I would like to acknowledge the significant contribution mental health nurses make in supporting the recovery of people with mental health and substance use challenges.
I also thank the College for making nursing leadership the central theme of this year’s conference.
Nurses have a valuable role to play in leading mental health reform
Nurses occupy a unique role in our health system.
You only have to look at recent surveys on public perceptions of different professionals to see how positively nurses are viewed in the community.
Every year Roy Morgan surveys public perceptions of a wide range of professionals – everything from engineers to high court judges. Nurses have been rated as the most ethical and honest profession for 21 years in a row – more than doctors, pharmacists or teachers.