"Psychiatric services and the role of the nurse in Australia" [Special feature Part 1]

Thornton, Robert N., Elder, Ruth L., & Chapman, Helen M. (2005) "Psychiatric services and the role of the nurse in Australia" [Special feature Part 1]. Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing, 8(3), pp. 84-90.

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Over recent decades Australia and Japan have enjoyed strong economic and educational links. As a result of this relationship information regarding health care practice’s including psychiatric services, in both countries has been exchanged through international visits and through formal study tours. Psychiatric services and the role of nurses within Australia are described in this paper to enhance the relationship between Australia and Japan by providing insight for Japanese psychiatric staff across all disciplines, especially nursing. This article provides a brief description of Australia to provide readers with the context in which this article is written and the prevalence of mental health diseases in Australia. The remaining sections will examine the present state of psychiatric services in Australia, the role and functions undertaken by registered nursing staff, and the educational system and programs preparing both generalist and specialized registered nurses. Finally, educational pathways by which students from other countries, including Japan, can gain basic and or additional qualifications, especially in the area of psychiatric nursing, are presented

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ID Code: 5555
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Psychiatric mental health nursing roles, functions, nurse education, Australia, Japan
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > NURSING (111000)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2005 Igaku-Shoin
Copyright Statement: Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Deposited On: 24 Nov 2006 00:00
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 12:35

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