Do you have positive experiences to share about mental health nursing?
Do you have positive experiences to share about mental health nursing? Leigh Jensen

Research to focus on the positives of mental health services

RESEARCHERS are seeking to talk to people on the Coffs Coast who have had positive experiences through the use of mental health services.

Academics from Southern Cross University  and members of the NNSW branch of the Australian College of Mental Health Nursing are running a small study on peoples' helpful experiences of mental health nursing interventions that generated positive outcomes in their daily life.

"There have been numerous studies looking at the failings of mental health services but very few looking at what consumers of mental health nursing experienced as being good and what real life benefits came from those interventions," said Dr John Hurley, SCU's Associate Professor of Nursing.

"We believe that by looking exclusively on these positives aspects of care that we will be able to focus future workforce development approaches on what works for the consumer.

"We strongly believe that informing such workforce training should come by listening to the recipients of mental health nursing care.

Dr Hurley said the research is interested in speaking to people aged over 18 who have received care from a mental health nurse over the past two years.

"And we are exclusively only speaking with people who have positive experiences and outcomes of mental health nursing interventions," Dr Hurley said.

Interviews lasting approximately one hour will be held at either Lismore or Coffs Harbour university campus and travel expenses will be reimbursed.

If you are living in the community, are not  currently under any mental health legislation and would like to know more click here to email Associate Professor John Hurley of Southern Cross University



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