Mental health research project.
Subject: Medical societies (Planning)
Psychiatric nursing (Research)
Medical research (Planning)
Medicine, Experimental (Planning)
Pub Date: 02/01/2009
Publication: Name: Kai Tiaki: Nursing New Zealand Publisher: New Zealand Nurses' Organisation Audience: Trade Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Health; Health care industry Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2009 New Zealand Nurses' Organisation ISSN: 1173-2032
Issue: Date: Feb, 2009 Source Volume: 15 Source Issue: 1
Topic: Event Code: 220 Strategy & planning; 310 Science & research Computer Subject: Company business planning
Product: Product Code: 8622000 Medical Associations; 8000200 Medical Research; 9105220 Health Research Programs; 8000240 Epilepsy & Muscle Disease R&D NAICS Code: 81392 Professional Organizations; 54171 Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences; 92312 Administration of Public Health Programs SIC Code: 8621 Professional organizations; 8730 Research and Testing Services
Organization: Organization: New Zealand Nurses Organisation
Geographic: Geographic Scope: New Zealand Geographic Code: 8NEWZ New Zealand
Accession Number: 194904202

Members of NZNO's mental health nurses' section national committee are developing a research project to investigate the state of primary mental health care and the training of primary mental health nurses.

According to section chair Jennie Rae, primary mental health nursing is in its infancy in New Zealand, with no national practice standards, no identified career pathway or education packages, major variations in service delivery and minimal support for nurses. Unsurprisingly, many experience high levels of burnout.

The aim of the research project, for which funding is currently being sought, will be to gain a national perspective on service delivery, nurses' experience and their levels of support. It will also identify international experience in service delivery models, innovations in primary mental health care, and training and support. The research data will be used to develop frameworks in New Zealand, in conjunction with identified stakeholders. Literature searches and a national survey will be conducted, along with fact finding visits to both rural and metropolitan areas in Britain, Australia and New Zealand.

It is hoped initial findings will be presented at national conference in Christchurch at the end of October. The overall aim is to develop a national practice standard sometime next year.

At its first meeting for the year at NZNO's national office in Wellington at the end of last month, the committee welcomed newly seconded member, Kathryn Brankin from Canterbury, who was brought up to speed with the section's workload for the year. The committee updated its strategic plan, which will be on the NZNO website (, and continued planning the national conference, to be called Uniting in Diversity. This will feature the topics of dual diagnosis and hearing voices. A call for abstracts is now open.

All mental health section members are encouraged to consider putting themselves forward for the new section committee, to be elected at the conference AGM.
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