Brenda Happell

Professor of Nursing

Reflections on Mental Health Nursing: Antiquity, challenges and opportunities

Brenda Happell

Professor Brenda Happell is a proud and passionate mental health nurse, currently Professor of Nursing at University of Newcastle.

She has published nearly 500 papers journal articles, three books and nine book chapters and attracted approximately $14million in competitive research funding.

Brenda was inaugural Director of the CPN, former Director of the Institute for Health and Social Science Research at Central Queensland University and Executive Director Synergy, Nursing and Midwifery Research Centre in Canberra.

She is Fellow and Board Director of the Australian College of Mental Health Nurses, former Editor of International Journal of Mental Health Nursing and inaugural member of the Queensland Mental Health and Drug Advisory Council.

Brenda is the Chef Investigator of a NHMRC grant a nurse-led initiative designed to improve physical health within mental health services.

Brenda has won several awards most proudly the Lifetime Ally Award from Victorian Mental Illness Council for her support of the consumer movement.