Adam Searby's interest in mental health nursing was sparked during his undergraduate studies. Since then, he's completed honours and graduate diploma and is now completing his PhD.
Registered Psychiatric Nurse, Alfred Health
I've had amazing support with my PhD and I've been allowed to drive the direction of my research. My PhD has allowed me to position myself as an emerging leader in a new field of research.
I started my journey at RMIT with a degree in nursing, since then I’ve completed honours, a graduate diploma in mental health nursing and am currently completing my PhD.
My interest in mental health nursing was sparked during my clinical placements in my undergraduate degree, which included spending time on a placement in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
Mental health nursing involves a broad range of skills in very diverse settings. It also has a strong research culture which I really enjoyed in my honours year.
I came back to RMIT to complete my graduate diploma because of the reputation of the staff. They continue to actively work in the industry, bringing real world experience into the classroom.
I’ve had amazing support with my PhD and I’ve been allowed to drive the direction of my research. The project explores co-occurring mental health issues in older adults with alcohol and substance abuse issues and how our services respond to their needs. My PhD has allowed me to position myself as an emerging leader in a new field of research.
In my current role at the Caulfield Hospital I work with older adults with mental health issues. This involves case management, crisis assessment and liaising with community organisations and general practitioners.
I’ve recently been promoted to a senior mental health nursing position, my career goal is to combine clinical work with research.
After completing my PhD I’m hoping to undertake a postdoctoral year in North America.