Dr. Brian Phillips

RN, DipAppSc (Nursing), MSc (Mental Health), PhD

Senior Lecturer

I joined CDU as Clinical Placement Manager (Academic) in 2007 and have had a teaching focussed role as Senior Lecturer in Nursing since 2014. I have an extensive clinical background in mental health practicing in a wide variety of clinical settings including crisis teams. In more recent years I have extended my interests to professional regulation and higher education teaching practice.

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Academic Biography

  • 2005 Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing. Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand.
  • 1996 Master of Science (Mental Health). Wollongong University, NSW, Australia.
  • 1989 Diploma of Applied Science (Nursing). Macarthur Institute of Higher Education, NSW, Australia.

Previous Employment

  • 2008 – current. Senior Lecturer in Nursing, Charles Darwin University.
  • 2013 – 2014. AQF Curriculum Review Project Leader, Charles Darwin University.
  • 2007 – 2008. Clinical Placement Manager (Academic)/Acting co-Theme Leader (Nursing), Charles Darwin University.
  • 2005 – 2007. Clinical Nurse Consultant (Mental Health), Hutt Valley District Health Board, New Zealand.
  • 2001 – 2005. Research Fellow, Graduate School of Nursing & Midwifery, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand.
  • 2000 – 2001. Teaching Associate, Graduate School of Nursing & Midwifery, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand.
  • 1989 – 1999. Registered Nurse (Psychiatric)/Team Leader/Clinical Nurse Specialist. Various clinical positions, NSW, Australia.

Teaching & Research Supervision

I have previously taught in postgraduate and undergraduate nursing courses.  My current teaching is in nursing, specialising in mental health.

Research Student Completions

Kempthorne, A. (2006). Why do nurse graduates choose to work in the area of mental health?: a thesis submitted to the Victoria University of Wellington in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Arts (Applied) in Nursing.

Ramsamy, K.  (2006). Colonisation: the experience of a psychiatric nurse through the lens of reflective autobiography: a thesis submitted to the Victoria University of Wellington in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Arts in Nursing.

Gingell, M. (2005). Home based treatment nursing in Aotearoa New Zealand: factors influencing the successful delivery of care: a research paper submitted to the Victoria University of Wellington in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Arts (Applied) in Nursing.

McEnhill, R. (2005) ‘O brother where art thou?’: the experience of brothers of young Pakeha males with first episode psychosis: a thesis submitted to the Victoria University of Wellington in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Arts (Applied) in Nursing.

Entwistle, M. (2004) Women only?: an exploration of the place of men within nursing: a research paper submitted to the Victoria University of Wellington in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Arts (Applied) in Nursing.

Publications

Phillips, B.N. (in press). Using evidence to guide mental health nursing practice. In G. Hercelinskyj & L. Alexander (Eds.), Mental Health Nursing. South Melbourne: Cengage.

He, F. X., Turnbull, B., Kirshbaum, M. N., Phillips, B.N., & Klainin-Yobas, P. (2018). Assessing stress, protective factors and psychological well-being among undergraduate nursing students. Nurse Education Today, 68, 4-12. doi:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nedt.2018.05.013

Phillips, B.N. (2017). Subject Level Analytics in the Bachelor of Nursing. Retrieved from National Innovation Case Study Collection website: http://app.iru.edu.au/national-innovation-case-study-collection

Phillips, B.N., Turnbull, B. J., & He, F. X. (2014). Assessing readiness for self-directed learning within a non-traditional nursing cohort. Nurse Education Today, 35(3), e1-e7. doi:10.1016/j.nedt.2014.12.003

Hercelinskyj, G., Cruickshank, M., Brown, P., & Phillips, B.N. (2014). Perceptions from the front line: Professional identity in mental health nursing. International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, 23(1), 24-32. doi:10.1111/inm.12001

Phillips, B.N. (2007). Nursing care and understanding the experiences of others: a Gadamerian perspective. Nursing Inquiry, 14(1), 89-94. doi:10.1111/j.1440-1800.2007.00324.x

Cook, N. R., Phillips, B.N., & Sadler, D. (2005). The Tidal Model as experienced by patients and nurses in a regional forensic unit. Journal of Psychiatric & Mental Health Nursing, 12(5), 536-540.

Phillips, B.N. (2004). An interpretation of four men's experiences of suicidality. (PhD PhD), Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand.

Cook, N., & Phillips, B.N. (2003). Implementing the Tidal Model in a psychiatric forensic unit. New Zealand Nursing Review, 4, 23.

Nelson, K., Fowler, S., Cumming, J., Peterson, D., & Phillips, B.N. (2003). Evaluation of mental health/primary care shared services (Final Report). Wellington, New Zealand.

Phillips, B.N. (1996). A survey of the needs of the users of a rural mental health service. (Master of Science), University of Wollogong, Wollongong.

Vekony, A., Halford, M., Fowler, T., Poutoa, D., Din, T. D., Phillips, B.N., & Breton, C. (2007). Hutt Valley DHB achieves magnet recognition. Kai Tiaki Nursing New Zealand, 13(6), 16-18.

Phillips, B.N. (2005). Promoting practice-based mental health nursing research. Nursing Praxis in New Zealand, 21(1), pp. 24-32.

Phillips, B. N. (2003). Possibilities for mental health nursing practice-based research (Monograph). Wellington, New Zealand: Graduate School of Nursing &

Membership of Boards and Societies

  • Current. Registered Nurse (Division 1).
  • 2018 - current. Deputy Chair (Higher Education), Charles Darwin University Academic Board.
  • 2018 - current. Chair, Higher Education Learning and Teaching Committee, Charles Darwin University.
  • 2009 - current. Member of the College of the Australian College of Nursing.
  • 2014 – current. Deputy Chair, Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (Northern Territory Board).
  • 2016-2017. Elected Academic (Faculty of Engineering, Health, Science and the Environment), Charles Darwin University Academic Board
  • 2016-2017. Academic Board Nominated Member of the University Learning and Teaching Committee, Charles Darwin University.
  • 2010 – 2014. Practitioner Member, Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (Northern Territory Board).
  • 2006. Member of the New Zealand Standards Expert Committee for Review of the Mental Health Sector Standards (nominated by Te Ao Maramatanga).
  • 2006 – 2007. Member of National Directors of Mental Health Nursing Group.
  • 2006 – 2007. Member of the Mental Health Commission Clinical Reference Group (nominated by National Directors of Mental Health Nursing Group).
  • 2004 – 2007. Inaugural Registrar and Committee Member, Te Ao Maramatanga (New Zealand College of Mental Health Nurses Inc.).

Awards, Honours & Distinctions

2012 Vice-Chancellors Award for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning

Contacts

T: 08 8946 6722
E: brian.phillips@cdu.edu.au

College of Nursing & Midwifery
Building 5.1.45
Casuarina campus
Charles Darwin University
Darwin NT 0909
Australia