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Ms Fiona Little is an Academic Mental Health Nurse at the University of Newcastle, Department of Rural Health where she has been employed since 2007. She is a Credentialed Mental Health Nurse with the Australian College of Mental Health Nursing and has 26 years’ experience in mental health nursing. Ms Little graduated in 1988 from the Armidale College of Advanced Education and worked initially in the acute mental health setting. Her experience includes the establishment of a nurse-led consultation liaison mental health nursing service from 2001-2007 to Emergency Department, Intensive Care and general wards of Tamworth Rural Referral Hospital. Ms Little worked in this role as a Clinical Nurse Consultant with the role developing into a Transitional Nurse Practitioner position. Ms Little was appointed as an Accredited Person from 2003-2007 by the NSW Health Department pursuant to the Mental Health Act 1990 (NSW).

Since 2007, Ms Little has worked in an academic role in University Department of Rural Health Mental Health Academic program. The MHA program focuses on four key performance domains including (1) improving access to mental health services (2) improving the ability for health professionals to recognise and manage mental health issues (3) enhancing community awareness (4) providing opportunity for mentoring and supervision of undergraduate and postgraduate students.

Ms Little completed her Masters of Nursing (Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in 2008.Her research interests include workforce development, promoting the role of the mental health nursing profession in rural practice, developing and evaluating service delivery models in primary health care and incorporating inter professional learning into clinical practice.


  • Master of Nursing (Mental Hlth-Nurse Practitioner), University of Western Sydney, 24/04/2008
  • Graduate Diploma in Nursing (Mental Health), University of Western Sydney, 21/04/2009
  • Diploma in Health Science (Nursing), Armidale College of Advanced Education, 18/03/1989


Research keywords

  • Interprofessional models of care in rural health
  • Mental health nursing professional development
  • Perinatal mental health

Research expertise

Rural mental health workforce development, Interprofessional learning and service models, Perinatal mental health


  • English

Fields of Research

111005Mental Health Nursing80
111717Primary Health Care20



2011HNEH Quality Award Finalist
Hunter New England Health (Australia)
2011NSW Premier's Award Finalist
NSW Health (Australia)
Award finalist


Administrative expertise

Australian Rural Health Education Network-Mental Health Academic Network Chair-2007-2013


Teaching keywords

  • Clinical supervision
  • Mental Health
  • Perinatal mental health

Teaching expertise

Consultation Liaison mental health in rural practice, Therapeutic nursing interventions, Risk management, Clinical Supervision, Perinatal mental health



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Chapter (2 outputs)

2014Little FH, Brown L, Grotowski M, Harris D, 'Interprofessional Relationships in Healthcare Practice', Health Practice Relationships, Sense Publishers, Rotterdam, The Netherlands 143-152 (2014) [B2]
2010Brown LJ, Little FH, 'Nourishing networks: Using information technology and mentoring to promote interdisciplinary education and training in rural areas', A Bright Future For Rural Health: Evidence-Based Policy And Practice In Rural And Remote Australian Health Care, Australian Rural Health Education Network, Canberra, ACT 82-84 (2010) [B2]

Co-authors: LEANNE BROWN

Journal article (2 outputs)

2014Little FH, Galloway A, 'Early years outreach clinic defeating barriers to perinatal mental health care in rural Australia', Australian Nursing and Midwifery Journal, 21 51-51 (2014) [E3]
2012Little FH, Brown LJ, Grotowski M, Harris D, 'Nourishing networks: An interprofessional learning model and its application to the Australian rural health workforce', Rural and Remote Health, 12 1-7 (2012) [C1]

Co-authors: LEANNE BROWN

Conference (22 outputs)

2014Little FH, Galloway A, 'The Early Years Outreach Clinic: Demonstrating leadership and collaboration for perinatal mental health nursing in primary health', International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, Melbourne (2014) [E3]
2013Roufeil L, Little FH, 'Promoting best practice in the provision of rural mental health student placements', Proceedings of the 12th National Rural Health Conference, Adelaide (2013) [E2]
2013Schlicht K, Little FH, 'Preparing the psychology profession to work in rural and remote communities - are we doing enough?', Handbook of the 5th Australian Rural & Remote Mental Health Symposium, Geelong, VIC (2013) [E3]
2013Little FH, Peterson K, Finn A, 'Innovation: Working in partnership to provide perinatal mental health treatment and support to families in rural communities', N/A, Brisbane (2013)
2012Hawkins R, Little FH, Olds K, 'The Supervision Training Project', 4th Australian Rural & Remote Mental Health Symposium. Conference Proceedings 2012, Adelaide, SA (2012) [E2]
2012Little FH, Mills J, Sutton K, 'Putting people first: Shaping the future of rural mental health clinical placements across Australia', 4th Rural and Remote Mental Health Symposium, Adelaide, SA (2012) [E3]
2011Little F, 'Disengagement from care: A pilot study determining client trends for leaving treatment in a rural primary mental health care practice', N/A, Ballarat (2011)
2011Galloway A, Little F, '. Early Years Outreach Clinic: A perinatal model of care demonstrating collaboration and partnership in a primary mental health care service.', N/A, Ballarat (2011)
2011Little FH, 'Advanced practice in primary health care- Mental health nursing from the perspective of a specialist rural perinatal clinic', N/A, Gold Coast (2011)
2010Harris D, Brown LJ, Little FH, Pryor D, Grotowski M, 'Nourishing networks: An innovative program for rural health professionals working with eating disorder clients', Nutrition & Dietetics, Melbourne, Australia (2010) [E3]

Co-authors: LEANNE BROWN

2010Galloway A, Little FH, 'Life Solutions North West: Promoting a creative model of rural primary mental health practice through interprofessional learning and competency development', All Together Better Health 5 Conference. Program, Sydney, NSW (2010) [E3]
2010Little FH, 'Growing your own mental health workforce - The development and implementation of a unique Primary Mental Health Internship Program', 2nd Australian Rural and Remote Mental Health Symposium: 'Winds Of Change' - New Perspectives on Rural and Remote Mental Health. Program, Sydney, NSW (2010) [E3]
2010Little FH, Brown LJ, Pryor D, Harris D, Grotowski M, 'Nourishing Networks: Innovation in interprofessional learning for rural clinicians working with eating disorder clients', All Together Better Health 5 Conference. Program, Sydney, NSW (2010) [E3]

Co-authors: LEANNE BROWN

2010Brown LJ, Harris D, Little FH, Grotowski M, 'Challenges of delivering an inter-professional education program for rural clinicians working with eating disorder clients', National SARRAH Conference 2010 Conference. Program, Broome, WA (2010) [E3]

Co-authors: LEANNE BROWN

2010Little FH, 'Mummy Matters: A rural perinatal depression support group', N/A, Sydney (2010)
2009Little FH, Brown LJ, Pryor D, Harris D, Grotowski M, 'Nourishing networks: Utilising information technology and mentoring to promote education and training in rural areas', NSW Rural Allied Health Conference 2009: Program Book, Tamworth, NSW (2009) [E3]

Co-authors: LEANNE BROWN

2009Harris D, Grotowski M, Brown LJ, Little FH, Pryor D, 'Nourishing networks: Learning and development program', 7th Annual Conference of the Australian and New Zealand Academy for Eating Disorders: Programme and Abstracts, Brisbane, QLD (2009) [E3]

Co-authors: LEANNE BROWN

2009Crisp S, Little FH, 'Rural psychologists' perceptions of changes to Australian psychology accreditation', 2009 General Practice and Primary Health Care Research Conference: Abstracts and Presentations, Adelaide, SA (2009) [E3]
2009Little FH, Adhami S, Selleck S, Cooper R, 'Life Solutions North West: Demonstrating an inter-professional model for rural primary mental health clinicians', N/A, Tamworth (2009)
2008Little FH, 'Old problems, new models: Developing a sustainable workforce through diversity and partnerships', 18th Annual TheMHS Conference: Book of Abstracts, Auckland, NZ (2008) [E3]
2008Pryor D, Little FH, 'An integrated community model of rural and remote mental health service delivery', NSW Rural and Remote Health Conference 2008: Conference Program, Coffs Harbour, NSW (2008) [E3]
2008Little FH, 'Differences and divergence: A review of clinical outcomes from a rural based community mental health service', 14th Annual Hunter Mental Health Conference: Conference Program, Newcastle, NSW (2008) [E3]
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Grants and Funding


Number of grants2
Total funding$1,974

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2015 (1 grants)

8th Primary Mental Health Care Conference, Canberra Australia, 13-14 March 2015$750
Funding Body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine

Project Team
Ms Fiona Little
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish

2013 (1 grants)

5th Rural and Remote Mental Health Symposium, Geelong Australia, 14-15 October 2013$1,224
Funding Body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine

Project Team
Ms Fiona Little
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish

Research Supervision

Number of current supervisions0

No Supervisions.


Ms Fiona Little

Work Phone(02) 67553523
Fax(02) 67612355
PositionAcademic Team Leader
University of Newcastle Department of Rural Health
Faculty of Health and Medicine
The University of Newcastle, Australia
Focus AreaNursing
Tamworth Education Centre,