Mental Health Care: An Introduction for Health Professionals (Textbook)


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A text written for non-specialist mental health nursing courses and suitable for undergraduate students from nursing and other health disciplines which is supported by integrated online resources.

This is an adaptation of a Wiley Blackwell title by Harrison & Hart (editors), Mental Health Care for Nurses, designed to meet the needs of undergraduate students.  Mental Health Nursing is generally a core second year subject and may be taken by nurses, paramedics, occupational therapists and other health disciplines.  The focus is not on the ‘general hospital’, as many nurses and other health professionals in Australia will not necessarily be working in the hospital setting.  It is important to consider the role of the ‘multidisciplinary team’.


  • Integration of theory and application through use of boxed features
  • Upon Reflection – a short statement followed by 2-4 questions to encourage critical thinking
  • Big Picture – discussion of a topical issue or an article
  • In Practice – a case study relating to theory in the chapter
  • Video cases for each chapter to upload onto student web site.


Catherine Hungerford is the Convenor of the postgraduate courses in Mental Health Nursing at the University of Canberra. She also teaches mental health in the undergraduate curriculum. Catherine is an endorsed Nurse Practitioner in the field of mental health and remains clinically active. She also has wide experience in management, education and research.  Catherine has a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Queensland and other degrees, undergraduate and postgraduate, in the fields of education, communication studies and counselling. Catherine’s current research interests include Recovery in mental health.

Richard Clancy is a Clinical Nurse Consultant in Mental Health and Substance Use for Hunter New England Health and conjoint Senior Lecturer with the University of Newcastle. Richard has worked in a variety of clinical settings during his 32-year career in health, including 25 years working with people with mental health issues.

Donna Hodgson is a credentialed Mental Health Nurse who was awarded the National Mental Health Nurse of the Year in 2009 by the Australian College of Mental Health Nurses for her outstanding contribution to the educating and mentoring of undergraduate and postgraduate nurses in the field of

Tony Schumacher Jones is the Manager of the Dementia Behaviour Management Advisory Service of the ACT. He has a background in Political Science from the University of Western Australia, where his research interests included human rights and Soviet psychiatry, and a PhD in Political Philosophy from Wollongong University, where his research was on human rights and aged care mental health in Australia.  Tony is also a mental health nurse who has worked extensively in adult and older person’s acute psychiatry in Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom.