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Mental health nurses plan year ahead.

The national committee of NZNO's Mental Health Nurses' Section met in Wellington late last month. The committee is made up of four new people and four past members. I feel privileged to be able to work with such a diverse and passionate group of professionals. All the members reflect a level of commitment and dedication towards nursing that will stand our section in good stead to effectively contribute to mental health nursing nationally.

This was the first meeting of the new committee and was an excellent opportunity to meet each other, share ideas and get to know everyone's different strengths and the specific skill sets we bring to the committee. We were very fortunate to have professional nursing adviser (PNA) Susanne Trim giving us support and guidance. Over the two-day meeting we developed an annual plan and gathered enough information for a financial report to present to NZNO's board of directors. Other projects include a national mental health conference, provisionally planned to be held in Auckland in October. We are Lucky to have the services of Auckland mental health nurse Frikkie Botha, who has successfully organised and coordinated two previous conferences in Auckland. We are to hold the section annual general meeting at the same time, which will give members an opportunity to have input into issues that concern them.

The committee is going to produce a quarterly newsletter on issues that affect our section and mental health nursing. In the first issue we are inviting members to submit comments or brief stories that could be of interest to the wider membership. After all, the committee is only a very small representation of the more than 500 members we have and the newsletter will be a great place to celebrate success. We invite nurses who have an interest in mental health to join our section and anyone who wishes to receive more information can contact our membership co-ordinator, Kathy Corcoran at or myself at

Report by section chair Michael Eastwood
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Author:Eastwood, Michael
Publication:Kai Tiaki: Nursing New Zealand
Geographic Code:8NEWZ
Date:Feb 1, 2006
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