Professor Catherine Hungerford is Head of School for the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Indigenous Health, Charles Sturt University, Australia. This School is located on multiple campuses across rural New South Wales and supports the education and professional development of some two thousand students, undergraduate and postgraduate, in nursing, midwifery and Indigenous mental health. Catherine is also a Credentialed Mental Health Nurse and endorsed Nurse Practitioner (mental health), with wide experience in the clinical, management (front-line, project, and area-wide), education (clinical and academic), research and policy-related areas of health, in a range of metropolitan, regional and rural settings. Catherine has researched and written widely on mental health Recovery, and a range of other mental health topics, including leadership, models of health care, health service evaluation, cultural issues, and workforce.
Donna Hodgson is a Registered Nurse who holds a Credential to practice with the Australian College of Mental Health Nurses. Donna is passionate about professional development activities, and ensuring a connection exists between evidence-based theory and the practice of mental health nursing. Given this, Donna has a long history of educating and mentoring undergraduate and postgraduate nurses in the field of mental health.
Since commencing work in the field of mental health in 1991 with the ACT Health Directorate, Donna has worked in numerous roles, and holds the honour of being the first nurse in Australia to be appointed as a Clozapine Co-ordinator under the First National Mental Health Plan. Additionally, Donna worked for a number of years as the Clinical Nurse Consultant in the acute adult inpatient unit, and as a Clinical Manager in the community. In recent years, Donna has enjoyed participating with like-minded colleagues on research and mental health nursing practice projects, and is the co-author of a number of papers related to mental health nursing, scope of practice, disability and educational frameworks. Donna has worked as the coordinator of mental health nursing education programs for the past 16 years. Additionally, as an academic she has taught mental health units at the University of Canberra, and maintains an adjunct position there which involves teaching and assessment of students.
Dr Richard Bostwick
Originally a nurse, Richard Bostwick trained at the University of Sheffield in the United Kingdom who emigrated to Australia in the 1990s. He is currently working at the University of Notre Dame, Australia, as a senior lecturer in the School of Nursing and Midwifery, where he teaches across undergraduate and postgraduate areas as well as supervising HDR students. He has a university career of over 9 years, previously from the health sector where he spent time in both managerial and clinical roles. These roles have included: planning and service development in the commissioning of the Fremantle headspace site (Federal Government initiative for Youth Mental Health); Operations Manager of Royal Perth Hospital (Department of Psychiatry and Community Mental Health); Manager of South Metropolitan Emergency Mental Health Services; Clinical Director State-wide Comorbidity Services (AOD and Mental Health); Clinical Manager Peel and Rockingham, Kwinana Adult Mental Health Services; and Clinical Nurse Specialist (South Metropolitan Community Mental Health Services). His clinical areas of interest lie within the treatment of clients with comorbid disorders of substance misuse and mental health, and primary mental health care. He is passionate about the mental health and wellbeing of the community, with his PhD focusing on support systems for tertiary students with psychological distress. While engaged in the university sector, Richard has rolled out a program of mental health first aid training with staff across all areas of university life, to support the wellbeing of both staff and students and increase their resilience within this community. He has been the recipient of a Vice Chancellor’s Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning and was the 2011 winner of the Western Australian nursing and Midwifery Award for Education.
Richard Clancy is the Mental Health Nursing Research Fellow with Hunter New England Health, and Conjoint Associate Professor with the University of Newcastle. He has over 35 years’ experience as a registered nurse, and has worked in a variety of mental health settings, including 20 years in the specialty of comorbid mental health and substance use. He is actively involved in research in the field, co-authoring a number of peer-reviewed publications in areas of comorbid mental health and substance use and motivational interviewing. He contributed to the development of the New South Wales Health Clinical guidelines for the care of persons with comorbid mental illness and substance use disorders in acute care settings. Richard has delivered numerous comorbidity workshops in Australia over the past 20 years, as well as a number of Australian and international conference presentations. Richard has qualifications in epidemiology and the social sciences as well as his hospital-based nursing certificates. Richard’s position as a Mental Health Nursing Research Fellow involves promoting a clinical culture in mental health informed by research and translating evidence into clinical practice.
Dr Gillian Murphy
Gillian Murphy has worked as a mental health nurse for 20 years, with experiences in forensic, in-patient, community and emergency mental health services. She has worked in both UK and Australian clinical mental health services, and is actively engaged with mental health research. Gill’s own PhD study generated parenting narratives of adults who had experienced childhood parental mental illness. Her past research studies include an international study that considered health outcomes for people diagnosed with schizophrenia; supporting people with personality disorder using a clinical network; and familial experiences of death as a result of suicide. Gill’s current research programme focuses on mental illness; loss and recovery. Gill has published in the area of mental illness in international journals, and is a peer reviewer for mental health– and nursing-related publications. She is currently a lecturer with the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Western Sydney University, enjoying her role with undergraduate students as they embark on their nursing careers. Gill is actively involved in postgraduate teaching and is currently a supervisor for higher degree research students.
Dr Gideon de Jong
Gideon de Jong defended in November 2014 his PhD thesis entitled ‘Family Group Conferencing in public mental health care: A responsive evaluation’ at the VU University Medical Center in Amsterdam. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing (Hanze University of Applied Sciences) and a Masters in Educational Sciences (University of Groningen). Over the past decade he has been working as a nurse in different psychiatric settings, combining this job with his position as a university teacher and researcher (University of Groningen, VU University Medical Center). Since February 2016, he has been appointed as a senior researcher and lecturer in mental health nursing at the Edith Cowan University in Perth, Australia. His current research interest are in family involvement and supported decision making.
Dr Irene Ngune
Irene Ngune is a Credentialed Mental Health Nurse and also works as an academic at Curtin University, Perth, Western Australia. Irene has been a practising clinician for 19 years, 9 of which have been in an acute mental health setting. In addition to her teaching and clinical role, Irene has worked in a research and program management capacity, both at national and international levels. Notably, she has worked as a Research Fellow with the National Drug Research Institute and US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Her main research focus has been follow-up and transition of patient care from hospital to primary care, including general practice. Irene is passionate about partnerships in care — patient and family involvement — to prevent re-admission of patients who can safely be managed in primary care.