Thirty years as a psychiatric nurse – what has changed, what has stayed the same
CPD Hours / Duration
1 hour/s
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Thirty years as a psychiatric nurse – what has changed, what has stayed the same

Presenter Dr Wendy McIntosh, Director - Davaar Consultancy

Dr Wendy McIntosh, RGN, Grad. Dip MH, MN, Cert IV Workplace Assessment & Training, Group Leadership Cert, MACN, MANZCMHN, AANZPA

Wendy has over 30 years as a health professional (clinical, education and research), twenty-five of those years in mental health. Areas of specific interest and passion for Wendy include professional supervision, professional boundaries, professional identity, links between childhood trauma and mental illness and workplace bullying.

Wendy has over 20 years as a psychodrama trainee – a lifelong learning. She is committed to using experiential learning in the work she does with individuals and groups.

Wendy maintains a full diary of workshops throughout Australia and London UK and consistently receives feedback on her passion, knowledge and creativity as a presenter and facilitator.

Wendy is continually integrating learning and insights she gains from the work she does in professional boundaries. Wendy has developed internet training tools and education packages for individuals/organisations and delivers webinars for organisations.

With the assistance of six podcast episodes titled ‘Professional Boundaries’, Wendy is exploring and guiding listeners on their own personal and reflective journey through boundaries. Further podcasts are currently in production.


“Wendy was such an incredible host/teacher and she held space so beautifully that everyone felt safe” Captains Starlight Professional Boundaries Workshop 2019

“Everyone needs a pocket Wendy! The compassion, understanding, knowledge and tenderness is exactly what I need in my practice” Georgina Lewis, Professional Boundaries Workshop 2019.

Course Content

In this webinar, I invite you to journey with me through my thirty years plus as a psychiatric nurse. From my student days training in an asylum in Glasgow Scotland to current times as Director of my own business.

We will explore some of the significant changes that have happened in mental health over the past thirty years, hopes that have not been fulfilled and ways forward for the future. How can we as nurses created a kinder, more compassionate and effective mental health service for all concerned?

Target Audience

Learning Outcomes

In this session you will:

  • Understand my journey as a psychiatric nurse and discuss changes I have experienced in mental health between the 1980s and 2020
  • Explore hopes and dreams for a better mental health system
  • Examine what acts as barriers to change in the delivery of mental health services
  • Identify the roles for all nurses to ensure a more effective mental health experience for all individuals