Community Mental Health Nurse

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A Community Mental Health Nurse provides initial assessments and ongoing nursing care to patients with mental health illness, disorder and dysfunction, and those experiencing emotional difficulties, distress and crisis. Community mental health nurses work closely with other health professions to gain the best outcomes for these vulnerable groups and liaise with the patient’s family. Work settings are varied and include health, welfare and aged care facilities, correctional services, as well as other areas within the community.

Community Mental Health Nurses require qualifications as a Registered Nurse and will usually require postgraduate qualification in Mental Health Nursing. Queensland is the only state in Australia that recognises endorsement in Mental Health Nursing, though across Australia it is often encouraged that a postgraduate program is completed.