College Profile


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About the College

The Australian College of Mental Health Nurses (ACMHN) is the peak professional mental health nursing organisation and the recognised credentialing body for mental health nurses in Australia.

It seeks to represent the profession at all levels of government and across all health service sectors. In addition, the ACMHN sets standards for practice, supports mental health nursing research and provides a forum for collegial support, networking and ongoing professional development for its members. Importantly, the ACMHN also works to promote public confidence in and professional recognition of mental health nursing.



Setting the Standard through the pursuit of excellence in Mental Health Nursing


Vision Statement

The Australian College of Mental Health Nurses is the pre-eminent and authoritative voice of the mental health nursing profession in Australia. It provides leadership to, and advocacy for, mental health issues across the mental health sector and nursing, and sets national standards of practice in mental health nursing.


Value Statement

Read the College's Value Statement



Read the Governance Charter



Read the Consitution



Read the By-laws


Strategic Plan

Download the Strategic Plan for 2016 - 2019

Download the Strategic Plan for 2013 - 2015


Philosophy of the ACMHN

The Australian College of Mental Health Nurses Inc. believes that mental health nursing is a unique interpersonal process, which promotes and maintains behaviours that contribute to integrated functioning for individuals and communities.

Mental health nursing is therapeutic in itself in the caring, honest and trusting relationship it conveys. Mental health nursing embodies the concept of caring by supporting clients who are unable to maintain mental, social or physical health functions for themselves and empowers the client to take an active role in self-advocacy and self-care.

Caring extends to self and peers, as an active factor in promoting mental health.


Objectives of the ACMHN

The Objectives of the Australian College of Mental Health Nurses are to:

  • Enhance the mental health of the community through the pursuit of efforts to improve service and care delivery to those affected by mental illness and disorder and to promote the prevention of mental illness and disorder particularly through the profession of mental health nursing
  • Provide professional leadership and authority as the peak body for mental health nurses in Australia;
  • Provide continuing professional education and practice development in mental health nursing;
  • Ensure mental health nursing issues and matters remain a focal point on all agendas in mental health discussions and forums at local, state and national levels;
  • Set national standards of practice and promote best practice in mental health Nursing
  • Provide strategic leadership to influence legislative, statutory and funding bodies and key stakeholders in order to promote the practice and image of mental health nursing as a profession
  • Build and maintain membership, professional capacity and infrastructure
  • Maintain position as a non-industrial and non-sectarian organisation that is not aligned with any political party.
  • Promote public confidence and professional recognition of the services provided by mental health nurses.
  • Encourage professional accountability, autonomy and partnership of mental health nurses.
  • Provide a forum for collegial support, networking and collaboration amongst mental health nurses.
  • Facilitate and disseminate research and continuing practice development in mental health nursing and health care delivery.
  • Represent the profession and provide advice to consumer and carer agencies, government and non-government sectors, community groups and the general public.
  • Participate in policy development concerning the profession of mental health nursing, mental health workforce, health care delivery, promotion of mental health, and prevention of mental illness and disability.