Pat_DUDGEONProfessor Pat Dudgeon – Mental Health Commissioner

Professor Pat Dudgeon is from the Bardi people of the Kimberley in Western Australia. She was the first Aboriginal psychologist to graduate in Australia and has made outstanding contributions to Indigenous psychology and higher education.

She was the Head of the Centre for Aboriginal Studies at Curtin University, for some 19 years, leading the field in providing culturally appropriate education.

As well as leadership in Indigenous higher education, she has also had significant involvement in psychology and Indigenous issues for many years. She has undertaken much work and many publications in this area and is considered one of the ‘founding’ people in Indigenous people and Australian psychology. She is involved in many organisations and of note; she was inaugural Chair of the Australian Indigenous Psychologist’s Association.

She is actively involved with the Aboriginal community, having an ongoing commitment to social justice for Indigenous people. Pat has participated in numerous state and national committees, councils, task groups and community service activities. Of significance; she was a member of the Parole Board of Western Australia for several years. Pat Dudgeon has always worked in ways that empower and develop other Indigenous people.

Pastor Keith Carmody – WA Police Chaplain

Police Chaplans Keith Carmody 006low resKeith Carmody is one of two full-time chaplains with the Western Australia Police and has over 31 years of pastoral experience. In the 15 years of service with WA Police he has attended numerous critical incidents and tragic events requiring his experience and expertise. Keith also has a strong interest with Aboriginal youth and is currently working on a project that is developing an Indigenous placement program and partnership between the AFL and the WA Police. Please stay tuned for a keynote abstract…

Lt Col Cate McGregor – Author, journalist, thinker and political strategist

Cate McGregor

Catherine McGregor is a graduate of the Royal Military College Duntroon, which she entered in 1974 as male named Malcolm McGregor. After graduation she filled a number of regimental appointments as an infantry officer. She commanded a rifle platoon and the Machine Gun Platoon in the 8th/9th Battalion the Royal Australian Regiment and served as an instructor at the Jungle Training Centre Canungra. She commanded the Australian Army Training Team in East Timor and served as the political adviser and translator for the Commander of Australian Forces in East Timor in 2006. She is a Tetum linguist. She has filled staff appointments as the Deputy Director of Strategy at Army Headquarters, and has been the speech writer to the Chiefs of the Army since 2001. She was the Director of the Land Warfare Studies Centre in Canberra, in which capacity she was the editor in chief of the Australian Army Journal and the LWSC Strategy monograph series.

For a number of years Cate was a civilian during which time she worked in politics and the media. She was the Chief of Staff to the Honourable Bob Carr Leader of the News South Wales Opposition and later Premier. She also served as a speech-writer to The Honourable Kim Beazley, the former Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister of Australia. She wrote a weekly column in the Australian Financial Review and The Australian newspapers. In addition she was a regular expert commentator on Australian politics on all major television and radio networks, as well as covering Australian politics for the BBC, CNN and CNBC Asia. She was the Radio National Essayist of the Air in 1998 and was a permanent panel member on two national television programmes- The Last Shout on the Ten Network and Insiders on ABC television.  In 2008 she was a Visiting Fellow at the Leverhulme Programme on the Changing Character of War at Oxford. She holds Bachelors and Masters Degrees with Honours from the University of New South Wales.

Cate is a published author. Her works were published under her previous name. She commenced gender transition in June 2012 and since the 8th of July 2012 has been known as Catherine (Cate) McGregor. In 1985 she published a biography of Paul McLean and in 2012 she released Indian Summer-Reflections on Australia’s Summer Game. She was Awarded the Order of Australia in the Military Division for exceptional service to the Australian Army on Australia Day 2012.

Professor Dawn Freshwater – Professor of Mental Health & Pro-Vice Chancellor University of Leeds


Dawn Freshwater is Professor of Mental Health and Pro-Vice Chancellor for Staff and Organisational Effectiveness at the University of Leeds. She is the elected representative for Nursing in England on the Council of Deans for Nursing and Midwifery and Trustee of the Florence Nightingale Foundation.

As a fellow of the Royal College of Nursing and a health professional and academic of some 30 years experience, she has developed a portfolio of research that spans issues of workforce strategy and practice development, leadership in organisational effectiveness and change. Her mental health expertise means that she is currently leading on a number of research grants totalling £2,350M in grant income, related to offender health and psychological therapies, has supervised 15 PhD students to completion, has 15 text books and over 50 academic papers in press.  She is the Editor of the Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health nursing and has recently been appointed to the Journal of Mixed Methods Research. Professor Freshwater has been recognised as a Fellow of the Royal College of Nursing for her contribution to Nursing.

Eimear Muir-CochraneProfessor Eimear Muir-Cochrane – Chair of Nursing (Mental Health) Flinders University

Eimear Muir-Cochrane is Chair of Nursing (Mental Health) at Flinders University with adjunct professorial positions at City University London and the University of South Australia and a Fellow of ACMHN. Eimear is the Chair of Academic Senate at Flinders University (a nomination of the Vice Chancellor) and an expert member on the Registered Nurse Accreditation Committee for ANMAC and the Mental Health Professional Online Development national project. As a clinician and academic Eimear has been involved in teaching and research since 1983 with her first publication in the Nursing Mirror (UK) in 1984 about the nurse as a change agent. Her career has focussed on investigating nursing practice in relation to working with people with mental health problems, in acute and community settings and across the life span. Eimear has 10 completed PhD students, examined 14 theses, published over 70 refereed journal articles and attracted over $1million dollars in research income to date and several state and national research and teaching awards. In particular, her research about seclusion and restraint has facilitated policy change regarding nursing practice and increased focus on the nature of the experience of being in a psychiatric ward. Educational interests have seen the development of teaching materials in virtual reality in blended learning environments, the second edition publication of Mosby’s Pocket Book of Mental Health (2014) and the development of an interactive app in mental health (2014). Eimear is also currently writing a pilot MOOC as part of a University initiative.

Frances_Hughes5Dr Frances Hughes – Chief Nursing & Midwifery Officer QHealth

Dr Frances Hughes commenced in the role of Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer for the Queensland Department of Health in March 2012. Frances has extensive knowledge and networks in relation to health policy particularly in the field of nursing and mental health, research, and global health issues.

For 8 years, Frances held the position as the Chief Nurse for New Zealand and during this time played a major leadership role in nursing. Frances was instrumental in the development of government policy around nurse prescribing, primary health care, health line and rural schemes, mental health and nurse practitioners.

Frances was the first nurse to be awarded the Harkness Fellowship in Health Care Policy from the Commonwealth Fund in New York. She spent a year in 2001 studying at the centre for hospital and patient outcomes, University of Pennsylvania with Professor Linda Aitken. During this time she was involved in research relating to nurse practitioners, costing nursing turnover and the effects of nursing on patient outcomes. In 2004 Frances was appointed as the first Professor of Nursing at Auckland University, Chair of Mental Health Nursing and established the centre for mental health policy, research and service development. From 2005 through to 2011 Frances worked for World Health Organisation (WHO) as the Facilitator for the Pacific Island Mental Health Network (PIMHNet). During this time she worked with 16 governments, supporting them to develop policy and plans to improve mental health. Frances also established her own consultancy firm and worked for Non-Government Organisations (NGOs) in the areas of disability and mental health. She held part time position as Executive Officer in a national disability group and established an NGO providing community residential support to those with complex mental illness. Prior to commencing with the Department of Health, she was the Acting Deputy Director of Mental Health for New Zealand.

Frances is an established scholar and has extensive publication record, publishing her first book in 2007 “Have your Say – how to influence public policy”. Her scholarship and research interests are Mental Health, Health Policy and Nursing. Dr Frances Hughes has a BA, MA and Doctorate in Nursing and was awarded the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2005 for her Services to Mental Health. In 2011, Frances received a Fulbright Senior Scholarship followed by a Distinguished Alumni Service Award from Massey University in New Zealand in 2013.


DawnFreshwaterMasterclass 1: Clinical Supervision and Resistance - Dawn Freshwater

Monday 21st October 2013 8am-11am

This Clinical Supervision Masterclass will focus on working with resistance. Case studies will be used to illustrate examples of working with resistance to change and participants should come prepared with their own reflections and willingness to work with experiences to illuminate imaginative solutions and break throughs.

Eimear Muir-Cochrane

Masterclass 2: How to conduct great interviews and focus groups for qualitative research - Eimear Muir-Cochrane

Monday 21st October 2013 8am-11am

This masterclass will explore the pitfalls and enablers of undertaking qualitative interviews and focus groups. The first part of the workshop will explore the principles of organising interviews, writing good questions and effective interviewing techniques. An overview of data analysis techniques will also be provided. The second half of the workshop will be very hands on with participants working with real cases from completed research as well as examples of interview transcripts to establish research skills and confidence.

GLCSMasterclass 3: Opening Closets – Sandra Norman

Monday 21st October 2013 12:30-3:30pm

Gay and Lesbian Community Services of WA (GLCS) are pleased to host a workshop aimed at sharing information and developing skills around working with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans* and Intersex (LGBTI) populations. The workshop will focus on raising awareness of the specific needs of LGBTI mental health consumers and developing worker capacity to appropriately respond to clients while promoting inclusive practice. The masterclass will:

  • develop understanding of the mental health impacts of homophobia and isolation for LGBTI people
  • outline ‘best practice’ standards for improving inclusive mental health service provision
  • explore the key concepts and models for understanding diverse sexualities, sex and gender

GLCS will also provide resources and can offer follow up support for organisations and staff to develop inclusive policies and practices that best respond to the needs of LGBTI people through policy coaching for mental health services.

Workshop 1: Psychosocial Interventions – Nikki Perry and Deborah Nelson Monday 21st October 2013 Part A: 8am-11am Part B: 12:30-3:30pm

Debbie_NelsonMH SLU Pics 226This workshop will explore some of the principles of Psychosocial Interventions (PSI). It will focus on meaningful engagement and therapeutic optimism, looking at how consumers may gain empowerment and responsibility, reinforcing the possibility of ‘whole’ recovery.

Participants will have the opportunity to put into practice some effective PSI concepts and techniques, facilitating clients in recognising their strengths, coping mechanisms and utilisation of appropriate strategies.

Frank discussion will take place regarding staffs attitudes towards consumers as a result of skill acquisition, in terms of trust, involvement and collaboration.

Workshop 2: Engaging with Social Media – Clare Butterfield and Paul McNamara Monday 21st October 2013 12:30-2:30pm

ClareBBioPicColourSocial media allows Collaboration and Partnerships in Mental Health Nursing to transcend time and place: time through collaborative, asynchronous communication; place by being connected to the world’s online clinical communities. This hands-on workshop aims to act as a launching-pad for those who want to turbo-charge the conference theme.

The workshop will be in two parts: The first, briefest part, will introduce four examples of professional use of social media, using Twitter as the primary example. This part of the workshop intends to show participants the value of engaging with social media.

The emphasis will be the second part of the workshop. This will be a hands-on session that will assist participants gain confidence in using Twitter. This part of the workshop intends to equip participants with skills in engaging with social media in a professional capacity. Wifi will be available. Participants are asked to bring: -

  • a mobile internet device (eg: smartphone, tablet or laptop computer);
  • knowledge (ie: the relevant passwords) on how to download apps onto your mobile device;
  • for those who already have an established Twitter account, the knowledge (ie: the relevant passwords) on how to access it;
  • a spirit of curiosity and fun!

To reinforce the learning acquired in the workshop, follow-up “skill checks” will be scheduled during conference breaks on Tuesday and Wednesday. Please come along – the workshop facilitators expect it to be a dynamic, fun, enlightening masterclass in engaging with social media.



Monday 21st October, 2013, 4:00pm-5:15pm followed by the Welcome Reception until 6:45pm

The Oration and Investiture ceremony celebrates mental health nursing. It is a key professional and annual event for the College – where we invest Life Members, Fellows and new members to the organisation and to share their celebration in belonging to Australia’s peak professional mental health nursing organisation. The Mental Health Nurse of the Year and the Mental Health Nurse Achievement awards are also be awarded at this important formal official college event.

College President Wendy Cross

College President
Prof Wendy Cross

The 2013 Oration will be delivered by College President Professor Wendy Cross. Stay tuned for an abstract of this important speech.

All delegates are invited to attend the Oration and Investiture ceremony followed by the Welcome Reception, and these form part of a full registration. Please ensure you indicate on your Registration that you will be attending both events.


Abstract Booklet 2013

All accepted abstracts are published in a special edition of the International Journal of Mental Health Nursing.  The abstracts for the 2013 Conference Program are available for download from:

acmhn abstracts