The Board

The ACMHN is fortunate to have a volunteer Board of Directors comprised of a highly committed group of people from diverse professional backgrounds. The skills of our Board Directors include medicine, health, legal, finance, community and business.


Current Board Directors


ACMHN 2017 377  President: Tom Ryan

 RN (RPN, RGON, RCpN – NZ), Credentialed MHN, FACMHN, DipAppSci, DipEdNsg (Sydney), CertAdvPsych (NSWIP), MMH (Psychotherapy) (UQ)

Thirty years of practice, education and administration primarily in adult psychiatry with a focus on psychotherapy, supervision, collaborative models of practice and identity/role formation in mental health nursing. Extensive involvement in mental health NGO sector and in education.

Currently Primary Care Liaison Officer for Townsville Hospital and Health Service. Member/chair of several local and national boards and Chair of the ACMHN Clinical Supervision Special Interest Group.



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Board Director: Mark Powell

Mark Powell started nursing as a State Enrolled Nurse in the general hospital system but quickly  developed an interest in mental health and took up one of the last of the hospital trained mental health nurse positions in 1990. He has been involved with dual diagnosis (substance use and Mental Illness) since 1998 having a strong interest in the care of people with mental illness and concurrent substance use issues. Mark worked in hospital settings but mostly community-based programs for mental health and substance use. He has had the opportunity to be involved in research projects around schizophrenia, single session family work and shared decision making. He was also part of the state-wide implementation of the Victorian Dual Diagnosis key directions and was involved in training of mental health and substance use counsellors in dual diagnosis in Victoria as part of the Victorian Dual Diagnosis education and training unit. He is passionate about the skills within motivational interviewing and delivers training in this regularly, and a keen advocate for the recognition of the broad skills possessed by mental health nurses.

Mark now works under the mental health nurse incentive program and convenes a local ACT special interest group utilising the support of the mental health professionals network. He is trained and run SMART recovery groups in our local area.



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Board Director: Pat Bradley

Pat is a Credentialed Mental Health Nurse, a Fellow of the College, and was honoured with a Life Membership in 2012. She is currently a self employed Consultant Mental Health Nurse working in Darwin, NT. Pat gained her initial RN qualification at Sturt CAE (now integrated into Flinders University) followed immediately by RPN education at Hillcrest Hospital, SA. Pat has been an active member of ACMHN since 1980 and has served as an Office Bearer in both the SA and NT Branches. She has convened and co-convened 3 International Conferences for the College, as well as local educational initiatives including the NT Winter Symposia. Pat has served as a College Councillor for NT, and in 2008 was elected to the first ACMHN Board of Directors. Pat has many years’ experience in clinical, management, policy development, and education positions in SA and the NT. She has consulted on program development, clinical and service projects, policy development and professional development with Top End MHS and NT Health Department. She has contributed to many College initiatives, including review of Standards and Scope of Practice, and the Joint Position Paper on Clinical Supervision (ACMHN, ACN, ACM). Most recently she contributed to a Delphi expert panel convened by Menzies SHR to develop national guidelines for best practice in psychosocial assessment of First Nations people presenting with selfharm and suicidal thoughts. In recent years, she has been able to integrate an academic research component into her activities and this year was awarded a doctorate from Charles Darwin University for her thesis ‘Aboriginal women’s experience of an acute inpatient mental health unit’. Pat is a member of the Clinical Supervision, Research and Indigenous SIGs. Her current major interests are Indigenous mental health, acute mental health service delivery, clinical supervision, and specialist MHN education. 



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Board Director: James Houghton

James Houghton completed all his nursing training in NZ and was originally a member of what was then the Australia New Zealand College of Mental Health Nurses (ANZCMHN). In 2005 he moved to Melbourne and started working for North Western Mental Health (NWMH) auspiced under Melbourne Health at Orygen Youth Health in Footscray. After a brief spell working for Monash Health James came back to NWMH as Clinical Nurse Educator on John Cade L1 at the Royal Melbourne Hospital in 2011.

Since 2016 he has been a Nurse/Training Consultant at the Mental Health Training and Development Unit (NWMH). For almost four years James has been the Chairperson of the Victorian Branch of the College and is a Fellow of the ACMHN. He is also an active member and committee member of the Australian Clinical Supervision Association.




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Board Director: John Hurley

John Hurley is a Professor of mental health at Southern Cross University and works clinically at Headspace Coffs Harbour as a credentialed mental health nurse. He has accumulated over 35 years’ experience as a mental health practitioner through developing and leading psychiatric crisis and home treatment services in both Australia and the United Kingdom. He has over 100 international peer reviewed journal and conference publications, is a Fellow of the Australian College of Mental Health Nursing and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.



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Board Director: Jill Reid

Jill Reid completed her Bachelor of Nursing in 1994 and followed her passion to work in the mental health sector by completing the Psychiatric Nursing Course at Wolston Park Hospital in 1997.  Jill has been able to work as a general nurse, mental health nurse, plus drug and alcohol nurse throughout Australia and in the United Kingdom during her nursing career. Jill has also worked in the TAFE sector as a nursing teacher since 1999. Jill is now employed at South West TAFE in a permanent role and teaches multiple units of the Diploma of Nursing.  Jill is a mental health first aid facilitator and has been so since 2009. Jill is currently a member of the Victorian Government Department of Health and Human Services Nursing and Midwifery Planning Advisory Group – Mental Health Nurse Sub-group, plus Chair of the ACMHN Education and Accreditation Advisory Committee.   Jill sees her role on the board as one that works towards furthering the mental health nursing profession in a positive and collegial manner.