CQUniversity Professor Brenda Happell is recognised for her contribution to the mental health nursing profession.
CQUniversity Professor Brenda Happell is recognised for her contribution to the mental health nursing profession. Chris Ison

Nursing professor honoured

AFTER dedicating 30 years of her life to the profession she loves, CQUniversity's Brenda Happell was chuffed to find out she would have an award named after her.

The mental health nursing professor and editor of the International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, said it was a great honour, both personally and professionally.

"Most people aren't around when this happens, but I'm alive to see it which is wonderful," she said.

"It's also important for the profession - the acknowledgement of the work of mental health nurses."

The Australian College of Mental Health Nurses (ACMHN) has created The Brenda Happell Award for the best presentation at its annual Consultation-Liaison Special Interest Group Conference, to be held in Melbourne in June.

Prof Happell, who lives in Emu Park, said after starting in general nursing and finding that something was missing she "fell in love with the mental health area".

"It's just a different working environment," she said.

"There are a lot of stigmatised views about mental health, but it's a really important field."

Prof Happell said she loved developing new talent and couldn't wait to see what this year's conference had to offer.

The active researcher had a distinguished academic career that included more than 180 research publications, as well as books and book chapters.

"I'm very honoured that they have recognised the contribution I have made to the profession," she said.

"My family are very proud of me and I've got a fantastic response from the university."



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