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Australian College of Mental Health Nurses

The Australian College of Mental Health Nurses is the pre-eminent and authoritative voice of the mental health nursing profession in Australia. It provides leadership to, and advocacy for, mental health issues across the mental health sector and nursing, and sets national standards of practice in mental health nursing.

The Australian College of Mental Health Nurses seeks to represent the profession at all levels of government and across all health service sectors. In addition, the ACMHN sets standards for practice, supports mental health nursing research and provides a forum for collegial support, networking and ongoing professional development for its members. Importantly, the ACMHN also works to promote public confidence in and professional recognition of mental health nursing.

The Australian College of Mental Health Nurses believes that mental health nursing is a unique interpersonal process, which promotes and maintains behaviours that contribute to integrated functioning for individuals and communities.

Mental health nursing is therapeutic in itself in the caring, honest and trusting relationship it conveys. Mental health nursing embodies the concept of caring by supporting clients who are unable to maintain mental, social or physical health functions for themselves and empowers the client to take an active role in self-advocacy and self-care.

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Last reviewed: September 2019

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