A repository of research, case studies and reflection on recovery-oriented practice in mental health.
The CPN offers no-cost, on-site workshops to all Victorian area mental health services. They are designed to upskill the mental health nursing workforce in line with current practice challenges, legislation & policy directions.
Mental Health Nursing
The annual Collab Conference showcases the specialist practice of mental health nursing, and the ways it contributes to better health outcomes for consumers of mental health services.
A space for Victoria's clinical educators to network, share knowledge, engage with and provide feedback on current priorities in policy and practice development.
Monday All dayWorking with people with a trauma history: Understanding neuroplasticity can help in everyday practi...Event
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Well hasn’t 2019 flown by! The CPN team have been keenly supporting mental health nurses across Vic to do your best work.From facilitating change with key nurses, to providing grass roots training, to evaluating innovative programs, to leading and contributing at conferences, realising good experiences and outcomes for consumers has been our aim.This Newsletter highlights the ground breaking contributions of the consumer academic team at CPN, under the stellar leadership of Cath Roper.We hope you take a moment to consider the good work you have done this year; wishing you a delightful Christmas and a Happy New Year from us all.News
A broad range of research underway was on show at the 2019 Society for Mental Health Research conference. This year had a particular focus on non-medicinal interventions such as social psychiatry, dietary interventions, and pharmaceuticals. In addition to this was the novel work of the impressive Brain Park center which seeks to utilize VR technology and gamified neuropsychological tools to work on issues such as Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Addictive Behaviors. Other areas of focus were brain imaging of different disorders and techniques for reducing discrimination through school, workplace and online psycho-educational programs.News
The CPN’s Consumer Academics recently attended the Service User Academia Symposium(SUAS) in Wellington, Aetoroea (New Zealand). Consumer Academic Hamilton Kennedy has reflected on their takeaway messages.News
In Australia, when someone has a lived experience of the mental health system, they are typically referred to as a ‘consumer’. When they work in that system in a specified consumer role, they are often said to be providing a ‘consumer perspective’. However, what it actually means to use this perspective in our work is harder to define.Members of the Consumer Academic Program at the Centre for Psychiatric Nursing, University of Melbourne, wanted to have a conversation exploring definitions of consumer perspective and how we use it in our work. To continue reading click hereNews
We’re seeking expressions of interest from nurses and consumers to participate in a new research project. Do you have experience of restrictive practices and aggression in mental health inpatient services? You may be interested in participating in this project.News
The CPN Consumer Academic Program team will be hosting a booth at the VMIAC Conference. For more information visit bit.ly/VMIACconferenceNews
CPN's Consumer Academic Program has won a TheMHS award at the 2019 Mental Health Service Awards of Australia and New Zealand program for service to mental health.News
CPN Consumer Academic, Hamilton Kennedy explores the lived experience of madness and how failure can bring us closer to what we desire in this article 'Making an art of failure' featuring artwork from another CPN academic Rory Randall.News
Consumer leaders know all too well the connection between language, power, policy and the lived experience of mental health issues and services. Whether it is “mental illness”, “recovery”, “madness” or being “managed”, words are powerful tools that can help or hurt.This is the message consumer leaders Cath Roper, Wanda Bennetts, Alison Hall and Simon Katterl brought to the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System. Wanting to know how to think and communicate respectfully about mental health, the Commission chose to listen to those who know first-hand the importance of language.By using open dialogue strategies and a “You can’t ask that” forum, the Commission and consumer leaders discussed the impacts of framing, alternative ways of understanding our experiences, the personal meaning we give words and the ethics of who gets to use them. Training from consumer leaders provided an important opportunity for staff to ask questions and reflect on the effect that they can have in their individual roles. Staff came away with concrete actions. Kerin Leonard, Director, Community Engagement, Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health SystemWe hope the work can assist the Commission to elevate the voices of consumers in their future work and recommendations.News
The 2019 Collab Conference has wrapped up. Check out the photos from the two day event.News
Strenghtening the workforce recruitment, expansion and retention!News
Handy hints when attending a conference!News
CPN's Consumer Academic, Cath Roper's article Ethical Peril, Violence and “Dirty Hands”: Ethical Consequences of Mental Health Laws has been published in a special issue of the Journal of Ethics in Mental Health.Cath discusses the ethical situations of people governed by mental health laws, clinicians working under mental health laws and analyses the 'harder to see' forms of violence experienced by people exposed to these mental health laws.News
Wednesday 10 July was the inaugural International Safewards Day! Safewards is an internationally recognised mental health model that aims to make mental health facilities safer for everyone. The model highlights for staff how they reduce conflicts and the need for restrictive interventions by recognising triggers which can put patients and staff at risk.News
The countdown is officially on! Tickets still available.News
CPN Director, Associate Professor Bridget Hamilton was the Inaugural winner of the 2018 VMIAC Consumer Awards ‘Ally’ category back in October. VMIAC CEO Maggie Toko explained the new award was launched to honour work of allies who “don’t do it for us, they do it with us and they make sure we’re out in front, they stand by us”.News
The program for the 20th Annual Victorian Collaborative Mental Health Nursing Conference is now available!News
CPN Clinical supervision: looking backward, looking forwardNews
On Monday 11 February 2019, the CPN were thrilled to host Rai Waddingham as she presented her thought-provoking session ‘Rethinking empowerment and recovery (overcoming disempowerment and oppression) to the Mental Health nursing, academic and research community.Rai who has spent a good portion of her life in and out of psychiatric hospitals, now sees herself as a survivor. She is a freelance trainer, writer and an active member of a variety of UK based committees.The session explored the critical perspectives on the concepts of recovery and empowerment in mental health, ways in which these concepts play out in modern mental health services and oppression and disempowerment within mental health services.Taking inspiration from other civil rights movements, she discussed ways we can work together to recognise and overcome these issues.Feedback: “Rai was an awesome presenter, mediating the session brilliantly, drawing out the points people were making and underlining useful concepts”“Excellent training about oppression found within treatment and recovery. Rai offered her personal view and also enabled an honest discussion.”“Rachel was an inspiring speaker and has given me much to think about and pass on in every aspect of my work.”News
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This new, open-access resource aims to inform and support the implementation of co-production initiatives specifically within the Victorian mental health context.News
A series of short videos about who we are & why we're passionate about working in mental health.News
Contingent of Victorian Safewards trainers & researchers attend EVIPRG Congress; A/Prof Bridget Hamilton to Chair international Safewards Community of PracticeNews
Phase One of the CPN’s rollout of Psychotherapy Essentials to community MH nurses is on track for the first half of 2018.News
This year's 'Graduate Survey' of Victorian public mental health services is a 'preliminary step' to further CPN research into graduate MH nurse program offerings across the state.News
2017's Symposium in NZ attended by contingent of CPN-affiliated consumer academics; 2018's to be hosted by the CPN in MelbourneNews
Dr Peckham's keynote "The Talking Cure is Biological" was very well-received at the 2017 Collab Conference. View the video here in full.News
Cath Roper and Prof. Bernadette McSherry discuss the legal framework and lived experience of involuntary treatment in AustraliaNews
CPN Nursing Lecturer Dr Finbar Hopkins awarded PhD for thesis exploring maternal representations from pre-pregnancy to early motherhood.News
Resources to help MH services & practitioners assess the degree to which their practice promotes autonomy & self-determination for service usersNews
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Mental Health Nursing Workshops
A program of one-day workshops designed to upskill nurses in line with current practice innovations, challenges and policy directions.View
Psychotherapy Essentials in Mental Health Nursing
A ten-day introduction to the theory and practice of psychotherapeutic nursing, designed to strengthen community mental health practiceView
Vic Collaborative Mental Health Nursing CONFERENCE
Showcasing the specialist practice of mental health nursing, and its contribution to better outcomes for mental health consumersView
RPN 4/5 Educators Forum
A space for Victoria’s clinical educators to network, share knowledge, engage with and provide feedback on current priorities in policy and practice development.View
The CPN works in collaborative partnerships with state government, industry bodies, research partners and area mental health services.View
Perceptions of Dangerousness
We hope to find new ways for the mental health system to think about violence, aggression and danger which promote equity and safety for both consumers and nurses.
Evaluating Safewards Victoria
Safewards is a clinical model and intervention developed in the UK that seeks to reduce conflict and the use of seclusion and other restrictive interventions in acute inpatient psychiatric wards. Since 2014, researchers at the CPN have lead the evaluation of the Victorian government funded implementation of Safewards in the state of Victoria. The implementation of Safewards in Victoria is the most substantial and systematic in the world to date.
Experiences of Engagement
PhD candidate Ms Rachel Tindall is conducting a qualitative longitudinal study of the experience of engagement in early psychosis services, for young people, carers and case managers.
Views on seclusion and restraint, and ways to reduce their use
In this study, a large interdisciplinary team explored Australian views about a range of restrictive practices (seclusion, mechanical restraint, physical restraint, chemical restraint and emotional restraint), using a mixed methods approach funded by the National Mental Health Commission.
Daya, I., Hamilton, B.E., Roper C. (2019). Authentic engagement: A conceptual model for welcoming diverse and challenging consumer and survivor views in mental health research, policy and practice. International Journal of Mental Health Nursing doi: 10.1111/inm.12653.
Scholz, B., Platania‐Phung, C., Gordon., S, Ellis, P., Roper, C., Bocking, J., Happell, B., Very useful, but do carefully: Mental healthresearcher views on establishing a Mental Health Expert Consumer Researcher Group (2019) pp. 1-10. J Psychiatr Ment Health Nurs.
Journal articles refereed
Roper, C., (2019), Ethical peril, violence and “dirty hands” – ethical consequences of mental health laws, Special issue, Disordering Social Inclusion, Ethics, Critiques, Collaborations, Futurities, Journal of Ethics in Mental Health https://jemh.ca/issues/v9/documents/JEMH%20Inclusion%20vi.pdf
Happell, B., Gordon, S., Bocking, J., Ellis, P., Roper, C., Liggins, J. & Platania-Phung, C. (2019). "Chipping away": non-consumer researcher perspectives on barriers to collaborating with consumers in mental health research. Journal of Mental Health, 28(1), 49. doi: 10.1080/09638237.2018.1466051
Scholz, B., Gordon, S., Bocking, J., Liggins, J., Ellis, P., Roper, C. & Happell, B. (2019). 'There's just no flexibility': How space and time impact mental health consumer research. International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, 28(4), 899. doi: 10.1111/inm.12589
Juntanamalaga, P., Scholz, B., Roper, C. & Hoppell, B. (2019). 'They can't empower us': The role of allies in the consumer movement. International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, 28(4), 857. doi: 10.1111/inm.12585
Scholz, B., Roper, C., Juntanamalaga, P. & Happell, B. (2019). Understanding the Role of Allies in Systemic Consumer Empowerment: A Literature Review. Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 40(4), 354. doi: 10.1080/01612840.2018.1553004
Kapp, S., Gerdtz, M., Gefen, A., Prematunga, R. & Santamaria, N. (2019). An observational study of the maintenance of the 30 degrees side-lying lateral tilt position among aged care residents at risk of developing pressure injuries when using the standard care pillow and a purpose-designed positioning device. International Wound Journal, 16(5), 1080. doi: 10.1111/iwj.13142
Fletcher, J., Hamilton, B., Kinner, S., Brophy, L.M. (2019). Safewards impact in inpatient mental health units in Victoria Australia: Staff perspectives. Frontiers in Psychiatry, doi:10.3389/fpsyt.2019.00462.
Harvey, C.A., Brophy, L.B., Tibble, H., Killaspy, H., Spittal, M., Hamilton, B., Ennals, P., Newton, R., Cruickshank, P., Hall, T., Fletcher, J. (2019). Prevention and Recovery Care services in Australia: Statewide implementation of a sub-acute residential mental-health service model Frontiers in Psychiatry. 10(383). doi:10.3389/fpsyt.2019.00383
Fletcher, J., Buchanan-Hagen, S., Brophy, L., A.Kinner, S., Hamilton, B., Consumer Perspectives of Safewards Impact in Acute Inpatient Mental Health Wards in Victoria, Australia (2019) Frontiers in Psychiatry
Hayes, C., Palmer, V., Simmons, M., Hamilton, B., Simons C., & Hopwood, M. (2019). The unheard voice of the clinician: perspectives on the key features of an adolescent inpatient model of care. Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing, doi: 10.1111/jcap.12242
Kao, C. Y., Aranda, S., Krishnasamy, M., & Hamilton, B. (2019). Identifying essential information to support patient decision-making regarding participation in cancer clinical trials: a Delphi study. European Journal of Cancer Care DOI: 10.1111/ecc.12954.
Kao, C.‐Y., Hamilton, B., Lin, Y.‐F. and Hu, W.‐Y. (2019), Ward‐Based Nurses’ Knowledge and Attitudes Toward Clinical Trials: A Survey Study in Taiwan. Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 51: 489-496. doi:10.1111/jnu.12484
Hayes, C., Palmer, V., Hamilton, B., Simons, C., & Hopwood, M. (2019). What nonpharmacological therapeutic interventions are provided to adolescents admitted to general mental health inpatient units? A descriptive review. International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, 28(3), 671-686. doi:10.1111/inm.12575
Hayes, C., Palmer, V. J., Simmons, M., Hamilton, B., Simons, C., & Hopwood, M. (2019). Protocol for a prospective, longitudinal mixed-methods case study: supporting a Model of Care for Healthier Adolescents (The MoCHA study). BMJ Open, 9(2), e025098. doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2018-025098
H, Kennedy., C,Roper., R, Randall., D, Pintado., S, Buchanan-Hagen., J, Fletcher., B, Hamilton.,Consumer recommendations for enhancing the Safewards model and interventions. International Journal of Mental Health Nursing (2019)
Tindall, R., Allot, K., Simmons, M., Roberts, W. & Hamilton B. (2019). Engagement at entry to an early intervention service for first episode psychosis: an exploratory study of young people and caregivers. Psychosis, DOI:10.1080/17522439.2018.1502341
Tindall, R.M., Allott, K., Simmons, M., Roberts, W., Hamilton B.E. (2019). The missing voice of engagement: An exploratory study from the perspectives of case-managers at an early intervention service for first-episode psychosis. BMC Psychiatry. BPSY-D-19-00085R3
Fletcher, J., Spittal, M,. Brophy L., Tibble H, Kinner S., Elsom S., Hamilton B., Outcomes of the Victorian Safewards trial in 13 wards: impact on seclusion rates and fidelity measurement (2017) International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, 26(5), pp. 461 - 471
Penno, S., Hamilton B., Petrakis M., (2017), Early intervention in psychosis: Health of the Nation Outcome Scales (HoNOS) outcomes from a five-year prospective study. Archives of Psychiatric Nursing, DOI: 10.1016/j.apnu.2017.07.003
Niels Buus, N., Hoeck, B., Hamilton, B., (2017) Nurses’ shift reports: a systematic literature search and critical review of qualitative field studies. Journal of Clinical Nursing, doi: 10.1111/jocn.13655
McKibbin G., Humphreys C., Hamilton B., (2017) “Talking about child sexual abuse would have helped me”: Young people who sexually abused reflect on preventing harmful sexual behaviour. Child Abuse and Neglect, 70: 210-221
Corbett, R., Elsom, S., Sands, N., Prematunga, R. An exploratory investigation of sexual health screening in the first 12 weeks of case management in populations with severe mental illness (2017) International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, 26 (2), pp. 160-169.
Sands, N., Elsom, S., Corbett, R., Keppich-Arnold, S., Prematunga, R., Berk, M., Considine, J. (2017) Predictors for clinical deterioration of mental state in patients assessed by telephone-based mental health triage International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, 26 (3), pp. 226-237.
Rao, S., Broadbear, J. H., Thompson, K., Correia, A., Preston, M., Katz, P., Trett, R. (2017). Evaluation of a novel risk assessment method for self-harm associated with Borderline Personality Disorder. Australasian psychiatry, DOI: 10.1177/1039856217707390
Buus, N., Hamilton, B., (2016) Social science and linguistic text analysis of nurses’ records: a systematic review and critique. Nursing Inquiry 23: 64–77
Goh, S.M.Y., Westphal, A., Daws, T., Gascoigne-Cohen S., Hamilton, B., Lautenschlager, N., (2016) A retrospective study of medical co-morbidities in psychogeriatric patients. Psychogeriatrics. 16 (1): 12–19.
Byrne, L., Roper, C., Happell, B., Reid-Searl, K., (2016), The Stigma of Identifying as Having a Lived Experience Runs Before Me: Challenges for Lived Experience Roles, Journal of Mental Health, p 1 - 7
Brophy, L., Roper, C., Hamilton, B., Tellez, J., McSherry, B., (2016), Consumers’ and their supporters’ perspectives on barriers and strategies to reducing seclusion and restraint in mental health settings, Australian Health Review 40 (6): 599-604.
Brophy, L., Roper, C., Hamilton, B., Tellez, J., McSherry, B., (2016), Consumers and their supporters’ perspectives on poor practice and the use of seclusion and restraint in mental health settings: results from Australian focus groups, International Journal of Mental Health Systems 10(6)1-10
Lima, S., Jordan, H.L., Kinney, S., Hamilton, B., Newall, F., (2016) Empirical evolution of a framework that supports the development of nursing competence. Journal of Advanced Nursing 72(4), 889–899.
Lima, S., Newall, F., Jordan, H.L., Hamilton, B., Kinney, S., (2016) Development of competence in the first year of graduate nursing practice: a longitudinal study. Journal of Advanced Nursing 72(4), 878–888.
Kinner, S., Harvey, C., Hamilton, B., Brophy, L., Roper, C., McSherry, B., & Young, J. (2016). Attitudes towards seclusion and restraint in mental health settings: Findings from a large, community-based survey of consumers, carers and mental health professionals. Epidemiology and Psychiatric Sciences, 1-10.
Tonso, M.A., Prematunga, R., Norris, S.J., Williams, L., Sands, N., Elsom, S.J. (2016) Workplace Violence in Mental Health: A Victorian Mental Health Workforce Survey International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, 25 (5), pp. 444-451.
Sands, N., Elsom, S., Colgate, R., Haylor, H., Prematunga, R. (2016) Development and interrater reliability of the UK Mental Health Triage Scale International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, 25 (4), pp. 330-336. DOI: 10.1111/inm.12197
Roper, C., McSherry, B., Brophy, L., (2015), Defining seclusion and restraint: legal and policy definitions versus consumer and carer perspectives, Journal of Law and Medicine, 23:297-302
Happell, B., Byrne, L., McAllister, M., Lampshire, D., Roper, C., Gaskin, C. J., Martin, G., Wynaden, D., McKenna, B., Lakeman, R., Platania-Phung, C. and Hamer, H. (2014), Consumer involvement in the tertiary-level education of mental health professionals: A systematic review. International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, 23: 3–16.
McSherry, B., Brophy, L., Hamilton, B., Roper, C., Tellez J., (2017), Reducing Seclusion and Restraint: Hearing from consumers and their supporters, The Health Advocate, 41:34-35
Peckham, H., (2013). Epigenetics:The dogma-defying discovery that genes learn from experience. International Journal of Neuropsychotherapy, 1, 9-20. doi: 10.12744/ijnpt.2013.0009-0020
Roper, Cath, et al. "Health and safety for spirit seers, telepaths and visionaries". Psychosis (2019). doi: 10.1080/17522439.2019.1652844
Roper, C. (in press), Capacity does not reside in me, Critical Perspectives on Coercive Interventions: Law, Medicine and Society, Routledge
Roper, C. (2016) Is partnership a dirty word? In Russo and Sweeney (eds), Searching for a Rose Garden, Challenging Psychiatry, Fostering Mad Studies, PCCS Books, Monmouth, UK
Trett, R., & Peckham, H. (in press). Psychotherapeutic practice in mental health nursing. In K. Edward & I. Munro (Eds.), Mental health nursing dimensions of praxis (3 ed.). Melbourne: Oxford University Press.
Trett, R., & Peckham, H. (in press). Personality Disorders. In K. Edward & I. Munro (eds), Mental health nursing dimensions of praxis (3 ed.). Melbourne: Oxford University Press.
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