|I am a mental health nurse
presently employed as a lecturer at Southern Cross University. I
completed my doctorate with James Cook University (Australia) whilst
working at Dublin City University (Ireland) from 2007-2011. My recent posts were in Townsville (Australia) where
I was a team leader for a homelessness outreach team, clinical nurse consultant on a community team and
a mobile intensive treatment team, and for a year was a researcher/project officer.
Whilst in Townsville I completed a post graduate diploma in
psychotherapy with the University of Queensland. Prior to this I worked as a senior lecturer at the
Eastern Institute of Technology in Hawke's Bay, New Zealand and completed
undergraduate and an honors degrees at Massey University.
My clinical experience, research and teaching has largely been in the field of psychiatric and mental health nursing
although more recently I've been working with the homeless sector. I have worked in a large rural
(and infamous) psychiatric hospital (all areas) in New Zealand, regional in-patient units and a day hospital. I have taught and co-ordinated papers at both under-graduate and post-graduate / registration level. Teaching areas have included clinical mental health nursing,
psychotherapy, research, ethics, sociology, clinical teaching and pharmacology. Current research interests include
suicide, migrant mental health (not surprising given my serial migration) and recovery
(also not surprising given my penchant for various excesses). My
original training in nursing was undertaken at Wellington Polytechnic. I
am privileged to have many fantastic people as my teachers, friends and
I have a commitment to developing the
conditions necessary to promote mental health / wellbeing and to
I regularly contribute to e-mail
discussion about professional issues. Click here to search the archives of the international psychiatric nursing list.