Improving nursing care in Mental Health settings REF EC00607

Have you had a personal experience as an inpatient with a mental health condition? Would you like to help researchers develop a method for measuring the quality of nursing care in hospital for mental health patients? 

Applications are now closed


Researchers at Edith Cowan University are looking for two members of the WA Community who have a personal experience of receiving hospital care for a mental health condition. The researchers want to gain an understanding of how to measure the quality of nursing care in this setting, in order to ensure the quality of care received by patients is of a high standard.

The members will work closely with the researchers to provide input and advice in developing a set of measures that will benefit people receiving this care.

About the project

Within mental health settings patients access many different types of health professionals, each of whom provides a unique contribution to their health, well-being and recovery process.

This project focuses on the quality of care nurses provide to ensure it is of a high standard. To monitor and improve care, it is important for hospitals to be able to measure the impact that nurses have in this setting. Currently there are no clear measures to understand this role.

The aim of this project is to develop a set of patient measures that reflect the quality of nursing care provided in hospital mental health settings.

Developed measures need to be acceptable and useful to both nurses and mental health consumers as co-partners in their own care.

About the position

The Research Buddies will become important members of the research team. They will provide advice on suggested measures, comment on written drafts, and provide insight into the 'lived experience' of receiving nursing care as an inpatient. They will also have an opportunity to be included on and comment on any papers that are developed for publication.

What am I expected to do?

Research buddies will:

  • Provide a “lived experience” perspective of receiving nursing care as an inpatient with a mental health condition.
  • Provide feedback on the relevance, understanding and value of the research
  • Provide input on documents particular to the research

What skills or experience do I need?

  • Have experience of being an inpatient with a mental health condition
  • Have an interest in research 

What is the time commitment?

The project will continue until the end of 2018, meetings are expected to be held every 6 months

Where will meetings be held?

Meetings will be held at Edith Cowan University, Joondalup, or the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research, Nedlands.

Teleconferencing can be arranged if preferred. Meetings will be held at the convenience of the Research Buddy.

Email access is essential as there will be documents to be reviewed via email in-between meetings.

What support is offered?

A $30 honorarium per hour is offered. Training and mentoring is also offered by the Consumer and Community Health Research Network.

Applications close: Friday 26th May, 2017