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Mental Health Nurses

What does a Mental Health Nurse do?

Mental health nurses work with people with high and low prevalence mental health disorders, including mental illnesses or psychological distress.

Services

Mental health nurses may:

  • Identify patient goals and interventions required to achieve them
  • Provide a comprehensive mental status assessment
  • Contribute to the development of a General Practice Mental Health Care Plan
  • Contribute to case conferences
  • Assist patients’ families and carers to provide care and support
  • Provide psychological education
  • Provide counselling and psychological interventions

Patients may be referred to a mental health nurses for:

  • Medication education, management and compliance monitoring
  • Liaison point between GPs and psychiatrists
  • Support and interventions post discharge from a mental health service
  • Monitoring of mood, suicidality and self-harm tendencies
  • Counselling to manage and contain psychological distress
  • Home visiting 

Medicare Eligibility

To be eligible to provide services under the CDM Medicare items, mental health nurses need to be registered nurses and credentialled by the Australian College of Mental Health Nurses. They need to be:
• A registered mental health nurse in Tasmania or the Australian Capital Territory
• A ‘credentialled mental health nurse’ as certified by the Australian College of Mental Health Nurses in other States or the Northern Territory. (Medicare Eligibility Criteria for Allied Health Professionals providing Medicare Services)


Qualifications

To be credentialled, mental health nurses need a specialist or post graduate mental health nursing qualification or equivalent; a minimum of three years experience as a registered nurse in mental health or 12 months experience after obtaining a specialist/post graduate qualification; recency of practice and continuing professional education and practice development in the preceding three years.


 

 

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