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.
The program for the 20th Annual Victorian Collaborative Mental Health Nursing Conference is now available!News
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
An online repository of tools, case studies, reflection and research in support of recovery-oriented practiceVisit
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
8th Service User Academia Symposium
Bringing service users and their allies in academia together to explore service user leadership and co-production in mental health contextsView
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
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.
Journal articles refereed
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, 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.
The CPN seeks to advance the practice of mental health nursing in Victoria through research, education, engagement & consultation.View
Short videos that introduce you to the CPN's clinical nursing and consumer academic staff.Meet the team
Where to find us, and how to contact us for general enquiries or specific expertise.View