Mental health, addictions nurses gather

Three of the speakers at a mental health and addictions nurses’ forum held in Dunedin this week...
Three of the speakers at a mental health and addictions nurses’ forum held in Dunedin this week are (from left) Prof Dawn Freshwater, Prof Megan-Jane Johnstone and Gemma Griffin. Photo: Gerard O'Brien.
More than 100 mental health and addictions nurses gathered in Dunedin this week for a national forum.

Themes at the two-day forum included the use of technology in mental health, the ethics of enforced treatment, and trends in international human rights.

Held at Knox College, the event’s keynote speakers included the senior deputy vice-chancellor of the University of Western Australia, Prof Dawn Freshwater, the Academic Chair in Nursing at Deakin University, Melbourne, Prof Megan-Jane Johnstone, and a former mental health and addictions portfolio manager at Southern District Health Board, Gemma Griffin, of Dunedin, who is now a consultant.

Staff at the Southern District Health Board, Otago Polytechnic and the University of Otago worked together to plan the two-day forum, which finished yesterday.

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