School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Sciences
Medical and Health Sciences
Associate Professor Anthony Welch, Dr Carina Anderson
Masters by Research

Research Details

Thesis Name

An exploration of how nurses balance the potential for conflicting care priorities in community mental health settings

Thesis Abstract

This proposed research seeks to explore how nurses in community mental health care settings balance the potential for conflicting care priorities in providing recovery-oriented and trauma-informed clinical care with the requirement to practice in a coercive manner that minimises the risks of self-harm or harm to others by their consumers.

Why my research is important/Impacts

With the rising numbers of mental health consumers living in the community subject to involuntary treatment orders, nurses in public community mental health settings are increasingly required to deliver coercive care. However, this risks promoting recovery-oriented care principles and may cause further harm in contradiction to trauma-informed models of care. The study aims to use a constructivist grounded theory approach to understand how nurses in community settings balance the risks and benefits of coercive mental health treatment and inform the development of a model of care seeking to educate novice mental health nurses, into this critical component of care.