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Professor Tony O'Brien

Professor

School of Nursing and Midwifery (Nursing)

Career Summary

Biography

Professor Anthony (Tony) O'Brien is currently Head of Discipline Nursing. Tony joined the University of Newcastle as Senior Clinical Lead Research - Associate Professor Clinical Nursing, Nursing and Midwifery Research Centre (NMRC) in September 2011.  This is a joint appointment with Hunter New England Local Health District. The role focuses on supporting nurses and midwives to conduct research in clinical practice to improve patient care. Tony is a Registered Nurse (mental health and general) with clinical experience in mental health community case management, acute mental health intake and assessment and aged care. Tony has held recent roles as an Registered Nurse Peninsula Health CLIPS team (2010), Honorary Mental Health Nurse (University Hospital, Singapore 2006-2008), RN8 (NCAHS 2009) and Clinical Nurse Consultant mental health (Mayne Health).

Previous appointments
2009 - 2011 Associate Professor - Head of Peninsula Campus, Monash University; 2006 - 2008 Assistant Professor Program Coordinator, School of Nursing; National University of Singapore (NUS;) 2003 - 2006 Head of Department - Regional Program coordinator, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Southern Cross University; 1998 - 2001 Senior Lecturer, Massey University, New Zealand; 1994 - 1997 Director of Clinical Learning and Research Unit, Manning Base Hospital, Health (School), University of New England.

Research Expertise
Tony's research expertise includes quantitative and qualitative research methods including ethnography, survey research and mixed methods..

Teaching Expertise
Mental health nursing - research methods - medical and surgical nursing - therapeutic communication - assessment

Administrative Expertise
School of Nursing and Midwifery head of department and campus - clinical lead research - student progress - research higher degree completion - higher education funding - student support services - academic programs development administration and evaluation - online program development and teaching

Collaborations
The primary research collaboration is between Hunter New England Health Local Health District (HNELHD), the University of Newcastle and the Hunter Medical Research Institute (HMRI) - Priority Research Centre, Health and Behaviour. This collaboration involves The University of Newcastle and Hunter New England Area Health Service with the Nursing and Midwifery Research Centre. The centre's work involves facilitating, establishing and building clinical research nursing and midwifery cultures in the Local Health District. The NMRC encourages nursing and midwifery clinicians to work with us to develop small and large projects from the clinical workplace to improve patient care. PhD students supervision in the following areas: Workforce development Curriculum development and educational programs evaluation Mental Health Nursing Recruitment and retention of new graduates Preparation for practice Indigenous research Clinical practice research Culture and nursing Palliative Care/end of life care, families and mental health


Qualifications

  • PhD, University of New England
  • Bachelor of Arts, Macquarie University
  • Master of Educational Studies, University of Newcastle

Keywords

  • Clinical Indicators
  • Communication
  • Culture
  • Curriculum Development
  • Ethnography and Grounded Theory
  • MIxed methods
  • Mental Health Nursing
  • Nursing practice
  • Research skills
  • Survey research

Fields of Research

CodeDescriptionPercentage
111005Mental Health Nursing50
111099Nursing not elsewhere classified20
130209Medicine, Nursing and Health Curriculum and Pedagogy30

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

DatesTitleOrganisation / Department
13/04/2015 - ProfessorUniversity of Newcastle
School of Nursing and Midwifery
Australia

Academic appointment

DatesTitleOrganisation / Department
1/05/2009 - 1/08/2011Head of Peninsula CampusMonash University
School of Nursing and Midwifery
Australia
1/08/2006 - 1/08/2008Assistant Professor/ Program Co-ordinatorNational University of Singapore
School of Nursing and Midwifery
Singapore
1/06/2003 - 1/08/2006Head of Department - Regional Program CoordinatorSouthern Cross University
School of Nursing and Midwifery
1/06/1998 - 1/05/2001Senior LecturerMassey University
School of Health
New Zealand
1/09/1994 - 1/08/1997Director of Clinical and Research Unit Manning Base HospitalUniversity of New England
School of Health
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Publications

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


Book (6 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2011Morphet J, O'Brien AP, Griffiths D, Preparation for Practice: Challenges in the transition from student nurse to Graduate Nurse, Monash University, Melbourne, Victoria (2011) [A2]
2006O'Brien AP, Clinical Preceptorship Handbook, National University of Singapore, Alice Lee of Nursing Studies, Yin Loo Lin School of Medicine, Singapore, 15 (2006)
2003O'Brien AP, Health Care Practices III - Health Promotion, Southern Cross University, Lismore (2003)
2000O'Brien AP, The Promotion of Mental Health in New Zealand (external course material), Massey University College of HUmanities and Social Sciences, Palmerston North, New Zealand (2000)
1997O'Brien AP, Research for the Future: Health Services and Universities in Partnership, University of New England, Armidale, NSW (1997) [A2]
1995O'Brien AP, Preceptorship Handbook, Department of Nursing and Midwifery, the University of New England., Armidale, 30 (1995)
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Chapter (2 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
1999Axford R, Minichiello V, Coulson I, O'Brien AP, 'Research in health an overview (chapter one). Handbook for research methods in health sciences , ,', Handbook for research methods in health sciences, Addison Wesley & Longman, Australia 1-15 (1999)
1995Richardson M, O'Brien AP, 'How to develop a Rooming In program - a guide for mental health workers', How to develop a Rooming In program - a guide for mental health workers, Mike Richardson Consultant Psychiatrist, Wynter Street, Taree 1-94 (1995)

Journal article (76 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2015Niu S-F, Chung M-H, Chu H, Tsai J-C, Lin C-C, Liao Y-M, et al., 'Differences in cortisol profiles and circadian adjustment time between nurses working night shifts and regular day shifts: A prospective longitudinal study', International Journal of Nursing Studies, 52 1193-1201 (2015)

Objective: This study explored the differences in the circadian salivary cortisol profiles between nurses working night shifts and regular day shifts following a slow rotating shift schedule to assess the number of days required for adjusting the circadian rhythm of salivary cortisol levels in nurses working consecutive night shifts and the number of days off required to restore the diurnal circadian rhythm of salivary cortisol levels. Methods: This was a prospective, longitudinal, parallel-group comparative study. The participants were randomly assigned to night and day-shift groups, and saliva samples were collected to measure their cortisol levels and circadian secretion patterns. Results: Significant differences were observed in the overall salivary cortisol pattern parameters (cortisol awakening response, changes in cortisol profiles between 6 and 12. h after awakening, and changes in cortisol profiles between 30. min and 12. h after awakening) from Days 2 to 4 of the workdays between both groups. However, on Day 2 of the days off, both groups exhibited similar cortisol profiles and the cortisol profiles in the night-shift group were restored. Conclusion: Nurses working night shifts require at least 4 days to adjust their circadian rhythms of cortisol secretions. Moreover, on changing from night shift to other shifts, nurses must be allowed more than 2 days off work.

DOI10.1016/j.ijnurstu.2015.04.001
2015Giles M, Watts W, O'Brien A, Berenger S, Paul M, McNeil K, Bantawa K, 'Does our bundle stack up! Innovative nurse-led changes for preventing catheter-associated urinary tract infection (CAUTI)', Healthcare Infection, 20 62-71 (2015)

Introduction The aim of this project was to develop and implement an innovative nurse-led model of care in the use and management of indwelling urinary catheters (IUC) utilising evidence-based 'bundle interventions' to reduce the incidence of catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI). Design and method A pre and post intervention study designed to progress in three phases was conducted in the orthopaedic ward and urology ward of a large tertiary referral facility. Phase one involved a clinical data collection pre intervention on all inpatients receiving an IUC over a 3-month period from February to April 2013. A staff survey assessed knowledge and skills and an evidence-based care bundle, nurse-led protocols, and education resources were developed through collaboration with clinicians. Phase two involved implementation and Phase three was an evaluation with the primary outcome targets being reduced IUC usage, days IUC in situ and incidence of CAUTI. Results Pre audit data revealed a high rate of IUC use: 31% of all inpatients in the orthopaedic ward and 25% in the urology ward. Compliance with current guidelines was inconsistent and documentation related to IUCs was poor. Overall CAUTI rate was relatively low at 2.2% of all patients with an IUC and was higher in the orthopaedic ward. Conclusion The development of a systematic and standardised approach to IUC care for inpatients using bundle care interventions will potentially reduce IUC use, provide a clear pathway for nurse-initiated IUC removal and reduce the incidence of catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI).

DOI10.1071/HI14035
2015Browne G, Lakeman R, O'Brien AP, Chan S, 'Service users on interview panels in mental health.', Int J Ment Health Nurs, 24 281-282 (2015)
DOI10.1111/inm.12115Author URL
Co-authorsSally Chan, Graeme Browne
2015Giles M, Watts W, O'Brien AP, Berenger S, Paul M, McNeil K, Bantawa K, 'Does our bundle stack up! Innovative nurse-led changes for preventing catheter-associated urinary tract infection (CAUTI)', Healthcare Infection, 20 62-71 (2015)
DOI10.1071/HI14035
2014O'Brien A, Giles M, Dempsey SE, Slater L, McGregor ME, Kable A, et al., 'Evaluating the preceptor role for pre-registration nursing and midwifery student clinical education', Nurse Education Today, 34 19-24 (2014) [C1]
DOI10.1016/j.nedt.2013.03.015
CitationsScopus - 3Web of Science - 3
Co-authorsShane Dempsey, Ashley Kable
2014Innes K, Morphet J, O'Brien AP, Munro I, 'Caring for the mental illness patient in emergency departments - an exploration of the issues from a healthcare provider perspective', JOURNAL OF CLINICAL NURSING, 23 2003-2011 (2014) [C1]
DOI10.1111/jocn.12437Author URL
2014Al Mutair A, Plummer V, Paul O'Brien A, Clerehan R, 'Attitudes of healthcare providers towards family involvement and presence in adult critical care units in Saudi Arabia: A quantitative study', Journal of Clinical Nursing, 23 744-755 (2014) [C1]

Aims and objectives: To describe healthcare providers' attitudes to family involvement during routine care and family presence during resuscitation or other invasive procedures in adult intensive care units in Saudi Arabia. Background: Previous research has shown that healthcare professionals have revealed a diversity of opinions on family involvement during routine care and family presence during resuscitation or other invasive procedures. Attitude assessment can provide an indication of staff acceptance or rejection of the practice and also help identify key potential barriers that will need to be addressed. It has also been evident that participation in the care has potential benefits for patients and families as well as healthcare providers. Design: A quantitative descriptive design. Methods: A questionnaire was used with a convenience sample of 468 healthcare providers who were recruited from eight intensive care units. Results: The analysis found that healthcare providers had positive attitudes towards family involvement during routine care, but negative attitudes towards family presence during resuscitation or other invasive procedures. Physicians expressed more opposition to the practice than did nurses and respiratory therapists. Staff indicated a need to develop written guidelines and policies, as well as educational programmes, to address this sensitive issue in clinical practice. Conclusion: Family is an important resource in patient care in the context of the critical care environment. Clinical barriers including resources, hospital policies and guidelines, staff and public education should be taken into account to facilitate family integration to the care model. Relevance to clinical practice: The findings can help to develop policies and guidelines for safe implementation of the practice. They can also encourage those who design nursing and other medical curricula to place more emphasis on the role of the family especially in critical care settings. © 2013 John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

DOI10.1111/jocn.12520
CitationsScopus - 1
2014Mutair AS, Plummer V, O'Brien AP, Clerehan R, 'Providing culturally congruent care for Saudi patients and their families.', Contemp Nurse, 46 254-258 (2014) [C1]
DOI10.5172/conu.2014.46.2.254Author URL
2014Chu H, Yang C-Y, Lin Y, Ou K-L, Lee T-Y, O'Brien AP, Chou K-R, 'The Impact of Group Music Therapy on Depression and Cognition in Elderly Persons With Dementia A Randomized Controlled Study', BIOLOGICAL RESEARCH FOR NURSING, 16 209-217 (2014) [C1]
DOI10.1177/1099800413485410Author URL
CitationsWeb of Science - 4
2014Al-Mutair AS, Plummer V, Clerehan R, O'Brien A, 'Needs and experiences of intensive care patients' families: a Saudi qualitative study', NURSING IN CRITICAL CARE, 19 135-144 (2014) [C1]
DOI10.1111/nicc.12040Author URL
2014Al-Mutair AS, Plummer V, Clerehan R, O'Brien AT, 'Families' needs of critical care Muslim patients in Saudi Arabia: A quantitative study', Nursing in Critical Care, 19 185-195 (2014) [C1]

Aim: To identify the needs of families of adult intensive care unit (ICU) patients in Saudi Arabia as perceived by family members and health care providers. Background: Family members of critically ill patients are likely to have specific needs that should be addressed by the critical care team and which, if unmet, may produce stress for patients' families and health care providers. The literature has yet to identify the needs of Muslim families in relation to religious beliefs and cultural values in critical care settings in Saudi Arabia. Design: A cross-sectional survey design. Method: A total of 176 family members and 497 intensive health care providers were recruited from eight adult mixed medical-surgical ICUs between November 2011 and February 2012 utilizing a four-point Likert type scale self-administered questionnaire. Results: The findings revealed that family members and health care providers ranked assurance, information and cultural and spiritual needs as the most important, and support and proximity as least important. There were significant differences in the mean values found between family members and health care providers. A significant finding not identified in other studies was 'The need to have the health care providers handle the body of the dead Muslim with extreme caution and respect' which, under the dimension of cultural and spiritual needs, was perceived by family members to be the most important and by the health care providers as the fifth most important need. Conclusion: The recognition of family needs in the critical care unit informed the development of interventions to meet family needs and improve the care quality. © 2013 British Association of Critical Care Nurses.

DOI10.1111/nicc.12039
CitationsScopus - 1
2014Niu S-F, Chung M-H, Chu H, Tsai J-C, Lin C-C, Liao Y-M, et al., 'Differences in cortisol profiles and circadian adjustment time between nurses working night shifts and regular day shifts: A prospective longitudinal study', International Journal of Nursing Studies, (2014)

Objective: This study explored the differences in the circadian salivary cortisol profiles between nurses working night shifts and regular day shifts following a slow rotating shift schedule to assess the number of days required for adjusting the circadian rhythm of salivary cortisol levels in nurses working consecutive night shifts and the number of days off required to restore the diurnal circadian rhythm of salivary cortisol levels. Methods: This was a prospective, longitudinal, parallel-group comparative study. The participants were randomly assigned to night and day-shift groups, and saliva samples were collected to measure their cortisol levels and circadian secretion patterns. Results: Significant differences were observed in the overall salivary cortisol pattern parameters (cortisol awakening response, changes in cortisol profiles between 6 and 12. h after awakening, and changes in cortisol profiles between 30. min and 12. h after awakening) from Days 2 to 4 of the workdays between both groups. However, on Day 2 of the days off, both groups exhibited similar cortisol profiles and the cortisol profiles in the night-shift group were restored. Conclusion: Nurses working night shifts require at least 4 days to adjust their circadian rhythms of cortisol secretions. Moreover, on changing from night shift to other shifts, nurses must be allowed more than 2 days off work.

DOI10.1016/j.ijnurstu.2015.04.001
2014Gow J, Collins E, Giles M, O'Brien T, 'Developing a nurse-led clinic for patients with Parkinson¿s disease', Australian Nursing and Midwifery Journal, 21 18-18 (2014) [C3]
2013O'Brien AP, Bloomer MJ, Clark K, Martin T, Lock M, Pidcock T, et al., 'The Need for Rural and Regional Aboriginal Palliative Care Models', Journal of Palliative Care & Medicine, 3 (2013) [C3]
DOI10.4172/2165-7386.1000152
Co-authorsPamela Vanderriet, Mark Lock
2013Bloomer MJ, O'Brien AP, 'Indigenous Australian care in mainstream services', The Hive, Spring (#3) 16-16 (2013) [C3]
2013Naik A, O'Brien AP, Gaskin CJ, Munro I, Bloomer MJ, 'The Acceptability and Efficacy of a Group Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Programme in a Community Mental Health Setting', COMMUNITY MENTAL HEALTH JOURNAL, 49 368-372 (2013) [C1]
DOI10.1007/s10597-012-9484-3Author URL
2013Bloomer MJ, O'Brien AP, 'Palliative care for the person with a serious mental illness: The need for a partnership approach to care in Australia', Progress in Palliative Care, 21 27-31 (2013) [C1]

When a person with a co-morbid mental illness requires palliative care, a balance in expert mental health and palliative care is critical to a dignified ending. The patient with a co-morbid mental illness requiring end-of-life care in Australia is currently under-recognized, and urgent consideration of the specific needs of this often discriminated against and stigmatized population is essential to provide appropriate care. This discussion paper explores the issues that arise when palliative care is necessary for a person living and dying with a mental illness, in the context of the Australian health care system and end-of-life care. A case for collaborative interprofessional clinical partnerships exists between the patient, family carers, and palliative care and specialist mental health clinicians, so that optimal care can be facilitated for the person living with a chronic or severe mental illness at the end of life. © W. S. Maney & Son Ltd 2013.

DOI10.1179/1743291X12Y.0000000033
CitationsScopus - 2
2013Al-Mutair AS, Plummer V, O'Brien A, Clerehan R, 'Family needs and involvement in the intensive care unit: a literature review', Journal of Clinical Nursing, 22 1805-1817 (2013) [C1]
DOI10.1111/jocn.12065Author URL
CitationsScopus - 6Web of Science - 6
2013O'Brien AP, Bloomer MJ, McGrath P, Clarke K, Martin T, Lock M, et al., 'Considering Aboriginal palliative care models: the challenges for mainstream services', RURAL AND REMOTE HEALTH, 13 (2013) [C1]
Author URL
CitationsScopus - 3Web of Science - 2
Co-authorsPamela Vanderriet, Mark Lock
2012O'Brien AP, McDonald VM, Maguire JM, 'Editorial: Nursing and midwifery research and scholarship in the Hunter New England Local Health District', HNE Handover, 5 2 (2012) [C3]
Co-authorsVanessa Mcdonald, Jane Maguire
2012O'Sullivan M, O'Brien AP, 'The lifesaver model', Australian Nursing Journal, 20 33-34 (2012) [C3]
2012O'Brien AP, Bloomer M, 'Aboriginal palliative care and mainstream services', Australian Nursing Journal, 20 39 (2012) [C3]
2012Lowe G, Plummer V, O'Brien AP, Boyd L, 'Time to clarify - The value of advanced practice nursing roles in health care', Journal of Advanced Nursing, 68 677-685 (2012) [C1]
CitationsScopus - 29Web of Science - 19
2012Morphet J, Innes K, O'Brien AP, Gaskin CJ, Gaskin CJ, Reed F, Kudinoff T, 'Managing people with mental health presentations in emergency departments: A service exploration of the issues surrounding responsiveness from a mental health care consumer and carer perspective', Australasian Emergency Nursing Journal, 15 148-155 (2012) [C1]
DOI10.1016/j.aenj.2012.05.003
CitationsScopus - 7
2012O'Brien AP, O'Connor M, Griffiths D, Bloomer MJ, 'Development and measurement of palliative care cultural standards using clinical indicators', Asia-Pacific Journal of Clinical Oncology, 8 3-9 (2012) [C1]
2012O'Connor M, O'Brien AP, Bloomer M, Morphett J, Peters L, Hall H, et al., 'The environment of inpatient healthcare delivery and its influence on the outcome of care', HERD : Health Environments Research & Design Journal, 6 104-116 (2012) [C1]
CitationsScopus - 1Web of Science - 1
2012O'Sullivan M, O'Brien AP, 'The lifesaver framework: A metaphor for enhancing assessment for parents who present to mental health services and who have children', HNE Handover, 5 24-27 (2012) [C2]
2011He HG, Mackey S, O'Brien AP, Ng E, Arthur DG, 'The use of video role play for teaching therapeutic communication skills', International Journal of Caring Sciences, 4 154-161 (2011) [C1]
2011Niu SF, Chung MH, Chen CH, Hegney D, O'Brien AP, Chou KR, 'The effect of shift rotation on employee cortisol profile, sleep quality, fatigue, and attention level: A Systematic Review.', The Journal of Nursing Research: JNR, 19 68-81 (2011) [C1]
DOI10.1097/JNR.0b013e31820c1879
CitationsScopus - 19Web of Science - 13
2011Liang CH, Yang CY, Lu KC, Chu P, Chen CH, O'Brien AP, et al., 'Factors Affecting Peritoneal Dialysis Selection in Taiwanese Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD)', International Nursing Review, doi: 10.1111/j.1466-7657.2011. 1-7 (2011) [C1]
DOI10.1111/j.1466-7657.2011.00913.x
CitationsScopus - 4Web of Science - 3
2011O'Brien AP, O'Connor M, Griffiths D, Poon E, Payne S, Nordin R, 'The Ageing Crisis and Palliative Care in the Asia-Pacific Region', Australian Nursing Journal, 18 39-39 (2011) [C3]
2011O'Brien AP, Parry A, 'Bachelor of Nursing students in general practice: a community nursing focus 34-34 (2011) [O1]
2010O'Connor MM, O'Brien AP, Griffiths DL, Poon E, Chin J, Payne SA, Nordin RB, 'What is the meaning of palliative care in the Asia-Pacific region?', Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Oncology, 6 197-202 (2010) [C1]
DOI10.1111/j.1743-7563.2010.01315.x
CitationsScopus - 8Web of Science - 6
2010O¿Brien AP, Cross W, Higgs P, Munro I, Bloomer M, 'Nurse led CBT program for Indigenous people', Australian Nursing Journal, 17 35-35 (2010) [C3]
2010O'Brien AP, Holden C, 'Male reproductive health a priority for practice nurses', Australian Nursing Journal, 18 44-44 (2010) [C3]
2010O'Brien AP, Cross W, Higgs P, Munro I, Bloomer MJ, Chou KR, 'Australians living with and managing hepatitis C', Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 31 520-524 (2010) [C1]
DOI10.3109/01612841003629532
CitationsScopus - 4
2010Liaw SY, Chen F, Klainin P, Bramme JD, O'Brien AP, Samarasekera DD, 'Developing clinical competency in crisis event management: An integrated simulation problem-based learning activity', Advances in Health Sciences Education, 15 403-413 (2010) [C1]
DOI10.1007/s10459-009-9208-9
CitationsScopus - 6Web of Science - 6
2009Liaw SY, Chen FG, Klainin P, O'Brien AP, Bremmer J, Samarasekera DD, 'Integrated Simulation problem-based Learning Activity', CDTHL Brief, 12 1-2 (2009) [O1]
2009Yeh H, Tzeng N, Chu H, Chou Y, Lu R, O'Brien AP, et al., 'The Risk of Eating Disorders Among Female Undergraduates in Taiwan', Archives of Psychiatric Nursing, 23 430-440 (2009) [C1]
DOI10.1016/j.apnu.2008.12.001
CitationsScopus - 4Web of Science - 3
2009Chen WC, Chu H, Lu R, Chou Y, Chen CH, Chang Y, et al., 'Efficacy of progressive muscle relaxation training in reducing anxiety in patients with acute schizophrenia', Journal of Clinical Nursing, 18 2187-2196 (2009) [C1]
DOI10.1111/j.1365-2702.2008.02773.x
CitationsScopus - 25Web of Science - 18
2008O'Brien AP, Cho MAA, Lew A-M, Creedy D, Man RHC, Chan MF, Arthur DG, 'The Need for Mental Health Promotion and Early Intervention Services for Higher Education Students in Singapore', International Journal of Mental Health Promotion, 10 42-48 (2008) [C1]
2008O'Brien AP, Chan TMF, Cho MAA, 'Investigating nursing students' perceptions of the changes in a nursing curriculum by means of the Dundee Ready Education Environment Measure (DREEM) inventory: Results of a cluster analysis', International Journal of Nursing Education Scholarship, 5 25-25 (2008) [C1]
CitationsScopus - 8
2008Nicholls D, Butterworth T, Owen S, McGonagle I, Baguley I, Potter S, et al., 'The Singapore summit: Integrating the 10 essential shared capabilities into an international research and clinical framework for mental health - The international standing conference for capability development for mental health', Asian Journal of Nursing, 11 54-60 (2008) [C3]
2007O'Brien AP, Gaskin CJ, O'Brien AJ, Morrison-Ngatai E, Hardy D, 'Generation of statements for the development of clinical indicators for mental health nursing in New Zealand: Achieving a bicultural focus', Asian Journal of Nursing, 10 184-190 (2007) [C1]
CitationsScopus - 1
2007O'Brien AP, 'Reflections on new directions in nursing education in Singapore', Asian Journal of Nursing, 10 80-81 (2007) [C3]
2007O'Brien AP, Gaskin CJ, O¿Brien AJ, Morrison-Ngatai E, 'Using focus groups to develop clinically and culturally valid clinical indicators for mental health nursing', Asian Journal of Nursing, 10 184-190 (2007) [C1]
2007O'Brien AP, Woods M, Watson P, Alpass F, 'The development of a trans-cultural instrument designed to measure registered nurse attitudes to caring, technology and professional self: A New Zealand pilot study', Asian Journal of Nursing, 10 218-227 (2007) [C1]
2007Doran F, O'Brien AP, 'A Brief Report of Attitudes Towards Physical Activity During Pregnancy', Health Promotion Journal of Australia, 18 155-158 (2007) [C1]
CitationsScopus - 14
2007O'Brien AP, Arthur DG, 'Computerised cognitive behavioural therapy (CCBT) in Singapore: A nursing anti-depression mental health promotion initiative.', Australian Nursing Journal, 14 39-39 (2007) [C3]
2007Brammer J, O'Brien A, 'From shadow to mirror image - accalaureate nursing clinical education at NUS', singapore nursing journal, 34 24-32 (2007) [C1]
2007O'Brien AP, 'Letter to the Editor - 'The State of Nursing in Singapore' (2007)
2007O'Brien AP, Boddy J, Hardy D, 'Culturally specific process measures to improve mental health clinical practice: Indigenous focus', Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 41 667-674 (2007) [C1]
DOI10.1080/00048670701449211
CitationsScopus - 8
2007O'Brien AP, Arthur DG, 'Singapore nursing in transition: Perspectives from the Alice Lee Centre for Nursing Studies, National University of Singapore', Singapore Medical Journal, 48 875-879 (2007)
CitationsScopus - 4
2007O'Brien AP, Arthur D, 'From diploma to baccalaureate, Singapore nursing in transition, perspectives from the Alice Lee Centre for Nursing Studies (ALCNS) at the National University of Singapore (NUS)', Singapore Medical Journal, 48 875-879 (2007) [C1]
2006O'Brien AP, Gaskin C, Hardy DJ, 'Administering the New Zealand Professional Practice Audit Questionnaire to Mental Health Nurses in Australia based on the Australian and New Zealand College of Mental Health Nurses Standards', Asian Journal of Nursing, 9 43-50 (2006) [C1]
CitationsScopus - 1
2006Stewart-Withers RR, O'Brien AP, 'Suicide Prevention and Social Capital: A Samoan Perspective', Health Sociology Review, 15 209-220 (2006) [C1]
2006O'Brien AP, 'Moving toward culturally sensitive services for Indigenous people: a non-Indigenous mental health nursing perspective.', Contemporary Nurse, 21 22-31 (2006) [C1]
DOI10.5172/conu.2006.21.1.22
CitationsScopus - 10
2006Gaskin C, O'Brien AP, Hardy DJ, 'The Assessment of the inter-rater reliability of an audit instrument for mental health nursing practice in New Zealand', Aus J Adv Nursing, 21 14-19 (2006)
2005O'Brien AP, 'Factors shaping indigenous mental health: an ethnographic account of growing up Koori from a Gubba perspective.', Australian Journal of Holistic Nursing, 12 11-20 (2005) [C1]
2004O'Brien AP, Hardy D, Gaskin C, O'Brien AJ, Morrison-Ngatai L, Skews G, et al., 'The Delphi prioritisation of New Zealand mental health nursing clinical indicators - A bi-cultural study.', Journal of Advanced Nursing, 46 1-15 (2004) [C1]
DOI10.1111/j.1365-2648.2003.02969.x
CitationsScopus - 33
2004Gaskin CJ, O'Brien AP, Hardy DJ, 'Consumer notes clinical indicators: Determining inter-rater reliability with multiple raters, nominal categories and several cases', Australian Journal of Advanced Nursing, 21 14-19 (2004) [C1]
CitationsScopus - 3
2004O'Brien AP, Arthur D, Woods M, Watson P, 'CAPSTI2 - A national survey of New Zealand registered nurses caring attributes, professional self concept and technological influences', Asian Journal of Nursing, 7 43-55 (2004) [C1]
2004O'Brien AP, Boddy JM, Hardy DJ, O'Brien AJ, 'Clinical indicators as measures of mental health nursing standards of practice in New Zealand', International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, 13 78-88 (2004)

This paper discusses the utility of Consumer Notes Clinical Indicators (CNCI) as a means to monitor mental health nursing clinical practice against the Australian and New Zealand College of Mental Health Nurses' (ANZCMHN) Standards of Practice for mental health nursing in New Zealand. CNCI are statements describing pivotal mental health nursing behaviours for which evidence can be found in the nurses' case notes. This paper presents 25 valid and reliable CNCI that can be used to monitor mental health nursing practice against the ANZCMHN's Standards of Practice for mental health nursing in New Zealand. The bicultural clinical indicators were generated in focus groups of Maori and non-Maori mental health nurses, prioritized in a three-round reactive Delphi survey of expert mental health nurses and consumers, pilot tested, and applied in a national field study. This paper reports the development and validation of the CNCI, for which achievement is assessed by an audit of the nursing documentation in consumer case notes. The CNCI were tested in a national field study of 327 sets of consumer case notes at 11 District Health Board sites. The results of the national field study show wide variation in occurrence of individual indicators, particularly in the areas of informed consent, information about legal nghts, and provision of culturally safe and recovery-focused care. We discuss the implications of using the CNCI to assess the professional accountability of mental health nurses to provide quality care. Recommendations are made regarding the application of the clinical indicators and future research required, determining appropriate benchmarks for quality practice. The CNCI could be adapted for application in other mental health nursing and other mental health professional clinical settings.

CitationsScopus - 8
2003O'Brien AP, O'Brien AJ, Hardy DJ, Morrison-Ngatai E, Gaskin CJ, Boddy JM, et al., 'The New Zealand development and trial of mental health nursing clinical indicators - A bicultural study', International Journal of Nursing Studies, 40 853-861 (2003) [C1]
DOI10.1016/S0020-7489(03)00074-9
CitationsScopus - 10
2003Gaskin C, O'Brien AP, Hardy D, 'The development of a professional practice audit questionnaire for mental health nursing in Aotearoa/New Zealand.', International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, 12 259-270 (2003) [C1]
2001O'Brien AP, Woods M, Palmer C, 'The emancipation of nursing practice: applying anti-psychiatry to the therapeutic community.', The Australian and New Zealand journal of mental health nursing, 10 3-9 (2001) [D1]
CitationsScopus - 6
1999Arthur D, Pang S, Wong T, Alexander MF, Drury J, Eastwood H, et al., 'Caring attributes, professional self concept and technological influences in a sample of Registered Nurses in eleven countries', International Journal of Nursing Studies, 36 387-396 (1999) [C1]
DOI10.1016/S0020-7489(99)00035-8
1998O'Brien AP, 'Rural families as resources for family members who are mentally ill: A call for nursing involvement', Archives of Psychiatric Nursing, 12 219-226 (1998) [C1]
1997O'Brien AP, 'Rooming In - new bedside manners for mental illness', Journal of the Tasmanian Association for Mental Health, 19 15-18 (1997)
1996Heitmeyer D, Nilan P, O'Brien AP, 'The Feasability of Radical Change in Aboriginal Education Curricula and Pedagogy', Curriculum Perspectives, 16 13-23 (1996) [C1]
1995O'Brien A, 'Measuring graduate attitudes to educational preparation for practice in mental health nursing.', The Australian and New Zealand journal of mental health nursing, 4 132-142 (1995)

Concern has been expressed in recent nursing research literature and within the nursing profession about the durability and quality of psychiatric/mental health nurse education curricula. The transition from hospital-based to university-based nursing education, provided the impetus for a study that addressed problems related to the development and implementation of theoretical, clinical and educational practice experiences for students of mental health nursing. This paper describes the results of an instrument developed to measure educational satisfaction as preparation for clinical practice on the following four subscales: clinical practice; knowledge and skills; mental health nursing; teaching and learning. Significant differences were detected on the foregoing scales for younger registered nurses, for nurses registered for less than 5 years, and for registered nurses in different employment capacities. This study draws attention to the Australian need to evaluate the effectiveness of current educational preparation for mental health nursing and the methodological difficulties in such an evaluation.

CitationsScopus - 4
1994O'Brien AP, 'Educational needs in mental health nursing. , A Short Report', Nursing Times, 90 12 (1994)
1994O'Brien AP, 'Preparation for practice for mental health nursing-a qualitative perspective.', The Australian New Zealand Journal of Mental Health Nursing, 3 95-107 (1994)
1992Heitmeyer D, O'Brien AP, 'Aboriginal education: the challenge of implementation and the need to change existing practices', Curriculum Perspectives, 12 1-7 (1992)
1992O'Brien AP, O'Brien AP, 'Violence in Mental Health Patients - A Short Report.', Nursing Times, 88 58 (1992)
1992O'Brien AP, 'A social skills model for the management of aggression in a therapeutic community', The Australian New Zealand Journal of Mental Health Nursing, 2 71-74 (1992)
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Conference (61 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2014Giles M, O'Brien AP, Pudney W, Cooper K, Ross L, Corbett L, et al., 'A partnership: improving the transitional journey for older racf residents attending outpatient clinics at Royal Newcastle Centre.', Not published, Melbourne Marriott Hotel. (2014)
2014Pathike W, O'Brien AP, Hunter S, 'Developing an understanding of rural Thai elderly resilience: An ethnography of the primary care unit (Tambon Health Promoting Hospital) subculture', 3rd Asia-Pacific International Conference on Qualitative Research in Nursing, Midwifery and Health, Newcastle, NSW Australia (2014) [E3]
Co-authorsSharyn Hunter
2014O'Brien AP, Alasmee NAN, 'The Influence of the Mental Health Theoretical Component and Clinical Placement on Nursing Student Attitudes and Future Career Choices in Australia', Proceedings of 1st international conference on Clinical Teaching / Learning in Nursing and Health Sciences, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia (2014) [E3]
2013O'Brien AP, Giles M, Parker V, Higgins I, Keatinge D, Guest E, Clancy R, 'Growing a nursing and midwifery research future in the Hunter New England Local Health District (HNELHD)', HNE Handover, Newcastle, NSW (2013) [E3]
Co-authorsRichard Clancy, Isabel Higgins
2013O'Brien AP, Giles M, McGregor M, 'Perceptions of the nurse and midwife preceptor', HNE Handover, Newcastle, NSW (2013) [E3]
2013Conrad A, O'Brien T, Hunter M, Giles M, McDermott J, Owens S, et al., 'The earlier the better: Use of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy based interventions by midwives for antenatal mothers at risk of depression and anxiety disorders', World Congress Committee for Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies, Peru (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]
Author URL
Co-authorsLouise Obrien
2012Anthony O¿Brien Michelle Giles Shane Dempsey Michelle McGregor Ashley Kable Glenda Parmenter & Vicki Parker, 'Evaluating the preceptor role for pre-registration student clinical education - the unmet educational need in clinical practice - a pilot study involving nurses and midwives' (2012) [E3]
2012Innes K, Morphet J, Munro I, O'Brien AP, Gaskin C, Reed F, Kudinoff T, 'Exploring the barriers for mental health consumers who attend the emergency department', 10th International Conference for Emergency Nurses. Conference Handbook, Hobart, Tasmania (2012) [E3]
2011Morphet J, Bloomer M, O¿Brien AP, Plummer V, Parry A, Francis-Cracknell A, McDermott S, 'Hands on Health at Monash University: A Taste of Tertiary Education Opportunities in Health Care for Indigenous Secondary School Students' (2011) [E3]
2011Jacob S, Munro I, O'Brien A, 'Are mental health nurses acting as lifeguards in preparing a safe beach for consumers of mental health servies?', INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF MENTAL HEALTH NURSING (2011) [E3]
Author URL
2010Holden CA, Groves TA, O'Brien AP, 'Engaging primary health care nurses in men's health education.', Community and Primary Health Care Nursing Conference, Alice Springs (2010) [E3]
2010Mathew S, Walsh P, Munro I, O'Brien AP, 'Sailing towards the horizon of recovery: Person-centred rehabilitation in a mental health service', Abstracts: Australian College of Mental Health Nursing 36th International Conference ¿¿Row with a team, or paddle alone¿, Grand Chancellor Hotel, Tasmania (2010) [E3]
DOI10.1111/j.1447-0349.2010.00698.x
2010Munro I, Cross W, O'Brien AP, 'Team work is essential to obtain holistic health care: Otherwise the outcome for clients is going down with the ship!', Abstracts: Australian College of Mental Health Nursing 36th International Conference ¿¿Row with a team, or paddle alone¿, Grand Chancellor Hotel, Tasmania (2010) [E3]
DOI10.1111/j.1447-0349.2010.00698.x
2010Munro I, O'Brien AP, Merrett T, 'The role of principal community mental health nurse within the development of a new model of community mental health nursing care: Bridging the gap between academia and clinical practice', Abstracts: Australian College of Mental Health Nursing 36th International Conference ¿¿Row with a team, or paddle alone¿, Grand Chancellor Hotel, Tasmania (2010) [E3]
DOI10.1111/j.1447-0349.2010.00698.x
2009Naik A, O'Brien AP, 'Group CBT approach to treatment of anxiety and depression in rural mental health settings', 10th International Mental Health Conference, Surfers Paradise (2009) [E2]
2009Liaw SY, Chen FG, Klanin P, O'Brien AP, Brammer J, Samarasekera DD, 'The use of simulated learning activity in problem-based learning to improve the clinical competency of nursing students in managing a crisis event.', 6th Asia Pacific Medical Education Conference (APMEC), Singapore (2009) [E2]
2009Liaw SY, Chen FG, Klainin P, Brammer J, O'Brien AP, Samarasekera DD, 'The integration of simulation into problem-based learning for the acquisition of clinical skills in detecting and managing clinical deterioration', AMEE 2009 ABSTRACTS, Malaga, Spain (2009) [E3]
2009O'Brien AP, Chapman Y, Porter J, Costello A, 'Developing a Registered Nurse Student Mentor Bank (RNSMB) for student nurses from indigenous, international, and mature entry backgrounds.', The Monash Transition, Retention and Progression Forum. Keynote speaker - The Hon. Julia Gillard MP., Melbourne, Victoria (2009) [E2]
2008Brammer J, O'Brien AP, 'Preceptorship - the Singapore experience in a new baccalaureate nursing programme', 11th Annual EAFONS meeting, Kaohsiung, Taiwan (2008) [E2]
2008Hong-Gu H, O'Brien AP, Ng E, Arthur DA, 'Using role play in the tutorials of therapeutic communication', 11th Annual EAFONS meeting, Kaohsiung, Taiwan (2008) [E2]
2008Zang Y, O'Brien AP, Arthur DG, Tong C, Lou F-L, 'The identification of best palliative care statements in Shandong, China', Advanced Practice Nursing in Multicultural Environments, Singapore (2008) [E2]
2008O'Brien AP, Chan MF, Cho AA, 'First pass student perceptions using the Dundee Ready Environment Education Measure (DREEM) in a new Bachelor of Science (nursing)', Nursing Leadership 2008 - Patient Centred Leadership and Management, Sydney, Australia (2008) [E2]
2008O'Brien AP, Cho AA, 'An anti-depression mental promotion initiative at the National University of Singapore', The 2008 International Conference, ¿Healthy People for a Healthy World¿, Bangkok (2008) [E2]
2008AP O, 'Doctoral research in South East Asia - connecting or disconnecting' (2008) [E3]
2007O'Brien AP, 'Monitoring mental health nursing professional development and practice', 2007 International Nursing Conference, Beijing, China (2007) [E2]
2007O'Brien AP, Chan MF, 'Using the Dundee Ready Education Environment Measure (DREEM) Inventory to Measure Student Perceptions in a Nursing Curriculum', Proceedings: Teaching and Learning in Higher Education for Developing Countries, Bandung, Indonesia (2007) [E1]
2007O¿Brien AP&A, 'The Bachelor of Science (Nursing) Degree at National University of Singapore (NUS), Leading regional Initiatives in Nurse Education' (2007)
2007Arthur DG&O, 'Key note address - Nursing Research: Regional or Global' (2007)
2007O¿Brien AP, 'The Singapore Palliative Care Project' (2007)
2006Stewart-Withers RR, O'Brien AP, 'Social capital and suicide prevention: Ideas from the Pacific', Aotearoa New Zealand International Development Studies Network Conference, Dunedin, New Zealand (2006) [E2]
2006O¿Brien A P Hampshire W J Petersen J A, 'Regional Nursing Mentor Student Support Program: A Higher Education Equity Project in Action' (2006)
2006A P O, 'Finding innovative and flexible frameworks to managing integrated university nursing curricula within the constraints of regulatory, professional and educational limitations' (2006)
2004O'Brien AP, 'Factors shaping Aboriginal mental health - an ethnographic account of growing up Koori from a Gubba perspective.', North Queensland Branch of ANZCMHN Tropical Symposium, Cairns, Queensland (2004) [E2]
2003O'Brien AP, Hardy DJ, Boddy JM, O'Brien AJ, Morrison-Ngatai E, Gaskin CJ, et al., 'The development and validation of clinical indicators for mental health nursing standards of practice in Aotearoa / New Zealand', 9th Annual National Conference on Health Outcomes: The Quest for Practice Improvement, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory (2003) [E2]
2003Boddy JM, O'Brien AP, Hardy DJ, Morrison-Ngatai E, 'Developing clinical indicators to measure professional practice in the mental health service', British Medical Association¿s Asia Pacific Forum on Quality Improvement in Health Care, Auckland, New Zealand (2003) [E2]
2003O'Brien AP, Hardy DJ, Boddy JM, 'The importance of developing specific clinical indicators for indigenous populations', National Chronic Condition Self-Management Conference, Melbourne, Victoria (2003) [E2]
2003O'Brien AP, Hardy DJ, Boddy JM, 'The Contribution Of Process Measures To Improvements In Practice And Health Outcomes.', Proceedings: Health Outcomes 2003: The Quest for Practice Improvement, Canberra (2003) [E1]
2003O¿Brien A P Hardy D J Boddy J M O¿Brien A J Morrison-Ngatai E Gaskin C J McNulty N Ryan T & Skews G, 'Clinical indicators for mental health nursing standards of practice.' (2003)
2002O'Brien AP, O'Brien AI, McNulty NG, Morrison-Ngatai L, Skews G, Ryan T, et al., 'The Aotearoa/New Zealand Clinical Indicators Project', Proceedings: Australian and New Zealand College of Mental Health Nurses Inc. International Conference, Sydney, New South Wales (2002) [E2]
2002O¿Brien A P O¿Brien AJ McNulty NG Morrison-Ngatai E Skews G Ryan T Hardy m & Gaskin CJ, 'Clinical indicator statements as performance criteria for ANZCMHN New Zealand Standards of Practice (1995): A progress report to the ANZCMHN NZ Branch.' (2002)
2000Watson P O¿Brien A P & Woods M, 'New Zealand registered nurses¿ professional self-concept and their attitudes to caring and technology as measured by the CAPSTI2' (2000)
2000O'Brien AP, O'Brien, McNulty NG, Morrison-Ngatai L, Skews G, Ryan T, 'The development of clinical indicators for mental health nursing standards of Practice in Aotearoa/New Zealand', Proceedings: Australian and New Zealand College of Mental Health Nurses Inc. International Conference, Gold Coast, Queensland. (2000) [E2]
2000O¿Brien A P, 'Combating racism in psychiatry moving toward culturally sensitive services' (2000)
1999Woods M O¿Brien A P & Watson P, O'Brien AP, Watson P, 'A nursing ethic of care: A philosophical, theoretical &and practical enigma?' (1999) [E2]
1998Ryan T, O'Brien AP, Kee N, Boddy J, 'Critical mass-clinical academic collaboration for advance practice psychiatric mental health nursing in Aotearoa New Zealand', 24th Annual Conference Australian New Zealand College of Mental Health Nurses, Fremantle, Western Australia (1998) [E2]
1998O'Brien AP, 'Koori stories of growing up - an interpretative study into youth identity and mental health in a NSW Aboriginal community - method and process', 24th Annual Conference Australian New Zealand College of Mental Health Nurses, Fremantle, Western Australia (1998) [E2]
1997O'Brien AP, 'Family perspective's related to hospitalisation for mental illness in a rural general hospital', Working Together: Rural Mental Health Conference Proceedings, . (1997) [E1]
1997O¿Brien A P Owens J McCarty M and Gilkes G, 'Preceptors and professional development - A group of papers: Needs, issues and creative solutions' (1997)
1997Cotterill LAO, 'Developing a collaborative relationship in nursing education' (1997)
1995O¿Brien A P Richardson M E & Williams J, 'Education and training outline for the Manning Base Hospital ¿rooming in program¿' (1995)
1995O¿Brien AP, 'Critical pathways and the potential benefits to undergraduate nursing students,' (1995)
1995O¿Brien A P Francis K Thornberry P, 'Nurse education in rural NSW - a temporal view, Inaugural Nursing Practice Conference' (1995)
1995O¿Brien A P Francis K Thornberry P, 'Nurse education in rural NSW Australia - a model for the future,' (1995)
1994O'Brien AP, 'International Nursing Education - hocus pocus or focus', Roselle Hospital's July Winter Symposium, Balmain, Syndey (1994)
1994Killen R Pedder M and O¿Brien A P, 'Credit transfer for nurses: how do Australian universities deal with hospital sector qualifications and experience?' (1994)
1993Arthur D Kucera R O¿Brien A P Cally R Langham J McCann T and Cook H and Stoffell P, 'An exploration of client needs and problem behaviours as perceived by juvenile justice workers and clients in the juvenile justice system of NSW' (1993)
1993O¿Brien AP, 'Preparation for practice-problems and prospects in mental health nursing' (1993)
1993Arthur D Dowling J O¿Brien A P & Sharkey R, 'In collaboration with Cook. I, and Stoffell. P. (Juvenile Justice Department) ¿Mental health nursing¿ - who needs it?' (1993)
1992O¿Brien A P and Sharkey R, 'Communication workshops an undergraduate experience using simulated patients¿' (1992)
1992A P O, 'Violence in Australian community mental health settings - a futures perspective' (1992)
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Other (5 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2014O'Brien AP, Fletcher R, Chan S, Conrad A, Jones D, Wilson A, 'CBT to address new fathers¿ depression and anxiety', ( pp.1): Family Action Centre, The University of Newcastle15th August (2014) [O1]
Co-authorsRichard Fletcher, Sally Chan
2014Pathike W, O'brien AP, Hunter S, 'The challenges experienced nursing older people in the Thai rural community; Understanding the Thai Primary Care Unit (PCU) subculture. Poster presentation at the Global eHealth research and innovation cluster showcase, NSW Australia', ( pp.-). Newcastle, NSW, Australia: University of Newcastle (2014) [O1]
Co-authorsSharyn Hunter
2014O'Brien AP, Watts W, Berringer S, Ferguson J, Paul M, 'Innovative nurse led changes for preventing Catheter Associated Urinary Tract Infection (CAUTI) - an inter professional project', ( pp.1): Rural Health and Research Conference, (2014) [O1]
2002O'Brien AP, O'Brien AJ, McNulty NG, Morrison-Ngatai E, Skews G, Ryan T, et al., 'Clinical Indicators for Mental Health Nursing Standards of Practice in Aotearoa/New Zealand: Consumer Notes Clinical Indicator Booklet.', ( pp.1). Palmerston North, New Zealand: Massey University College of Humanities and Social Sciences (2002)
2002O'Brien AP, O¿Brien AJ, McNulty NG, Morrison-Ngatai E, Skews G, Ryan T, et al., 'Clinical Indicator Statements for Mental Health Nursing Standards of Practice in Aotearoa/New Zealand: Guide to the Professional Practice Audit Questionnaire.', ( pp.1-9). Palmerston North, New Zealand: Massey University College of Humanities and Social Sciences (2002)
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Report (10 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2014O'Brien AP, Ball J, McElduff P, Giles M, Conway J, Bantawa K, 'Retention of New Graduate Nurses and Midwives NSW 2008-2012. Final Report: August 2014', This research was funded by the NSW Nursing and Midwifery Office (NaMO), NSW Ministry of Health., 133 (2014) [R1]
2012Enright C, Lovett D, Mursa R, O'Brien AP, Rizio T, Twomey J, 'Evaluation Report Primary Health Care for Men, Train-the-Trainer Pilot Project for Practice Nurses', Andrology Australia, 5 (2012)
2010O'Brien AP, Chapman Y, Gilmore G, 'Undergraduate program -Generation X curriculum development' (2010)
2008O'Brien AP, 'RTT report for the clinical practice issues in Singapore' (2008)
2003O'Brien AP, 'MNCAHS Drug and Alcohol Aboriginal service needs' (2003) [R1]
2002AP O, Hardy DJ, Boddy JM, 'Clinical Indicators for Mental Health Nursing Standards of Practice in Aotearoa/New Zealand.' (2002) [R1]
2002O'Brien AP, O¿Brien AJ, McNulty NG, Morrison-Ngatai E, Skews G, Ryan T, Hardy DJ, 'Clinical indicator statements as performance criteria for ANZCMHN New Zealand Standards of Practice (1995): A report to the 2002. Massey University, Palmerston North.', Health Research Council of New Zealand. (2002)
2001O'Brien AP, O'Brien TJ, McNulty NG, Morrison-Ngatai L, Skews G, Ryan T, et al., 'Clinical Indicators for Mental Health Nursing' (2001) [R1]
1994Killen R, Pedder M, O'Brien AP, 'Australian Vice Chancellors¿ Committee - Credit Transfer Project Nursing (phase two) Report to the nursing reference group AVCC working party on credit transfer and recognition of prior learning.', Australian Vice Chancellors¿ Committee, 15 (1994)
1994Arthur D, Bertram A, Bunda T, Cally R, Cook H, Dowling J, et al., 'Youth worker characteristics - A report on the trial of the youth worker characteristics scale in two centers in the department of juvenile justice, NSW' (1994) [R1]
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Thesis / Dissertation (2 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2001O'Brien AP, The Development of Mental Health in Koori Adolescents: Stories and Memories from their Youth., Armidale: University of New England Press, UNE library. (2001)
1994O'Brien AP, Measuring graduate attitudes to educational preparation for mental health nursing., Newcastle University (1994)
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants32
Total funding$1,576,114

Click on a grant title below to expand the full details for that specific grant.


20152 grants / $40,788

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
RoleInvestigator
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
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2015
Funding Finish2015
GNoG1500768
Type Of FundingOther Public Sector - Commonwealth
Category2OPC
UONY

20141 grants / $800

Andrology Australia 2014 Forum, Launceston Australia, 13-15 June 2014$800

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

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine
Project TeamProfessor Tony O'Brien
SchemeTravel Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2014
Funding Finish2014
GNoG1400302
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

20134 grants / $206,415

Outcomes of recruitment of newly registered nurses and midwives transition into the workforce.$151,022

Funding body: NSW Health

Funding bodyNSW Health
Project TeamProfessor Tony O'Brien, Doctor Patrick McElduff, Mrs Michelle Giles, Conjoint Associate Professor Jane Conway
SchemeNursing and Midwifery Office Research Study
RoleLead
Funding Start2013
Funding Finish2013
GNoG1201055
Type Of FundingOther Public Sector - State
Category2OPS
UONY

Does Our Bundle Stack up! Innovative nurse led changes for preventing Catheter Associated Urinary Tract Infection – (CAUTI) an inter professional project$24,800

Developing catheter insertion procedures and policies to reduce infection rates
Funding body: Hunter New England Local Health District

Funding bodyHunter New England Local Health District
Project Team
SchemeInnovation and Support Grant
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2013
Funding Finish2013
GNo
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

Customising accredited training to improve core skills for clinical supervisors of health students using an interdisciplinary approach$15,676

Health Education and Training Description: Developing a TAFE Certificate in clinical supervision for health care workers
Funding body: Hunter and Coast ICTN (Interdisciplinary Clinical Training Network)

Funding bodyHunter and Coast ICTN (Interdisciplinary Clinical Training Network)
Project Team
SchemeHealth Education and Training
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2013
Funding Finish2013
GNo
Type Of FundingOther Public Sector - State
Category2OPS
UONY

Developing a Group Based Antenatal Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (ACBT) midwife intervention for perinatal stress, anxiety and depression. $14,917

Group based comparison of CBT intervention
Funding body: Nurses and Midwives Board of New South Wales

Funding bodyNurses and Midwives Board of New South Wales
Project Team
SchemeInnovation scholarship funding
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2013
Funding Finish2014
GNo
Type Of FundingOther Public Sector - State
Category2OPS
UONY

20127 grants / $424,875

Expression of Interest Nursing and Midwifery Office - Outcomes of recruitment of newly registered nurses and midwives transition into the workforce$199,600

Workforce factors and new graduate nurses and midwives
Funding body: Nurses and Midwives Board of New South Wales

Funding bodyNurses and Midwives Board of New South Wales
Project Team
SchemeCategory 5 Scholarship
RoleLead
Funding Start2012
Funding Finish2013
GNo
Type Of FundingExternal
CategoryEXTE
UONY

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)

Funding bodyHETI (Health Education and Training Institute)
Project TeamProfessor Tony O'Brien, Conjoint Associate Professor Jane Conway, Conjoint Professor Louise O'Brien
SchemeNSW Clinical Supervision Support Project (CSSP)
RoleLead
Funding Start2012
Funding Finish2012
GNoG1200840
Type Of FundingOther Public Sector - State
Category2OPS
UONY

Improving student orientation for clinical placements. $87,000

Developing an online education orientation package for mental health nursing clinical placement orientation
Funding body: HETI (Health Education and Training Institute)

Funding bodyHETI (Health Education and Training Institute)
Project Team
SchemeNSW Clinical Supervision Support Project (CSSP)
RoleLead
Funding Start2012
Funding Finish2013
GNo
Type Of FundingExternal
CategoryEXTE
UONY

Ambulatory Care$14,998

Evaluating the aspects of outpatient care for the older patient
Funding body: NSW Health

Funding bodyNSW Health
Project Team
SchemeNursing and Midwifery Office Research Study
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2012
Funding Finish2013
GNo
Type Of FundingExternal
CategoryEXTE
UONY

Evaluating the preceptor role for pre-registration student clinical education – the unmet educational need in university wide clinical practice – a pilot study $9,993

Students undertaking health professional programs (currently around 13 programs just within the Faculty of Health) are required to spend considerable time on professional placement with qualified staff (preceptors) to complete the technical and practical parts of their degree programs. The university–professional placement nexus is extremely complex, and includes the various expectations of academic staff, clinical preceptors and students with regard to the preparation for placement and the conduct and evaluation of students on placement. Preceptors play an enormous role in the education of health students, and as such their feedback is critical to enable programs to better prepare students for placement. Students have identified in SFCs a mismatch between the expectations of the university and preceptors. In this study preceptors will be surveyed using the validated Clinical Preceptor Experience Evaluation Tool (CPEET) to develop a base line appreciation of preceptor educational needs and workplace pressures when precepting students. The project will benefit the university and its industry partners by providing critical information to enable programs to better plan for placement, and allow students to approach their placement with a better appreciation of workplace and preceptor educational expectations. Such an understanding of the precepting student nexus will provide a resource of expert advice available across the university and build a group of champions focused on the continuous improvement of the clinical learning curricula environment. This first phase project will concentrate on nursing and midwifery due to the large numbers of students undertaking placement and the large sample of preceptors available.
Funding body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine
Project Team
SchemePilot Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2012
Funding Finish2012
GNo
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

PRCHB support package application HMRI for the refinement of NHMRC application, Asking the people, asking the communities$3,300

The development and evaluation of a model of Aboriginal palliative care in the Hunter New England Local Health District (HNELHD)
Funding body: Hunter New England Local Health District

Funding bodyHunter New England Local Health District
Project Team
SchemeProject Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2012
Funding Finish2012
GNo
Type Of FundingExternal
CategoryEXTE
UONY

Ambulatory Care, Nursing Midwifery Office $800

Funding body: Ambulatory Care

Funding bodyAmbulatory Care
Project Team
SchemeFred Gordon Scholarship
RoleLead
Funding Start2012
Funding Finish2012
GNo
Type Of FundingExternal
CategoryEXTE
UONY

20115 grants / $53,951

Pathways to care exploring the barriers for mental health consumers who attend Emergency Department$30,000

Funding body: Victorian Department of Health

Funding bodyVictorian Department of Health
Project Team
SchemeProject Grant
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2011
Funding Finish2011
GNo
Type Of FundingExternal
CategoryEXTE
UONY

Utilisation of e-learning to enhance education for undergraduate health care students$11,500

To implement a new online delivery unit of study focusing on research methods for undergraduate students in partnership with Pearson Australia.
Funding body: Monash University

Funding bodyMonash University
Project Team
SchemeMonash faculty enhancement funding
RoleLead
Funding Start2011
Funding Finish2011
GNo
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

Improving student orientation for clinical placements$10,000

Clinical Supervision Support Program (CSSP): (2012), Improving student orientation for clinical placements. Expression of Interest Prepared by Conjoint Associate Professor Jane Conway and Associate Professor Anthony O’Brien on behalf of the Faculty of Health at the University of Newcastle – Health Education Training Institute (HETI) $87,000 – funded. Principal investigator.
Funding body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine
Project Team
SchemePilot Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2011
Funding Finish2012
GNo
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

Barriers and Enablers of Research Utilization in Nursing$2,450

This project collected widespread RN opinion about the extent of barriers and enablers to nurse led research in the Peninsula Health Service
Funding body: Peninsula Health Small Research Grant

Funding bodyPeninsula Health Small Research Grant
Project Team
SchemeSmall Grants
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2011
Funding Finish2011
GNo
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

Evaluating the preceptor role in pre-registration nursing student clinical education $1

Understanding the student preceptor nexus in clinical education in the field.
Funding body: Non Funded

Funding bodyNon Funded
Project Team
SchemeEthics Approval
RoleLead
Funding Start2011
Funding Finish2011
GNo
Type Of FundingNot Known
CategoryUNKN
UONY

20081 grants / $451,792

executive training and 'training-of-trainers' programmes for 160 nurse leaders and teachers from St Paul University Manila and Angeles University Foundation $451,792

10. Arthur, D., O’Brien. A.P. Phang. Chew Hun. & Chapman, A. (2008). Temasek Foundation (TF) Board of Directors approved a joint proposal submitted by NUS Alice Lee Centre for Nursing Studies and Ngee Ann Polytechnic School of Health Sciences for a one-time grant in an amount not exceeding S$593,760 (of which S$270,220 will go to NUS and S$323,540 to NP). The purpose of this grant is to conduct executive training and 'training-of-trainers' programmes for 160 nurse leaders and teachers from St Paul University Manila and Angeles University Foundation that will take place from October 2008 to August 2011.
Funding body: Temasek

Funding bodyTemasek
Project Team
SchemeCapacity building
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2008
Funding Finish2011
GNo
Type Of FundingExternal
CategoryEXTE
UONY

20072 grants / $10,962

The effect of simulation-based learning on undergraduate nursing students’ clinical competency in crisis management$5,481

Innovative model of problem based learning and teaching using simulation manikins and problem based learning.
Funding body: National University of Singapore

Funding bodyNational University of Singapore
Project Team
SchemeInternal Teaching Enhancement Grant
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2007
Funding Finish2008
GNo
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

Video development for improving Therapeutic Communication teaching, National University of Singapore$5,481

Developing culturally specific videos of interpersonal communication skills for undergraduate nursing students
Funding body: National University of Singapore

Funding bodyNational University of Singapore
Project Team
SchemeInternal Teaching Enhancement Grant
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2007
Funding Finish2007
GNo
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

20062 grants / $126,446

Developing Computerised Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CCBT) As A Web-based Intervention Mental Health Promotion Program for NUS Students$74,637

Developed an online CBT program to screen university students for suicide and depression.
Funding body: National University of Singapore

Funding bodyNational University of Singapore
Project Team
SchemeStartup Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2006
Funding Finish2008
GNo
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

Integrative Counselling by Nurse Midwives for women @risk of postnatal depression in Singapore $51,809

Nurse led intervention for depression using brief CBT techniques
Funding body: National University of Singapore

Funding bodyNational University of Singapore
Project Team
SchemeStartup Grant
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2006
Funding Finish2008
GNo
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

20043 grants / $23,733

Registered Nurse Mentor Student Support Program (RNMSS):$19,133

Developing a mentor model of support by Registered Nurses for undergraduate students from TAFE and higher education in the MId North Coast of NSW.
Funding body: Southern Cross University

Funding bodySouthern Cross University
Project Team
SchemeShared
RoleLead
Funding Start2004
Funding Finish2004
GNo
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

Establishing and validating women’s health promotion needs in Gestational Diabetes – understanding multicultural viewpoints. $3,100

Doran, F. & O’Brien, A.P. (2007). ‘A brief report of attitudes towards physical activity during pregnancy - health promotion considerations’, Australian Journal of Health Promotion, 18(2), 155-158.
Funding body: Southern Cross University

Funding bodySouthern Cross University
Project Team
SchemeShared
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2004
Funding Finish2004
GNo
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

Discussion document- Articulation pathways between the Bachelor of Nursing/SCU, other SCU awards, TAFE and HSC Senior College/CHEC$1,500

Outlining articulation pathways between TAFE and HIgher Education for Nursing and Midwifery
Funding body: CHEC Executive Committee

Funding bodyCHEC Executive Committee
Project Team
SchemeCurriculum Development
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start2004
Funding Finish2004
GNo
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

20031 grants / $4,818

Refining the Professional Practice Audit Questionnaire (PPAQ) for mental health nurses in Australia $4,818

Administering a professional practice audit questionnaire to mental health nurses, derived from a Clinical Indicators study.
Funding body: Southern Cross University

Funding bodySouthern Cross University
Project Team
SchemeRecruitment Grant for Established Researchers Southern Cross University Research Training Advisory Committee,
RoleLead
Funding Start2003
Funding Finish2003
GNo
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

19991 grants / $204,714

The development and validation of clinical indicators for mental health nursing practice in New Zealand. $204,714

National Health Research Council grant to develop Clinical Indicators and audit New Zealand mental health agencies
Funding body: NHMRC (National Health & Medical Research Council)

Funding bodyNHMRC (National Health & Medical Research Council)
Project Team
SchemeHealth Research
RoleLead
Funding Start1999
Funding Finish2003
GNo
Type Of FundingInternational - Competitive
Category3IFA
UONY

19932 grants / $25,220

AVCC Working Party on Credit Transfer and Recognition of Prior Learning.$25,000

Funding body: Australian Vice-Chancellors` Committee

Funding bodyAustralian Vice-Chancellors` Committee
Project TeamAssociate Professor Lindsay Killen, Marilyn Pedder, Professor Tony O'Brien
SchemeNursing Credit Transfer Project
RoleInvestigator
Funding Start1993
Funding Finish1993
GNoG0174290
Type Of FundingContract - Aust Non Government
Category3AFC
UONY

'Mental Health Nurses - Setting the Agenda', Hyatt Kingsgate Sydney, 6 - 9 September 1993$220

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamProfessor Tony O'Brien
SchemeTravel Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start1993
Funding Finish1993
GNoG0174412
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

19881 grants / $1,600

The professional and technological influences on the caring practices of nurses: An International collaborative study.$1,600

Funding body: Massey University

Funding bodyMassey University
Project Team
SchemeMassey University Research Fund
RoleLead
Funding Start1988
Funding Finish2000
GNo
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY
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Research Supervision

Current Supervision

CommencedResearch Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2014To What Extent Does the Undergraduate Comprehensive Nursing Curriculum at Australian Universities Prepare Students to Work in Mental Health Nursing?
Nursing, Faculty of Health and Medicine
Principal Supervisor
2013An Ethnographic Study of the Subculture of Chaay Rak Chaay (Gay Men) in Thailand from a Nursing Perspective
Nursing, Faculty of Health and Medicine
Principal Supervisor
2013Developing a Theoretical Perspective on Thai Families of Pregnant Teenagers - A Grounded Theory Nursing Study
Nursing, Faculty of Health and Medicine
Principal Supervisor
2012An Ethnographic Study to Understand the Concept of Rural Thai Elderly Resilience: Rural Elderly and Community Nurses Perspectives
Nursing, Faculty of Health and Medicine
Principal Supervisor
2011A mixed method study on the needs of Saudi families and their involvement in the healthcare process – ICU.
Nursing, Monash University
Co-Supervisor
2011Exploring the meaning of Recovery: Lived experience of Mental health consumers
Nursing, Monash University
Co-Supervisor

Past Supervision

YearResearch Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2011'Factors Influencing Undergraduate Nursing Students' Attitudes Towards Paediatric Nursing''
Nursing, Monash University
Sole Supervisor
2011Indigenous grief and loss
Nursing, Southern Cross University
Principal Supervisor
2011Perceptions of Nursing Students Regarding the Mental Health Clinical Learning Environment
Nursing, Monash University
Co-Supervisor
2011Mental health clinical placement and undergraduate nursing students' career choice'
Nursing, Monash University
Principal Supervisor
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Professor Tony O'Brien

Position

Professor
Nursing and Midwifery
School of Nursing and Midwifery
Faculty of Health and Medicine

Focus area

Nursing

Contact Details

Emailtony.obrien@newcastle.edu.au
Phone(02) 4985 4368
Mobile044 894 1943

Office

RoomRW 227 Richardson Wing
BuildingRichardson Wing University of Newcastle
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