Mental health

Our researchers focus on understanding and improving outcomes for individuals experiencing mental illness, supporting service providers, consumers and families, and fostering mental health. Improving physical health outcomes through a collaboration with Cockburn Central Health Clinics is a key area of research.

 

Mental health.
Mental health.

Physical health for people with mental health issues

We seek to understand and improve outcomes for individuals experiencing mental illness, support service providers, consumers and families, and foster mental health. There is a strong focus on improving physical health outcomes through a collaboration with Cockburn Central Health Clinics.

 

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Professor Dianne Wynaden RN, MHN, PhD, FACMHN

Professor Wynaden’s research areas include the use of restrictive practices in acute mental health settings, Aboriginal mental health, physical health in people with mental illness, non-suicidal self-harm, falls, forensic mental health, mental health in primary care settings and mental health nursing in acute inpatient settings.

Associate Professor Karen Heslop RN, MHN, PhD, MACMHN

Associate Professor Heslop’s research areas include the physical health in people with mental illness, the effects of mild cognitive impairment and drug and alcohol use disorders in people with mental disorders, mild cognitive impairment, dementia and falls in older adults, mental health nursing in primary care and acute inpatient mental health settings, the use of restrictive practices, non-suicidal self-harm and the use of simulation in mental health nursing education.

Dr Shirley McGough RN, MHN, PhD, MACMHN

Dr McGough’s research explores cultural safety in mental health care, the physical health of people with mental illness and interventions to reduce hazardous alcohol and substance use in people with mental illness in the primary care setting. She is involved in several other projects including self-harm presentations to emergency departments and implementing mental health related simulation into nursing curricula. 

Dr Irene Ngune RN, MHN, PhD, MACMHN

Dr Ngune’s research areas include the role of primary care in the care of patients with mental illness and cancer; presentations to emergency department for people living with a mental illness; role of the nurse in coordination of care for patients with cancer; and case-based simulation to enhance mental health learning in nursing undergraduate nursing curricula 

Mr Eric Lim RN, PhD candidate, MACMHN

Mr Lim’s research areas include promoting mental health recovery, reducing consumer aggression, and improving nursing practice in acute mental health including forensic mental health settings. His PhD research is exploring the nurses’ beliefs, attitudes, knowledge and skills of facilitating recovery-focused care to reduce aggression in order to facilitate a cultural change in acute mental health settings.

Associate Professor Omar Al Omari RN, PhD– (Sultan Qaboos University, Oman) – Adjunct research fellow (Curtin University)

Associate Professor Omar Al Omari completed his PhD at Curtin University as an international student and returned to Jordan to work at Jerash University. He now holds an Associate Professor position at Sultan Qaboos University in Oman. His specialty areas are youth mental health, smoking and other drug use in university students and cancer in young people.