1220.0 - Australian Standard Classification of Occupations (ASCO) Second Edition, 1997  
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      Registered Mental Health Nurse
      Psychiatric Nurse

Treats and cares for people with mental illness, disorder or dysfunction, or those experiencing emotional difficulties, distress or crisis, in hospitals, nursing homes and the community.

Skill Level:
The entry requirement for this occupation is a bachelor degree or higher qualification. Registration or licensing is required.

Tasks Include:
  • provides treatment, therapy, clinical support, continuing care, residential support and rehabilitation services in collaboration with other health care professionals and carers
  • advises on structuring the environment to enable clients to lead normal, healthy, functioning lives
  • conducts comprehensive and specific mental health assessments and reports and evaluates interventions and health care services
  • administers, supervises and monitors medications prescribed and initiates appropriate interventions
  • maintains records of treatment and progress
  • delivers health education and health promotion programs

Specialisations:
Child and Adolescence Mental Health Nurse
Drug and Alcohol Nurse
Psychiatric Rehabilitation Nurse
Psychogeriatric Care Nurse

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