RN, MN(NP-MH) GDipHSc(Nursing) UWS Phase I CertMentalHealth WSAHS, ACMHN MHCLNA
Cynthia joined Sydney Nursing School at the University of Sydney in late 2009 in a conjoint position to the now Sydney Local Health District (Royal Prince Alfred Hospital), working in the role of Clinical Nurse Consultant in Consultation Liaison Mental Health within the general hospital setting. Cynthia is a registered nurse with over 20 years experience in mental health nursing and has practised in the acute and rehabilitation inpatient settings, community and the emergency department. Her areas of interest include holistic and integrated nursing care practices with a focus on the interface between physical and mental health; mental health and risk assessment; emotional intelligence; and clinical supervision for nurses.
Cynthia’s research interests include:
- the co-association between physical illness and mental health
- mental health education and promotion for health professionals and the community
- carer and consumer participation and the recovery process
- advance care practices in mental health
- clinical supervision for nurses
- holistic approaches to nursing care
McCloughen, A., Foster, K., Huws-Thomas, M., & Delgado, C. (2012). Physical health and wellbeing of emerging and young adults with mental disorder: An integrative review of international literature. International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, 21, 274–288.
Areas of teaching and expertise
Cynthia’s areas of teaching include:
- mental health nursing
- interpersonal communication
- therapeutic interventions
- integrated approaches to caring for the individual as a whole person
- comprehensive physical and mental health assessment and risk assessment
- clinical documentation
Conference presentations/Workshop facilitation
“Finding Common Ground: Teaching Mental Health Assessment to Registered Nurses in Clinical Postgraduate Nursing Programs” at the Australian College of Mental Health Nurses International Conference
“Psychiatric Emergency Care Centres – The Liverpool Hospital Story”, Mental Health Nurses Forum, NSW Nurses’ Association
Risk Assessment in Mental Health Workshop, Sydney South West Area Health Service
“Dealing with Difficult Behaviours in the Emergency Department”, Sydney South West Area Health Service
Mental Health in the Community – Workshop Series for NGOs, Sydney West Area Health Service (formerly, Western Sydney Area Health Service)
Mental Health and the Hispanic Community – Workshop Series for the Spanish Women’s Health Group, Sydney West Area Health Service (formerly, Western Sydney Area Health Service)
Cynthia is a member of the Australian College of Mental Health Nurses and an executive member of the Mental Health Consultation Liaison Nurses Association.
Her areas of teaching include mental health nursing; interpersonal communication; therapeutic interventions; comprehensive physical and mental health assessment and risk assessment.