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McInnes, Susan Dr.

Lecturer

  • Lecturer - University of Wollongong 2017 -

Overview


Sue was awarded her doctorate in 2017 and she is now an early career researcher and lecturer in the School of Nursing at the University of Wollongong. As an active early career researcher, Sue has multiple peer-reviewed publications in high impact national and international journals. Each publication reports research in Primary Health Care (PHC) and in particular to exploring workforce issues and the role of nurses working in general practice.

Sues’ research has had significant impact on policy and clinical practice. Most recently, she has been involved in the development of mental health standards for nurses in Australian general practice. These standards have informed the development of a mental health education program designed specifically for registered nurses working in general practice to consolidate and enhance their skills around mental health care. This workforce development is likely to improve outcomes around mental health for patients and their communities.

Top Publications


Selected Publications


Impact Story


  • The Mental Health Practice Standards for nurses in Australian General Practice support the delivery of stepped mental health care by nurses working in general practice and other primary care settings. The Standards provide an important framework for general practice nurses to self-assess their professional development needs to ensure that consumer mental health needs are met. Further, the Standards provide an evidenced base framework enabling the Australian College of Mental Health Nurses to develop CPD eLearning modules for primary care nurses. Each module empowers these nurses to develop knowledge, skills and confidence about mental health and incorporate these into their day-to-day practice.<br /><p>The program includes 6 x 1 hour modules, which general practice nurses can complete in single or multiple sessions. Modules include:</p><p><strong>Module 1:</strong> About mental health</p><p><strong>Module 2:</strong> About mental illness and ways to engage</p><p><strong>Module 3:</strong> Therapeutic approaches for everyday practice</p><p><strong>Module 4:</strong> Mental health assessment, risk assessment and (care) planning <em><br /></em></p><p><strong>Module 5:</strong> Referral, documentation and care coordination<strong><br /></strong></p><p><strong>Module 6: </strong>Knowledge to Practice (This new module uses practice-based examples to explore and expand on strategies described in <strong>Modules 1 to 5</strong>)</p>

Advisees


  • Graduate Advising Relationship

    Degree Research Title Advisee
    Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated) Examining activity within Australian general practice James, Sharon
    Doctor of Philosophy An RCT of a Hypertension Management Intervention in General Practice Stephen, Catherine
    Doctor of Philosophy Developing a Primary Health Care Workforce: Understanding Perceptions of a PHC Career Path Calma, Kaara Ray

Web Of Science Researcher Id


  • V-8660-2018

Top Publications


Selected Publications


Impact Story


  • The Mental Health Practice Standards for nurses in Australian General Practice support the delivery of stepped mental health care by nurses working in general practice and other primary care settings. The Standards provide an important framework for general practice nurses to self-assess their professional development needs to ensure that consumer mental health needs are met. Further, the Standards provide an evidenced base framework enabling the Australian College of Mental Health Nurses to develop CPD eLearning modules for primary care nurses. Each module empowers these nurses to develop knowledge, skills and confidence about mental health and incorporate these into their day-to-day practice.<br /><p>The program includes 6 x 1 hour modules, which general practice nurses can complete in single or multiple sessions. Modules include:</p><p><strong>Module 1:</strong> About mental health</p><p><strong>Module 2:</strong> About mental illness and ways to engage</p><p><strong>Module 3:</strong> Therapeutic approaches for everyday practice</p><p><strong>Module 4:</strong> Mental health assessment, risk assessment and (care) planning <em><br /></em></p><p><strong>Module 5:</strong> Referral, documentation and care coordination<strong><br /></strong></p><p><strong>Module 6: </strong>Knowledge to Practice (This new module uses practice-based examples to explore and expand on strategies described in <strong>Modules 1 to 5</strong>)</p>

Advisees


  • Graduate Advising Relationship

    Degree Research Title Advisee
    Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated) Examining activity within Australian general practice James, Sharon
    Doctor of Philosophy An RCT of a Hypertension Management Intervention in General Practice Stephen, Catherine
    Doctor of Philosophy Developing a Primary Health Care Workforce: Understanding Perceptions of a PHC Career Path Calma, Kaara Ray

Web Of Science Researcher Id


  • V-8660-2018
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