General Award



The General Award is presented for the best paper presented reporting on management/administration/policy issues, project work, Masters, PhD or other research that does not meet the criteria for the Research Award and the Stan Alchin Award.

Abstracts being considered for the General Award include:

  • Abstract
  • Title
  • Author(s) Surname, Initial. Organisational Affiliation.
  • Introduction and background
  • Aims/objectives
  • Description of the work
  • Outcomes/significance/implications for policy and practice change
  • Implications for mental health nursing
  • Identify 2-3 learning objectives significant to paper/poster/workshop


Presentations eligible for the General Award are assessed against the following criteria:

  1. Introduction and background including aims and objectives
  2. Description and scope of the work
  3. Outcomes and significance to mental health nursing and/or consumers and family/community
  4. Contributions to new knowledge/ Implications for clinical and/or policy are clear and explicit
  5. Presentation, audience engagement and discussion


Previous Winners

2014 winner

Sandra Hyde
Project-based learning in a Bachelor of Nursing unit: a pilot study


2015 winner

Julie Blackburn


2016 Winner

Robert Trett and Stephen Elsom
Recovering a Lost Art, teaching psychotherapeutic skills to practicing mental health nurses


2017 Winner

Matthew Ball
Facilitating a trauma informed and recovery orientated approach to psychosis - challenges and rewards


2018 Winner

Christine Cummins
The Challenges of caring: Ethical Dilemmas in Health Care


2018 Winner

Julie Bradshaw
Integrating care: What asylum history can tell us