A/Prof Bridget Hamilton
A/Prof Bridget Hamilton is the Director of the CentreMHN, leading the team of clinical nurse academics and consumer academics. Bridget is a registered mental health nurse with a 30 plus year career working as a clinician, manager, educator and researcher in public sector services. Since completing her PhD in 2008 she has undertaken scholarly leadership roles, including coordinating the mental health postgraduate specialist program and coordinating research higher degrees in the Department of Nursing. She has supervised the completion of nine cross disciplinary PhDs, including several nominated for the Chancellors Award.
Megan Porter joined the CentreMHN team in January 2019, coordinating engagement opportunities, events and workshops. Megan communicates and promotes the CentreMHN through social media, website and other digital/non-digital channels. Major projects Megan has worked on are the Victorian Collaborative Mental Health Nursing Conference, 4/5 Forums and ACN Nursing Expo. In 2019 Megan travelled with the Consumer Academic Program team to Wellington, New Zealand to promote Centre MHN at the SUAS Conference.
Roshani Prematunga has been a Research Assistant at the CentreMHN since June 2009. She has skills and experience working in New Zealand with the University of Auckland and government research organisations.
Teresa Kelly is a mental health nurse who holds academic qualifications in Gestalt therapy and Health Information Management and commenced at the CentreMHN in October 2017.
Teresa’s PhD research project was supported by a 2014 NHMRC/ National Heart Foundation Postgraduate Scholarship.
Cathie is a mental health nurse who has worked for the past 14+ years in a variety of clinical service settings within the ACT and Victoria. More recently she has moved to an education role where she is proud to support the development of current and new generations of mental health nurses. Her work with the CMHN is complementary to her CNE role, in working to co-establish education packages for Victorian graduate mental health nurses. She is passionate about LGBTIQ+ rights and awareness, inclusive practice, and most importantly about trauma informed care. Her research interests are broadly around recovery and healing from trauma, post-traumatic growth, resilience, working towards a salutagenic approach to trauma.
Cath Roper has held the pioneering role of consumer academic at the CentreMHN since 2000. Using perspectives arising from lived experience of mental health services, Cath develops and co-delivers training across specialist mental health service setting, and co-ordinates, teaches, assesses a core consumer perspective subject in the Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing, Mental Health. Cath has an international profile as a speaker and scholar. Her research interests include the development of consumer perspective as a discipline, and consumer decision-making, human rights and ethics in the context of mental health legislation. Cath has been engaged in policy development, and built up strong, collegial and co-productive relationships. Cath is currently engaged as a consultant throughout the life of the Royal Commission into Victoria’s mental health system (2019/2020) to provide consumer perspective advice.
Vrinda has been working for over 20 years in the consumer field and worked as a Consumer Academic at CMHN for 10 years. She has a background as a health professional, and her work is shaped by her personal and professional experiences working in strategic leadership positions in health services, and large research projects.
PhD Title: What are the experiences of adult consumers in Victorian mental health services who have an advance statement and are admitted to an inpatient unit compulsorily?
Indigo Daya is a Consumer Academic at the CentreMHN, and an Honorary Fellow at the Melbourne Social Equity Institute. Indigo has lived experience as a survivor of childhood trauma, madness and coercive mental health services. She is an experienced and highly engaging workforce trainer and policy advisor in the public clinical and not-for profit mental health sector. Her teaching and research interests include Mad Studies, consumer/ survivor perspectives in mental health contexts, human rights and reframing ‘mental illness’ as a meaningful response to trauma. She is undertaking research into perspectives of dangerousness in mental health, with the support of the Melbourne Social Equity Institute.
Hamilton Kennedy is a Consumer Academic at the CentreMHN. They have a lived experience of madness and psychiatric hospitalisation which informs their work. This work centres on safety and improving the experience of mental health consumers in services. Hamilton leads the consumer component of Safewards evaluation. They are also interested in the development of Mad Studies and narrative therapy.
Wanda has a background in education and a lived experience of mental health services.
PhD Title: All roads lead to ED: An analysis of the discourses surrounding responses to mental health crises
|Title: Experiences of engagement with early intervention services for first episode psychosis: A longitudinal, qualitative study|
Rachel’s PhD seeks to understand the experiences of engaging and disengaging with early intervention services for first episode psychosis, from the perspectives of the key people involved in the process, using qualitative metasynthesis and longitudinal, qualitative interview methods.
Rachel’s PhD project is supported by an Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarship, a HOSPIRA grant and The Windermere Foundation Doctoral Scholarship in Health Program.
Principal Supervisor: A/Prof Bridget Hamilton
Co-Supervisors: A/Prof Kelly Allott and Dr Magenta Simmons, The University of Melbourne