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Ms Fiona Little

Academic Team Leader

University of Newcastle Department of Rural Health (Nursing)

Career Summary

Biography

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.

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

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

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



Qualifications

  • Master of Nursing (Mental Hlth-Nurse Practitioner), University of Western Sydney
  • Diploma in Health Science (Nursing), Armidale College of Advanced Education
  • Graduate Diploma in Nursing (Mental Health), University of Western Sydney

Keywords

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

Fields of Research

CodeDescriptionPercentage
111005Mental Health Nursing80
111717Primary Health Care20

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

DatesTitleOrganisation / Department
1/07/2015 - 31/12/2015Academic Team LeaderUniversity of Newcastle
University of Newcastle Department of Rural Health
Australia

Academic appointment

DatesTitleOrganisation / Department
1/09/2001 - 1/07/2007Clinical Nurse Consultant-Mental Health Consultation LiaisonHunter New England Local Health District

Professional appointment

DatesTitleOrganisation / Department
1/07/2007 - 1/10/2007Transitional Nurse Practitioner Mental HealthHunter New England Local Health District

Awards

Recognition

YearAward
2011NSW Premier's Award Finalist
NSW Health
2011HNEH Quality Award Finalist
Hunter New England Health
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Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.


Chapter (3 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2014Little FH, Brown L, Grotowski M, Harris D, 'Interprofessional Relationships in Healthcare Practice', Health Practice Relationships, Sense Publishers, Rotterdam, The Netherlands 143-152 (2014) [B1]
Co-authorsLeanne Brown
2014Little FH, Brown L, Grotowski M, Harris D, 'Interprofessional Relationships in Healthcare Practice', Health Practice Relationships, Sense Publishers, Rotterdam, The Netherlands 143-152 (2014) [B1]
Co-authorsLeanne Brown
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-authorsLeanne Brown

Journal article (2 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
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-authorsLeanne Brown

Conference (22 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
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]
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]
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]
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]
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)
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)
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]
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, 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-authorsLeanne 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-authorsLeanne Brown
2010Little FH, 'Mummy Matters: A rural perinatal depression support group', N/A, Sydney (2010)
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-authorsLeanne 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]
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-authorsLeanne Brown
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-authorsLeanne Brown
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, '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]
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]
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants4
Total funding$42,762

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20153 grants / $41,538

Scoping novel rural mental health clinical placements for undergraduate nursing and social work students in northern NSW$20,394

Funding body: Mid North Coast Local Health District

Funding bodyMid North Coast Local Health District
Project TeamMs Fiona Little, Professor Tony O'Brien, Professor Mel Gray, Dr Rhonda Wilson, Mr Graeme Kershaw
SchemeHunter and Coast ICTN Research and Quality Improvement Small Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2015
Funding Finish2015
GNoG1500768
Type Of FundingOther Public Sector - Commonwealth
Category2OPC
UONY

Scoping novel rural mental health clinical placements for undergraduate nursing and social work students in northern NSW$20,394

Funding body: HETI (Health Education and Training Institute)

Funding bodyHETI (Health Education and Training Institute)
Project TeamMs Fiona Little, Professor Tony O'Brien, Professor Mel Gray, Dr Rhonda Wilson, Mr Graeme Kershaw
SchemeNSW ICTN Small Grants Program
RoleLead
Funding Start2015
Funding Finish2015
GNoG1500768
Type Of FundingOther Public Sector - Commonwealth
Category2OPC
UONY

8th Primary Mental Health Care Conference, Canberra Australia, 13-14 March 2015$750

Funding body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine
Project TeamMs Fiona Little
SchemeTravel Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2015
Funding Finish2015
GNoG1500328
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

20131 grants / $1,224

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

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine
Project TeamMs Fiona Little
SchemeTravel Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2013
Funding Finish2013
GNoG1301093
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY
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Ms Fiona Little

Position

Academic Team Leader
University of Newcastle Department of Rural Health
Faculty of Health and Medicine

Focus area

Nursing

Contact Details

Emailfiona.little@newcastle.edu.au
Phone(02) 67553523
Fax(02) 67612355

Office

BuildingTamworth Education Centre
LocationTamworth

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