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Contact Details

  Street address:
Level 11, KGV Building
Missenden Road
Postal address:
Post Office Box M30
Missenden Road NSW 2050

Phone: (02) 9515-6111
Fax: (02) 9515-9610

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Mental Health

Our Research

The Mental Health Nursing Research Department has a number of current and recently completed research projects.  Ongoing projects include:

  • Inpatient Consumer Experiences of Care
  • Consumer experiences of smoking cessation
  • Solution Focussed Brief Therapy Workshops for Nurses
  • Primary Carer Experiences of Care
  • Consumer experiences of Collaborative Care Planning
  • Doctors Involvement in Ward based Quality Improvement
  • Reflective Practice Groups for Nurses
  • ACS service users and referral criteria
  • Evaluating Violence Prevention and Management training
  • Trauma Informed Care Evaluation
  • Adolescent experiences of Rivendell Unit
  • Evaluation of a community health clinic
  • Evaluation of REACH in a MH setting
  • Evaluation of transition program.

Key Achievements

The mental health nursing research department has ongoing commitments to multidisciplinary collaborations, supporting clinician researchers and evaluating practice. A nursing Research Interest Group runs bi-monthly. An annual mental health multidisciplinary research symposium is held. Individual mentoring and support is provided.

Research Staff

  • Sophie Isobel, Clinical Nurse Consultant Quality, Ethics, Research
  • Timothy Wand, Associate Professor

Higher Degree Students:


  • Cynthia Delgado
  • Sophie Isobel

Publications and Presentations

Publication Details:
  1. Isobel, S., Meehan, F., & Pretty, D. (2016). An emotional awareness based parenting group for parents with mental illness: a mixed methods feasibility study of community mental health nurse facilitation. Archives of Psychiatric Nursing 30, 35–40
  2. Portelli, M., White, B., Wand, T., Haber, P. S., & Glozier, N. (2016). Nurse specialling: Direct nursing observation in the emergency department compared to other wards of an urban teaching hospital in sydney. Australasian Psychiatry, doi:10.1177/1039856215626645.
  3. Wand, T., D’Abrew, N., Acret, L., & White, K. (2016). Evaluating a new model of nurse–led emergency department mental health care in australia; perspectives of key informants. International Emergency Nursing, 24, 16-21. doi:10.1016/j.ienj.2015.05.003
  4. Isobel, S., Edwards, C. (2016). Using trauma informed care as a nursing model of care in an acute inpatient mental health unit: a practice development process. International Journal of Mental Health Nursing. (early view online).
  5. Isobel, S., Pretty, D., & Meehan, F. (2016). ‘They are the children of our clients, they are our responsibility’: a phenomenological evaluation of a school holiday program for children of adult clients of a mental health service. Advances in Mental Health, 1-15
  6. Isobel, S., Clenaghan, P., 2016. Community Treatment Orders (CTOs): a demographic cross–sectional analysis. Australasian Psychiatry 24, 272–277
  7. McCloughen, A., Foster, K., Kerley, D., Delgado, C., Turnell, A. (2016). Physical health and well-being: Experiences and perspectives of young adult mental health consumers. International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, 25(4), 299-307

  1. ACMHN 2016 international mental health nursing conference : Susan Miles How do we protect & advocate a mother’s culture whilst experiencing an acute inpatient admission: Mia’s story
  2. ACMHN 2016 international mental health nursing conference: Kurt Andersson-Noorgard Improving immunological markers in individuals living with HIV and a mental illness
  3. McCloughen, A., &Delgado,C.  How do people use emotional intelligence to manage poor behaviour? AUSMED Conference "Pathological behaviours in the workplace".
  4. 17th International Mental Health Conference. Pretty, D., Meehan , F. Isobel, S. School Holiday Program for children of adult mental health service users.
  5. SLHD MH research symposium: Inpatient experiences of care. Isobel, S.
  6. SLHD MH research symposium: ACS Referrals. Beeson, D.
  7. SLHD MH research symposium: School holiday program. Pretty, D., Meehan, F.

Contact: Ms Clair Edwards, Ms Sophie Isobel and Dr Tim Wand

Contact details for department

Department/Unit: Mental Health
Sydney Local Health District
Missenden Road
Camperdown NSW 2050
Web: slhd-intranet.sswahs.nsw.gov.au/slhd/mhealth/research.html
Email: MH.Research@health.nsw.gov.au