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Curtin University
Health Sciences

Professor Dianne Wynaden

Professor Dianne Wynaden Professor Dianne Wynaden

RN, RMHN, MHN, Dip. Aromatherapy, Grad Dip Health Sciences, MSc (HSC), PhD (Chancellor’s commendation), MACMHN.

Position Professor, Mental Health
Faculty Health Sciences
School School of Nursing & Midwifery
Campus Bentley Campus
Location 405.432
Phone +618 9266 2203
Fax +618 9266 2959

Brief Summary

Dianne is Professor (Mental Health) at the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Curtin University and Curtin Health Innovation Research Institute. She is a registered nurse, credentialed mental health nurse and a Fellow of the Australian College of Mental Health Nurses Inc. She completed general and mental health nurse education programs and holds a Degree in Nursing (Education). She has a Master of Science (Health Sciences) and a PhD (Chancellor’s commendation) from Curtin University. She is on the Editorial Board of three peer reviewed journals, an international grant reviewer and is also a member of Curtin University Human Research Ethics Committee. In 2013 she was the Australian Mental Health Nurse of the Year awarded by the Australian College of Mental Health Nurses Inc. She was also awarded the Vice Chancellor's Award for Research Support in 2013.


Dianne has over twelve years experience in completing health services research and works two days per week as a research consultant with Fremantle Mental Health Services and the WA State Forensic Mental Health Services. She is also an Adjunct Senior Research Consultant with Fremantle Hospital. She has given keynote addresses and presentations at national and international conferences. Dianne has been on several expert reference groups established in the area of mental health at both state and national level and has been recognised by the Western Australian Chief Nursing Officer in 2005 for her leadership to the profession of nursing. In 2009 she was awarded the Eminent Scientist of the Year – Australia – Nursing and Mental Health by the World Scientist Forum and International Research Promotion Council. She has published extensively in the scientific literature. Since 2003 she has attracted over $2.9 million in research funding and $1.46 million in educational tenders. She has experience in the supervision of Higher Degree by Research students.

 In 2011, Dianne was appointed for a three year term to the Western Australian Mental Health Advisory Council. The Minister of Mental Health announced the members of the State’s first Mental Health Advisory Council on Thursday 2nd June 2011. The Council members will provide high-level independent advice to the Mental Health Commissioner on issues affecting mental health care.


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Memberships, Awards and Training

2013 Australian College of MHN Inc- Australian Mental Health Nurse of the Year

2013 Vice Chancellor’s 2013 Excellence and Innovation Award – Research Support

2013 Finalist in McCusker Charitable Foundation Award for Excellence in the Western Australian Mental Health Sector

Member of Curtin University Human Research Ethics Committee (2007- 2014)

Member of the Western Australian Mental Health Advisory Council providing independent advice to the WA Commissioner of Mental Health 2011-

Member of the Mental Health Nurse Education Taskforce Implementation group (A sub-committee of the national Mental Health Workforce Advisory Committee) 2009-

Deputy Chair South Metropolitan Area Health Service – Mental Health Nursing Research Committee 2010-


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Higher Degree by Research supervison

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Research Interests

  • Health services research
  • Mental Health
  • Mental health nursing
  • Primary care services
  • Ethics
  • Qualitative and quantitative research
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Specialty Areas

Ethical issues in health research

Mental health

Nursing Education

Qualitative Research HDR supervison

Research consultancy

Education consultancy

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Journal Articles (Research)

  • Happell, B., L. Byrne, M. McAllister, D. Lampshire, C. Roper, C. J. Gaskin, G. Martin, D. G. Wynaden, B. McKenna, R. Lakeman et al. 2014. “Consumer involvement in the tertiary-level education of mental health professionals: A systematic review.” International Journal of Mental Health Nursing 23: 3-16.
  • Al Omari, O., and D. G. Wynaden. 2014. “The psychosocial exprience of adolescents with haematological malignancies in Jordan: an interpretive phenomenological analysis study.” The Scientific World Journal X: 1-7.


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  • Wynaden, D. G., R. Chapman, S. McGowan, S. Mcdonough, M. P. Finn, and S. Hood. 2003. “Emergency department mental health triage consultancy service: a qualitative evaluation.” Accident and Emergency Nursing 11: 158-165.
  • Mcdonough, S., D. G. Wynaden, M. P. Finn, S. McGowan, R. Chapman, and S. Gray. 2003. “Emergency Department Mental Health Triage and Consultancy Service: An advanced practice role for mental health nurses.” Contemporary Nurse 14 (2): 138-144.
  • Downie, J. M., D. G. Wynaden, S. McGowan, D. Juliff, C. Axten, L. Fitzpatrick, S. Ogilvie, and S. Painter. 2003. “Using the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale to achieve best practice standards.” Nursing and Health Sciences 5: 283-287.


Journal Articles (Research)

  • Zeeman, Z., R. Chapman, D. G. Wynaden, S. McGowan, M. Lewis, J. Austin, and M. P. Finn. 2002. “Community mental health care: Documenting the role of the nurse.” Contemporary Nurse 12 (2): 112-123.
  • Wynaden, D. G., R. Chapman, S. McGowan, C. Holmes, P. Ash, and A. Boschman. 2002. “Through the eye of the beholder: To seclude or not to seclude.” International Journal of Mental Health Nursing 11 (4): 260-268.


Journal Articles (Research)

  • Orb, A., P. S. Davis, D. G. Wynaden, and M. F. Davey. 2001. “Best practice in psychogeriatric care.” Aust and NZ Journal of Mental Health Nursing 10 (1): 10-19.
  • Orb, A., D. G. Wynaden, and S. McGowan. 2001. “Are Australian nurses professionally prepared to meet the challenges of working with mentally ill clients.” Australian Electronic Journal of Nursing Education 7 (2): 1-6.
  • Orb, A., and D. G. Wynaden. 2001. “Cross- cultural communication and health care practice.” Australian Journal of Holistic Nursing 8 (2): 31-38.
  • Wynaden, D. G., S. McGowan, R. Chapman, D. Castle, P. Lau, C. Headford, and M. P. Finn. 2001. “Types of patients in a psychiatric intensive care unit.” Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry 35 (6): 841-845.
  • Orb, A., L. Eisenhauer, and D. G. Wynaden. 2001. “Ethics in Qualitative Research.” Journal of Nursing Scholarship 33 (1): 93-96.

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Journal Articles (Scholarly/Professional)

  • Wynaden, D. G. 2006. “Guest editorial: Reflections on mental health nursing education.” Contemporary Nurse 21 (1): 117-119.
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