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Biography

Professor Louise O’Brien holds a joint appointment position with the University of Newcastle and Western NSW Local Health District. She is based at the Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health, Bloomfield Campus Orange NSW. Her research and clinical interests focus on aspects of mental health nursing models of care, the organisation and development of nursing practice, psychotherapeutic relationships, mental health aspects of health care, family–focused mental health services and mentorship and leadership. Professor O’Brien’s research is highly collaborative with clinical nurses, and other mental health professionals. She has twice received Mental Health Research Awards. She is an experienced research higher degree supervisor with fourteen completions and 8 current students. She has published 8 book chapters and fifty nine refereed journal articles. She sits on a number of editorial boards and manuscript review panels for nursing journals. Her teaching experience includes curriculum development and subject co-ordination and teaching of master of mental health nursing and nurse practitioner degrees.

Professor O'Brien has extensive experience in health service teaching and workshop facilitation. She has provided consultations to health services and to not-for-profity organisations and has sat on a range of national and state committees for mental health issues. She is an active member of the Australian College of Mental Halth Nurses holding positions of scientific convenor of the ACMHN International Conference 2009, Sydney, Australia; Chair of the ACMHN Research Committee; and Chair of the NSW Branch of the ACMHN Education Committee.

Previous academic positions include Professor of Nursing, Charles Sturt University NSW and Associate Professor of Nursing University of Western Sydney, NSW. She has adjunt professorial status at University of Western Sydney, NSW and Charles Sturt University NSW Australia.

Qualifications

  • PhD, University of Technology Sydney, 29/09/1997
  • Bachelor of Arts, University of New England, 28/03/1992

Research

Research keywords

  • Hermeneutics
  • Mixed Methods
  • Phenomenology
  • acute mental health inpatient services
  • community mental health
  • depression
  • legal and ethical issues in mental health care
  • mental health
  • mental health nursing

Research expertise

Professor Louise O'Brien's research and clinical interests focus on aspects of mental health nursing models of care, the organisation and development of nursing practice, psychotherapeutic relationships, mental health aspects of health care, family –focused mental health services and mentorship and leadership. Professor O’Brien’s research is highly collaborative with clinical nurses, and other mental health professionals. She has twice received Mental Health Research Awards. She is an experienced research higher degree supervisor with seventeen completions and 7current students. Methodologies for research are primarily qualitative, with a particular emphasis on hermeneutic phenomenology, however she also has expertise in mixed methods studies. She has published 8 book chapters and fifty eight refereed journal articles.

Languages

  • English

Fields of Research

CodeDescriptionPercentage
111000Nursing100

Collaboration

Professor O'Brien has conducted research in collaboration with Associate Professor Kim Foster, University of Sydney; Dr Kay McCauley, Monash University, Victoria; and Professor Debra Jackson University of Technology, Sydney.

Administrative

Administrative expertise

Professor Louise O'Brien has held management and adminstative positions in both clinical and academic areas. She has provided management and leadership expertise to Nursing Unit Manager Positions. She has led academic teams in the delivery of mental health nursing education at both undergraduate and postgraduate positions; and co-ordinated postgraduate programmes. She has led research teams from idea conception to completion of projects.

Teaching

Teaching keywords

  • Health
  • Midwifery
  • Nursing

Teaching expertise

Professor Louise O'Brien has taught both on-line and face-to-face courses at both undergraduate and post-graduate levels. She has extensive experience writing curriculum and teaching in masters level mental health nursing, nurse practitioner, and research methodology programs. Professor O'Brien has also extensive experience developing and conducting workshops and in-service training programmes in clinical supervison, mentorship, clinical decision-making, care of clients with borderline personality disorder, childhood abuse and its impact on adult mental health, clinical assessment in mental health services, managing abnormal illness behaviour in general hospitals.

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Publications

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Chapter (2 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2014O'Brien L, Rossiter R, McMinn B, 'Depression in Older People', Caring for older people in Australia: Principles for nursing practice, Wiley, Milton, Queensland 455-488 (2014)

Co-authors: Rachel Rossiter

2013Jackson D, O'Brien LM, 'The effective nurse', Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, Elsevier, Chatswood, NSW 3-13 (2013) [B2]

Journal article (50 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2014Matheson A, O'Brien L, Reid J-A, ' The impact of shiftwork on health: a literature review', Journal of Clinical Nursing, n/a-n/a (2014)
2013Gillies D, Taylor F, Gray C, O'Brien L, D'Abrew N, 'Psychological therapies for the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder in children and adolescents (Review)', Evidence-Based Child Health: A Cochrane Review Journal, 8 1004-1116 (2013) [C1]
2013Maharaj R, O'Brien L, Gillies D, Andrew S, 'Police referrals to a psychiatric hospital: Experiences of nurses caring for police-referred admissions', INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF MENTAL HEALTH NURSING, 22 313-321 (2013) [C1]
2013O'Brien L, Lakeman R, O'Brien A, 'Managing potential conflict of interest in journal article publication', INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF MENTAL HEALTH NURSING, 22 368-373 (2013) [C1]
2013Dywili S, Bonner A, O'Brien L, 'Why do nurses migrate? a review of recent literature', JOURNAL OF NURSING MANAGEMENT, 21 511-520 (2013) [C1]
2013McCloughen A, O'Brien L, Jackson D, ' Journey to become a nurse leader mentor: past, present and future influences', Nursing Inquiry, n/a-n/a (2013)
2012Foster K, O'Brien LM, Korhonen T, 'Developing resilient children and families when parents have mental illness: A family-focused approach', International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, 21 3-11 (2012) [C1]
2012East L, Jackson D, O'Brien L, Peters K, 'Stigma and stereotypes: Women and sexually transmitted infections', COLLEGIAN, 19 15-21 (2012) [C1]
2012Gillies D, Taylor F, Gray C, O'Brien LM, D'Abrew N, 'Psychological therapies for the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder in children and adolescents', Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, CD006726 (2012) [C1]
2012Dywili S, Bonner A, Anderson J, O'Brien LM, 'Experience of overseas-trained health professionals in rural and remote areas of destination countries: A literature review', Australian Journal of Rural Health, 20 175-184 (2012) [C1]
2012O'Brien LM, 'Talking about what we do', International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, 21 495-496 (2012) [C3]
2011McCloughen A, O'Brien L, Jackson D, 'Nurse Leader Mentor as a Mode of Being: Findings From an Australian Hermeneutic Phenomenological Study', JOURNAL OF NURSING SCHOLARSHIP, 43 97-104 (2011) [C1]
2011East L, Jackson D, O'Brien LM, Peters K, 'Condom negotiation: Experiences of sexually active young women', Journal of Advanced Nursing, 67 77-85 (2011) [C1]
2011O'Brien LM, Brady P, Anand M, Gillies D, 'Children of parents with a mental illness visiting psychiatric facilities: Perceptions of staff', International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, 20 358-363 (2011) [C1]
2011McCloughen A, Gillies D, O'Brien L, 'Collaboration between mental health consumers and nurses: Shared understandings, dissimilar experiences', INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF MENTAL HEALTH NURSING, 20 47-55 (2011) [C1]
2011East L, Jackson D, O'Brien L, Peters K, 'Healthcare experiences of women who have been diagnosed with a sexually transmitted infection', JOURNAL OF CLINICAL NURSING, 20 2259-2265 (2011) [C1]
2011O'Brien L, Anand M, Brady P, Gillies D, 'Children visiting parents in inpatient psychiatric facilities: Perspectives of parents, carers, and children', INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF MENTAL HEALTH NURSING, 20 137-143 (2011) [C1]
2011East L, Jackson D, Peters K, O'Brien L, 'Response to Hayter M (2010) Commentary on East L, Jackson D, Peters K & O'Brien L (2010) Disrupted sense of self: young women and sexually transmitted infection. Journal of Clinical Nursing 19, 2952-2953', JOURNAL OF CLINICAL NURSING, 20 2378-2379 (2011) [C3]
2010East L, Jackson D, O'Brien LM, Peters K, 'Storytelling: an approach that can help to develop resilience', Nurse Researcher, 17 17-25 (2010) [C1]
2010East L, Jackson D, Peters K, O'Brien LM, 'Disrupted sense of self: Young women and sexually transmitted infections', Journal of Clinical Nursing, 19 1995-2003 (2010) [C1]
2010McCloughen A, O'Brien LM, Jackson D, 'More than vision. Imagination as an elemental characteristic of being a nurse leader-mentor', Advances in Nursing Science, 33 285-296 (2010) [C1]
2010Vallido T, Jackson D, O'Brien LM, 'Nurses' management of adolescent sleep disturbance: A qualitative study', Journal of Clinical Nursing, 19 324-331 (2010) [C1]
2010Milton-Wildey K, O'Brien LM, 'Care of acutely ill older patients in hospital: Clinical decision-making', Journal of Clinical Nursing, 19 1252-1260 (2010) [C1]
2010Milton-Wildey K, O'Brien L, 'Nursing care of older patients in hospital: implications for clinical leadership', AUSTRALIAN JOURNAL OF ADVANCED NURSING, 28 6-16 (2010) [C2]
2009Vallido T, Peters K, O'Brien LM, Jackson D, 'Sleep in adolescence: A review of issues for nursing practice', Journal of Clinical Nursing, 18 1819-1826 (2009) [C1]
2009Vallido T, Jackson D, O'Brien L, 'Mad, sad and hormonal: the gendered nature of adolescent sleep disturbance', JOURNAL OF CHILD HEALTH CARE, 13 7-18 (2009) [C1]
2009McCloughen A, O'Brien LM, Jackson D, 'Esteemed connection: Creating a mentoring relationship for nurse leadership', Nursing Inquiry, 16 326-336 (2009) [C1]
2009Sgorbini M, O'Brien LM, Jackson D, 'Living with hepatitis C and treatment: The personal experiences of patients', Journal of Clinical Nursing, 18 2282-2291 (2009) [C1]
2009Johnson A, Chang E, O'Brien L, 'Nursing the dying: A descriptive survey of Australian undergraduate nursing curricula', INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF NURSING PRACTICE, 15 417-425 (2009) [C1]
2008McCloughen A, O'Brien LM, Gillies D, McSherry C, 'Nursing handover within mental health rehabilitation: An exploratory study of practice and perception', International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, 17 287-295 (2008) [C1]
2008East L, Jackson D, O'Brien LM, Peters K, 'The benefits of computer-mediated communication in nursing research', Contemporary Nurse, 30 83-88 (2008) [C1]
2007Endrawes G, O'Brien LM, Wilkes L, 'Egyptian families caring for a relative with mental illness: A hermeneutic study: Feature Article', International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, 16 431-440 (2007) [C1]
2007East L, Jackson D, O'Brien LM, ''I don't want to hate him forever': Understanding daughter's experiences of father absence', Australian Journal of Advanced Nursing, 24 14-18 (2007) [C1]
2007East L, Jackson D, O'Brien LM, Peters K, 'Use of the male condom by heterosexual adolescents and young people: Literature review', Journal of Advanced Nursing, 59 103-110 (2007) [C1]
2007Usher K, Jackson D, O'Brien LM, 'Shattered dreams: Parental experiences of adolescent substance abuse: Feature Article', International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, 16 422-430 (2007) [C1]
2007O'Brien LM, Jackson D, 'It's a long way from the office to the creek bed: Remote area mental health nursing in Australia', Journal of Transcultural Nursing, 18 135-141 (2007) [C1]
2007Atsalos C, O'Brien LM, Jackson D, 'Against the odds: Experiences of nurse leaders in Clinical Development Units (Nursing) in Australia', Journal of Advanced Nursing, 58 576-584 (2007) [C1]
2007McDonald G, O'Brien LM, Jackson D, 'Guilt and shame: experiences of parents of self-harming adolescents', Journal of Child Health Care, 11 298-310 (2007) [C1]
2007Endrawes G, O'Brien LM, Wilkes L, 'Mental illness and Egyptian families', International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, 16 178-187 (2007) [C1]
2007East L, Jackson D, O'Brien LM, 'Exploring women's experiences of STIs', Australian Nursing Journal, 15 33-33 (2007) [C1]
2006East L, Jackson D, O'Brien LM, 'Disrupted relationships: adult daughters and father absence', Contemporary Nurse, 23 252-261 (2006) [C1]
2006Jackson D, Usher K, O'Brien LM, 'Fractured families: parental perspectives of the effects of adolescent drug abuse on family life', Contemporary Nurse, 23 321-330 (2006) [C1]
2006McCloughen A, O'Brien L, 'Interagency collaborative research projects: Illustrating potential problems, and finding solutions in the nursing literature', INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF MENTAL HEALTH NURSING, 15 171-180 (2006)
2006Montgomery-Downs HE, O'Brien LM, Gulliver TE, Gozal D, 'Polysomnographic characteristics in normal preschool and early school-aged children', PEDIATRICS, 117 741-753 (2006)
2006Foster K, McAllister M, O'Brien L, 'Extending the boundaries: Autoethnography as an emergent method in mental health nursing research', INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF MENTAL HEALTH NURSING, 15 44-53 (2006)
2005McCloughen A, O'Brien L, 'Development of a mentorship programme for new graduate nurses in mental health', INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF MENTAL HEALTH NURSING, 14 276-284 (2005)
2005Usher K, Jackson D, O'Brien L, 'Adolescent drug abuse: Helping families survive', INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF MENTAL HEALTH NURSING, 14 209-214 (2005)
2004O'Brien LM, Cole R, 'Mental health nursing practice in acute psychiatric close-observation areas', International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, 13 89-99 (2004) [C1]
2004Meekings C, O'Brien L, 'Borderline pathology in children and adolescents', INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF MENTAL HEALTH NURSING, 13 152-163 (2004)
2003O'Brien L, Cole R, 'Close-observation areas in acute psychiatric units: A literature review', INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF MENTAL HEALTH NURSING, 12 165-176 (2003)
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Conference (14 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2013Parsons VLM, O'Brien LM, James CG, Loxton DJ, 'Paramedics under mental health legislation in Australia', Abstracts of the XXXIIIrd International Congress on Law and Mental Health, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (2013) [E3]
2013O'Brien T, Conway J, Conway D, O'Brien L, Giles M, Bantawa K, 'Better prepared, better placement: An online orientation resource for undergraduate nursing students and their supervisors in mental health settings', INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF MENTAL HEALTH NURSING (2013) [E3]
2012East L, Jackson D, O'Brien LM, Peters K, 'Sources of support: Young women and sexually transmitted infections', Australasian HIV/AIDS Conference 2012. Program, Melbourne, Vic (2012) [E3]
2012Rowe M, O'Brien LM, Harmon CW, 'Frequent re-admission to a rural mental health facility: A mixed method research project', International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, Darwin (2012) [E3]
2012Rossiter RC, O'Brien LM, 'Reviewing the impact of national registration for nurse practitioners on university curricula in Australia', The 7th Conference of the Australian College of Nurse Practitioners, Surfers Paradise (2012) [E3]

Co-authors: Rachel Rossiter

2012Parsons V, O'Brien LM, Loxton DJ, James C, 'Constructing a social narrative on the foundation of shared experiences: A common bond between mental health nurses and paramedics in pre-hospital mental health care', International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, Darwin (2012) [E3]

Co-authors: Deborah Loxton

2011Hartog CY, O'Brien LM, Stone TE, 'That's not my job! Well...whose job is it to place the flags in caring for mentally disordered offenders?', International Journal of Mental Health Nursing: Australian College of Mental Health Nursing 37th International Conference Abstracts, Gold Coast (2011) [E3]

Co-authors: Teresa Stone

2011McCauley K, Barnfield J, O'Brien LM, 'Assessment of suicidality in perinatal women by midwives and maternal child health nurses', International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, Gold Coast, QLD (2011) [E3]
2010Harrison B, Moss C, Elsom S, McCauley-Elsom K, Barnfield J, O'Brien LM, 'Perinatal depression and suicide (PDS): A study of midwives and MHCNs ability and confidence to assess the mental health of women', International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, Hobart, Tas (2010) [E3]
2010O'Brien LM, Anand M, Brady P, Gillies D, Stathis B, 'Children visiting parents in inpatient psychiatric units: Perspectives of staff, children and parents', International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, Hobart, Tas (2010) [E3]
2010Johnson A, O'Brien LM, 'Rattling the curriculum cage - the time for reform is now', Third National Palliative Care Education Conference, Brisbane, QLD (2010) [E3]
2009Foster K, O'Brien L, 'EI=qr2? Caring for ourselves: Emotional intelligence in mental health nursing research', INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF MENTAL HEALTH NURSING (2009) [E3]
2008Maharaj R, O'Brien L, Andrew S, Gillies D, 'Mental health nursing research: An investigation on psychiatric referrals from the police', INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF MENTAL HEALTH NURSING (2008) [E3]
2008Fitzgerald M, O'Brien L, Ferguson J, Gartshore L, Clark G, Walker M, Kitto E, 'Psychotherapeutic relationship skills: An education program in the art of adolescent mental health nursing practice', INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF MENTAL HEALTH NURSING (2008) [E3]
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants2
Total funding$110,684

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2012 (2 grants)

Better Prepared, Better Placements: Online orientation for Mental Health nursing students and their clinical supervisors$109,184
Funding Body: HETI (Health Education and Training Institute)

Project Team
Associate Professor Tony O'Brien, Conjoint Associate Professor Jane Conway, Conjoint Professor Louise O'Brien
SchemeRole
NSW Clinical Supervision Support Project (CSSP)Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$109,18420122013
GNo:G1200840

ACMHN's 38th International mental health Nursing Conference - the Fabric of Life, Darwin Convention Centre, 3 - 5 October 2012$1,500
Funding Body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine

Project Team
Conjoint Professor Louise O'Brien
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,50020122012
GNo:G1200927
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Research Supervision

Number of current supervisions6
Total current UoN PhD EFTSL0.35

For supervisions undertaken at an institution other that the University of Newcastle, the institution name is listed below the program name.

Current Supervision

CommencedProposed
Completion
ProgramSupervisor TypeResearch Title
20122016PhD (Gender & Health)Co-SupervisorClinical Decision Making and the Role of Paramedics Fulfilling their Legislative Powers Under the Mental Health Act 2007 (NSW). A Qualitative Study
20122019PhD (Midwifery)Co-SupervisorMaternity Care for Women with Intellectual Disability: A Qualitative Studies into the Barriers and Facilitators of Care
20112013PHD Nursing
Charles Sturt University
Principal SupervisorWomen's experience of working shiftwork while caring for children: A phenomenological study
20112020PhD (Nursing)Co-SupervisorFrequent Readmission to a Rural Mental Health Facility: A Sequential Explanatory Mixed Method Research Project
20112016PhD (Nursing)Co-SupervisorFrom the Past to the Future. A History of Ideas and Practice in Psychiatric Nursing Scholarship from 1920 to the Present
20102014PHD Nursing
Charles Sturt University
Co-SupervisorWest African nurses experience of migration to rural Australia

Past Supervision

YearProgramSupervisor TypeResearch Title
2011PHD Nursing
University of Western Sydney
Co-SupervisorNursing the dying: A mixed methods study
2011PHD Nursing
University of Western Sydney
Principal SupervisorPolice Referrals to mental health services: A mixed methods study
2010PHD Nursing
University of Western Sydney
Principal SupervisorMentorship for leadership: A study of Australian nurse leaders
2009PHD Nursing
University of Western Sydney
Co-SupervisorYoung women's stories of having a sexually transmitted infection: A feminist perspective
2008Masters Nursing
University of Western Sydney
Principal SupervisorLiving with Hepatitis C and its treatment: A phenomenological study of the experiences of patients and their partners
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Conjoint Professor Louise O'Brien

Work Phone02 47573253
Email
PositionsConjoint Professor
School of Nursing and Midwifery
Faculty of Health and Medicine
The University of Newcastle, Australia
Web Learn Tutor Nursing & Midwifery
School of Nursing and Midwifery
Faculty of Health and Medicine
The University of Newcastle, Australia
Focus AreaNursing
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URL:www.newcastle.edu.au/profile/louise-obrien