Mental Health in Prisons

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Lecture Overview

When Chris was called in to assess one of his patients at the prison, he never thought the reason behind the erratic and disordered behaviour would be hot chips and gravy. Join Queensland's only mental health Nurse Practitioner as he talks about his daily experiences of prison mental health work, and all the surprising stories he learns along the way...


Portrait of Chris Leary
Chris Leary

Chris Leary is Nurse Practitioner: mental health who works in the West Morten Area Health Service. He has 25 years' experience working in mental health and has worked in several areas, including consultation-liaison psychiatry and primary mental health within the prison system. Chris holds two master's degrees in mental health nursing, including nurse practitioner, master of counselling, as well as a bachelor of science (psychology). He has a special interest in chronic diseases, the impact on mental health, and the importance of therapy based interventions to assist in the consumer’s journey while optimising positive outcomes. See Educator Profile