RN, BN, MCN, MHN (Cred.), Grad. Dip. Couns/Psychotherapy, Cert IV TAA, Cambridge/RSA CertTEFLA, CNA, Dip. IT (Networking), ACRM (Stanford)
Writer and creator of PracticeNursing
, Andy has more than twenty years experience of Nursing in inpatient and community settings, both in the United Kingdom and around Australia.
Originally training in Norwich, England as a Registered Psychiatric Nurse, Andy spent three months travelling through SouthEast Asia in 1989, ending up in Australia where he decided to stay.
Andy continued his studies with a degree in Medical/Surgical Nursing at Sydney's University of Technology
and then went on to undertake a Graduate Diploma in Counselling and Applied Psychotherapy at the Jansen Newman Institute
in New South Wales.
After performing psychotherapy in private practice and nursing in Sydney for a number of years, Andy returned to Tassie in 2000 and joined The Tasmanian Polytechnic
(formerly TAFE Tasmania), where he got sidelined into teaching Information Technology, specialising in Unix
and computer networking
. He moved to the Health, Aged and Enrolled Nursing teaching team in 2007-2008, where he taught The Craft to new aspirants, whilst also undertaking a Masters degree in Nursing.
A lecturing position at the University of Tasmania
followed, teaching undergraduate Bachelor of Nursing students and also developing simulated training environments
, including computer controlled mannequins used for training nursing and medical students and other clinical staff.
Andy returned to clinical work at the Department of Psychiatry in 2010, initially in the local acute inpatient unit and later in the community. He currently works as a Credentialled Mental Health Nurse
operating out of GP surgeries under the innovative Medicare funded Mental Health Nurse Incentive Program
, where he treats people with moderate to severe mental illness.
In addition to his interests in psychiatry and Primary Heath Care, Andy maintains a number of websites on various themes (some more dubious than others), including FileWombat.com
. He is also a practising Justice of the Peace
Contact Andy here
(That's Jethro-the-cat about to pounce..)