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Making Links, Building Bridges and Paving Roads into the Future
Monday 7 October 2019
Sheraton Grand Sydney Hyde Park, Sydney, NSW
No pre-conference workshops will be offered in 2019.

Mental Health Nurses working in general hospital settings, with non-mental health services and in perinatal and infant mental health are advanced practice nurses who are continually exploring the unique contribution we make to health care. We need to think on our feet and may only have brief contact with the people who utilise our services. We work with other health professionals to provide comprehensive health care to people across the life span who often have multiple bio-psycho-social health issues. We make links with a range of health professionals and we are always trying to role model good mental health care.

Our theme for this conference incorporates sharing our understanding of the range of interventions we provide for consumers be they brief or over a longer period.

How do we make link the body of mental health knowledge and apply this to the different settings in which we work?
How do we build bridges with our non-mental health colleagues to promote mental health care and understanding?
How do we pave the roads for the future of these advanced practice mental health nursing roles?
This conference is supportive for first time presenters and relevant to all staff who provide mental health care and liaison to people in hospitals including consultation liaison psychiatry, emergency mental health staff, and addiction medicine nurses.


We are calling on mental health nurses working in CL and PIMH to submit abstracts for the Consultation Liaison & Perinatal and Infant Mental Health Special Interest Groups Conference in Brisbane in June, 2018. If you work in such a role, consider aspects of your nursing practice and research that are worthy of further discussion, articulation and/or debate.

If you are a first time presenter, this conference is a supportive forum. If you would like assistance let us know - we can support you and have a buddy there to help you on the day or to help you write your abstract and presentation.


To submit an abstract please complete the Abstract Submission Form located below.
The form should be sent within the form or as an attachment in Microsoft Word only. Abstracts that are not submitted in Microsoft Word will not be considered.

Please submit your abstract via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by the closing date.
If you submit an abstract for consideration, at least one presenter must register and pay for the Conference.

Download Call for Abstracts Flyer.

ABSTRACTS CLOSE: Monday 29 April 2019

The Perinatal & Infant Mental Health LibGuide

This guide is a great first stop when looking for information and resources regarding perinatal and infant mental health. Check it out at:


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An email network for nurses & midwives interested in perinatal/infant mental health

During the Australian College of Mental Health Nurses (ACMHN) 37th International Mental Health Nursing Conference (October 4th - 7th 2011), it was announced that the ACMHN would host the Perinatal & Infant Mental Health Nurse eNetwork.

The Perinatal & Infant Mental Health Nurse eNetwork aims to link peers for an exchange of information, support and ideas. Given the nature of this sub-speciality, Nurses working in this field don’t always have regular contact with peers who share perinatal & infant mental health experiences and interests. Although initiated by Perinatal Mental Health Nurses, other health professionals working closely with pregnant women, new mothers and their families are also invited to join. We recognise and value the partnerships we have with Midwives, Maternal, Child & Family Health Nurses, Indigenous Health Workers and other health professionals; we warmly welcome your contributions to the eNetwork.

The Perinatal & Infant Mental Health Nurse eNetwork is not moderated (ie: uncensored), but nuisance posts (abusive, racist, sexist, inappropriate advertising etc) will not be tolerated. As with other professional email networks and common netiquette, we expect the tone of the eNetwork to be casual, generous and supportive.

Does this sound of interest/assistance to your work? If so, please join our eNetwork & join our conversation by going to



ACMHN Perinatal Mental Health online CPD program

This is a 3 module continuing professional development program which is open to Australian College of Mental Health Nurses members (free) and non-member nurses and midwives ($33 including GST).

It has been designed to provide an overview of the main mental health issues surrounding the perinatal period and to introduce the concept of non-directive counselling as it pertains to this important stage of a woman's life.

Credentialed mental health nurses who undertake this program and who are registered with Medicare as having a provider number, will be eligible to provide up to 3 sessions of non-directive pregnancy counselling to clients referred by a GP under MBS Item Number 81010.

midplus_logo_175 This program is endorsed by the Australian College of Midwives and has been allocated 3 MidPLUS Points for Midwives who complete the program. The ACMHN will provide the ACM with a list of midwives who have successfully completed the program on a monthly basis.

The program takes a minimum of 3 hours, depending on how many of the links you choose to follow up on (3 CPD points allocated). Once you have completed the assessment quiz at the end of Module 3, you will be eligible for a Certificate of Participation which will be emailed to you within 14 days of completion. Click here to go to our CPD Perinatal eLearning page



Credentialed Mental Health Nurses with Perinatal MH Medicare certification

The Australian College of Mental Health Nurses provides the following information to women seeking non-directive pregnancy counselling. The following ACMHN members are Credentialed Mental Health Nurses who have undertaken the ACMHN Perinatal Mental Health online training program (previously called the Non-Directive Pregnancy Program) and who are registered with Medicare to provide services to women under Medicare Item Number 81010.

Under this item number, on referral from a GP, women can claim 3 sessions with a credentialed mental health nurses at a rebate of $57.50 per session.

For a list of Credentialed MHNs who have registered their services with us, please click here.