RPN 4/5 Educators' Forum

The RPN 4/5 Educators' Forum aim is to facilitate:

  • links and relationships between educators from Area Mental Health Services (AMHs) across Victoria
  • the sharing of resources and ideas around education priorities, such as student placements, graduate nurse programs and existing workforce development
  • opportunities for clinical educators to provide input and feedback on DHHS mental health workforce strategies and guideline development
  • discussion and dissemination of information about policy implementation challenges and approaches

All mental health nursing educators in Victorian AMHs are invited to attend these Forums. They are held approximately once every six weeks at The University of Melbourne’s Parkville campus.

To be included on our email list for future Forums, contact us.

2018 Forum dates


Speakers: Kate Thwaites, Principal Clinical Advisor, Office of the Chief Mental Health Nurse, Mental Health Branch, Department of Health and Human Services.

Bridget Hamilton, Director, Centre for Psychiatric Nursing, The University of Melbourne.

Topic: Implementing the Clinical Supervision for Mental Health Nurses Framework: A conversation with Kate and Bridget.

AprilTuesday 17thSpeaker: Dr Lynne Coulson Barr, Victoria's inaugural Mental Health Complaints Commissioner.  The MHCC was established under the Mental Health Act 2014 to safeguard rights, resolve complaints and recommend improvements in Victorian public mental health services.
JuneTuesday 5thSpeaker: Jami Jones from the Rainbow Network, an organisation that delivers training and resources that support the delivery of safer and more inclusive services for same-sex attracted, intersex, trans and gender diverse Victorians.
JulyTuesday 24thSpeaker: Dr Nadya Kouzma, Education & Service Development Consultant from Victorian Transcultural Mental Health. which collaborates with services to build their capacity for addressing lack of equity in mental health service provision, with the overall goal of improving the wellbeing of culturally diverse individuals and communities.  
SeptemberTuesday 11th

Speaker: consumer educator, former VMIAC Board Chair & current University of Melbourne PhD candidate Vrinda Edan, on her research into the use of advance statements

OctoberTuesday 30th


Gary Ennis, Senior Psychiatric Nurse (Education & Workforce Development) & MHTDU Program Coordinator, NWMH.

Title: Clinical Leadership and Mental Health Nursing, Findings from a PhD Study.

Vrinda Edan, Consumer Academic & PhD Candidate, Centre for Psychiatric Nursing, The University of Melbourne.

Title: Advance Statements: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.

DecemberTuesday 4th

Xmas lunch.

Speaker: Anna Love, Chief Mental Health Nurse, Mental Health Branch, Office Chief Psychiatrist.