental illness or disorder.

Mental Health Pathways in Practice (MHPiP)

"The Mental Health Pathways in Practice has a simple and compelling premise: to motivate and inspire every clinician working in mental health to be the best they can be," Jacqui Cross, Chief Nursing & Midwifery Officer, NSW Health.

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

 Mental Health Pathways in Practice looks to the future of mental health care. If you've ever asked yourself 'How can I be the best I can be for people with lived experience of mental illness?' MHPiP is for you.

The program content is suitable for novices through to experienced mental health staff and is delivered in a variety of educational styles, including online, face to face and point of care.

 MHPiP is a collaborative development between the Nursing and Midwifery Office, the Health Education and Training Institute (HETI) and all Local Health Districts and Specialty Networks (LHD/SNs).

For any questions visit our FAQs page.

Beaver Hudson, Principal Advisor of Mental Health Nursing, Nursing and Midwifery Office

As the Principal Advisor of Mental Health Nursing, Beaver:

  • provides strategic advice on mental health nursing practice relating to policy, workforce development and professional development
  • leads, coordinates and develops public policy and strategic direction relating to the mental health nursing workforce and mental health nursing practice
  • leads and supports teams of NSW Health staff and key external stakeholders in the design, development and implementation of statewide projects in the areas of mental health nursing
  • provides expert guidance and clinical advice to the Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer (CNMO), the Ministry and Government of issues relating to mental health nursing practice and enhancing the experience of care to consumers of mental health services, their carers and families.
For additional information, contact Beaver via email at or call the Nursing and Midwifery Office on telephone (02) 9391 9528.
Current as at: Wednesday 19 January 2022
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