I am a Registered Nurse with particular expertise in Mental Health Nursing. I have a worked as a clinician in many rural and regional communities in Australia.
As a nursing academic, I teach and research in mental health care topics. I am particularly interested to ensure that my research is clinically relevant to rural people. My PhD and post doctoral work concentrate of the emerging and early mental health problems of young rural people, and how they can be helped early to recover from mental health distress, problems or disorders. I have particular interests in E mental health, rural mental health ecology, mental health and disaster recovery, rural nursing and the use of social media in nursing and health care around the world.
I count it a privilege to be able to produce some of the evidence on which other clinicians can rely on, to inform their practice… It is another privilege to be able to educate nursing and health professions students about how to care for people with mental health problems, and in do so, I hope I can positively influence the quality of clinical care for people requiring mental health care locally, regionally, nationally and internationally, through the people I have taught as they each deliver health services in the future.
I love nursing, and I love mental health research. I want to encourage rural mental health nurses everywhere to be champions for mental health promotion and prevention of illness in their own communities, everywhere. This blog is an eclectic mix of conversation, information and reflection. It is designed to cheer on the rural mental health nurses who are responsible for the mental health care for one third of Australia’s population. But everyone, from everywhere, are welcome to join in the conversation!
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