Improving the knowledge and skills of emergency department and mental health nurses to work therapeutically with patients who self-injure

You are invited to take part in research that aims to:

  1. a) Obtain an improved understanding of nurses’ attitudes towards and experiences of working with people who present with self-injury;
  2. b) Identify nurses’ knowledge and skill set to work with people who self-injure; and
  3. c) Identify strategies and interventions that can enhance emergency department and mental health nurses’ ability to provide quality care to this group of patients.

A skilled nursing workforce can have a major impact on the wellbeing of people who present with self-injury, as they are able to effectively assess and provide care to the person in the emergency and inpatient settings.

If you would like to participate in the research you can complete the online questionnaire by opening the following link:

The first page of the questionnaire contains an information sheet that details the purpose and objectives of the research along with a consent form that you must complete. Curtin University Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC) has approved this study (HRE2017-0811).

Thank you for taking the time to read this invitation to participate. If you have any questions or would like any further information about the research before agreeing to participate please contact Dr Irene Ngune on (08) 92662357 or

investigators: Irene Ngune1, Dianne Wynaden1, Carrie Janerka1, 2, Sharon Delahunty2, Penelope Hasking1, Karen Heslop1, Shirley McGough1 and Clare Rees1  

1 – Curtin University; 2 – Fiona Stanley Hospital