Mental health


Good mental health is associated with a sense of wellbeing, confidence and self-esteem. It enables us to fully enjoy and appreciate other people, day-to-day life and our environment. Nurses are the largest professional group in the mental health workforce, which places them at the forefront to lead the way in improving and providing effective mental health care.

At Sydney Nursing School, we work with clients, their families, nurses, psychologists and other services to conduct research that will support recovery from mental health disorders.

In early 2016, Sydney Nursing School Professor Niels Buus was formally appointed as St Vincent’s Chair of Mental Health Nursing. The position will support the development of new models of mental health care across St Vincent’s Private Hospital Sydney, St Vincent’s Hospital and the University of Sydney.

In collaboration with national and international researchers and industry partners our program of research is focused in three key areas of health policy and research priority:

  • Prevention and early intervention with at-risk groups (eg children and families living with mental illness)
  • Preventing and/or managing co-associated physical and mental health/illness (eg physical health of people with mental illness)
  • Developing the capacity of the health workforce (eg building capacity to manage challenging interpersonal health care situations).

Our research

Mental illness and recovery

Mr Toby Raeburn's research investigates personal recovery models for people with chronic and severe mental illness.