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Dr Susan Sumskis

PhD (University of Wollongong), BN (Hons) (UOW), BN (Dist) (UOW)

Lecturer - Health and Social Wellbeing, NTI

Dr Susan Sumskis

Dr Sumskis focuses on student wellbeing within the learning environment through the use of contemplative pedagogy.

Sue has extensive professional experience in a variety of mental health settings as well as within tertiary education.
Sue’s Phd was based on resilience and mental health and has underpinned a positive, strength based view within mental health education.
best practice implementation.

Roles

  • Lecturer Health and Social Wellbeing Program, Nan Tien Institute
  • Consultant Lecturer NSW Police Force Safe Custody Program
  • Lecturer in Mental Health, Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health, School of Nursing, University of Wollongong
  • Credentialed Mental Health Nurse, Mental Health Nurse Incentive Program, Illawarra NSW
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist & Registered Nurse, Greater Southern Local Health District


Grants and Awards

  • 2016  University of Wollongong Vice Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Interdisciplinary Research
  • 2016 University of Wollongong Vice Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Community Engagement
  • 2016 TheMHS Australian and New Zealand Mental Health Award for Education, Training or Workforce Development: Recovery Camp
  • 2016 University of Wollongong Vice Chancellor’s Nomination for Outstanding Contribution to Teaching and Learning (OCTAL)
  • 2016 Mental Health Commission, Mental Health Matters Awards Commendation
  • 2015 Mental Health Commission, Mental Health Matters Awards Commendation
  • 2015 Australian College of Educators Outstanding Achievement in Education Award
  • 2013 Commendation for PhD thesis
  • 2013 National Partnerships in Wellbeing Award: Recovery Camp
  • 2012 University of Wollongong Vice Chancellor’s Nomination for Outstanding Contribution to Teaching and Learning (OCTAL)
  • 2007 Sir Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellowship to study ‘less restrictive practices in acute mental health care in the US and Canada’


Grants Received

  • 2016 UOW Community Engagement Grant to Establish the tertiary learning needs of students of the Illawarra Recovery Learning College                                                                                                              
  • 2015 UOW Global Challenges Grant: Value of Retirees Knowledge     
  • 2013 HETI ICTN Grant: The Recovery Camp                                                    
  • 2015 UOW Small Grant: Factors contributing to postoperative delirium in people who have dementia
     
Selected Papers and Publications


Journal Articles

  1. Sumskis, S, & Moxham, L 2016, ‘Use of van Kaam's psychophenomenological method to interpret the meaning of resilience within the lived experience of schizophrenia,  Nurse Researcher, in press.
  2. Sumskis, S, Moxham, L & Caputi, P 2016, ‘The meaning of resilience as described by people who experience schizophrenia’, International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, in press.
  3. Moxham, L., Taylor, E, Patterson, C, Perlman, D, Brighton, R, Sumskis, S, Keough, E, Heffernan, T 2016, ‘Can a clinical placement influence stigma? An analysis of measures of social distance’, Nurse Education Today, vol. 44, pp. 170-174.
  4. Patterson, C, Moxham, L, Brighton, R, Taylor, E, Sumskis, S, Perlman, D, Heffernan, T, Hadfield, L 2016, ‘Nursing students’ reflections on the learning experience of a unique mental health clinical placement, Nurse Education Today, vol. 46, pp. 94-98.
  5. Moxham, L. Patterson, C, Sumskis, S, Brighton, R, Taylor, E, & Perlman, D 2016, ‘A multidisciplinary learning experience contributing to mental health rehabilitation’, Disability and Rehabilitation’ (in press), DOI: 10.3109/09638288.2016.1146358, Database: Scopus
  6. Cowley, T, Sumskis, S, Moxham, L, Taylor, E, Brighton, R, Patterson, C, & Halcomb, E 2016, ‘Evaluation of undergraduate nursing students’ clinical confidence following a mental health recovery camp’, International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, vol. 25, no. 1, pp. 33-41.
  7. Taylor, E, Moxham, L, Perlman, D, Patterson, C, Brighton, R & Sumskis, S 2016, ‘Self-determination in the context of mental health recovery’, Australian Nursing & Midwifery Journal, vol. 23, no. 10, p. 41
  8. Patterson, C, Moxham, L, Taylor, E, Sumskis, S, Perlman, D, Brighton, Heffernan, T & Keough, E 2016, ‘Perceived Control among People with Severe Mental Illness: A Comparative Study’, Archives of Psychiatric Nursing, DOI: 10.1016/j.apnu.2016.04.002, Database: Science Direct
  9. Moxham, L, Sumskis, S, Perlman, D, Brighton, R, Patterson, C, Taylor, E 2015, Building clinical confidence and skills: a placement with a difference, Australian Nursing & Midwifery Journal,  22, (8), 35.
  10. Moxham, L, Liersch-Sumskis, S, Taylor, E, Patterson, C, & Brighton, R 2015, Preliminary outcomes of a pilot therapeutic recreation camp for people with a mental illness: Links to recovery, Therapeutic Recreation Journal, 49, (1), 61-75.
  11. Liersch-Sumskis, S 2015, Choosing to use compared to taking medication: the meaning of medication as described by people who experience schizophrenia’, Perspectives in Psychiatric Care, vol. 51, no. 2, pp. 114-120.
  12. Liersch, S, Brighton, R, Patterson, C, Moxham, L & Froggatt, T 2013, ’Consumers collaborate to bridge the theory-practice gap for nursing students in an innovative ‘bush camp’ clinical placement’, International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, 22, S1, 16.
  13. Moxham, L, Liersch, S, Brighton, R, Johnston, E, Douglas, A, Gorman, E & Hayes, G 2014, ‘Contributing to recovery from a multidisciplinary lens: a case study from a therapeutic recreation initiative, International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, 23, S1, 28.
  14. Liersch, S, Moxham, L, Patterson, C & Brighton, R 2013, Consumers educate nursing students. The Australian College of Mental Health Nurses Inc. news, Sep-Nov 2013.
  15. Patterson, C, Liersch, S, Brighton, R, Moxham, L & Butler, I 2013, ‘‘I did things I wouldn’t even dream about’:  A showcase of the ‘recovery camp’’, International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, 22, S1, 16.
  16. Brighton, R, Patterson, C, Liersch, S, Moxham, L, Froggatt, T & Butler, I 2013, ‘Reflections from academic mental health RNs: collaborating with people experiencing mental illness’, International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, 22 (S 1), 2-2. 
  17. Moxham, L, Brighton, R, Froggatt, T, Liersch, S & Andersen, P 2012, Stimulating an interest in mental health nursing, Australian Nursing Journal, 20 (1), 35. 
  18. Moxham, L, Brighton, R, Froggatt, T, Liersch, S & Andersen, P2012, Mental health nursing simulation: A valuable aspect of learning’s tapestry. 38th International Mental Health Nursing Conference 
  19. Liersch, S, Moxham, L, Caputi, P & Curtis, J 2012, Schizophrenia and resilience: what does it mean? Australian Nursing Journal, 20 (2), 41-41. 
  20. Brighton, R, Brown, A, Froggatt, T & Liersch, S 2011, ‘A strong commitment to mental health nursing’, Australian Nursing Journal, 19 (4), 40-41.
  21. Liersch, S, Curtis, J & Caputi, P 2011, 'People with schizophrenia can become resilient while recovering', Journal of Human Development, Disability and Social Change, 19, (1), 85-94.
  22. Liersch, S 2010, 'What is an 'independent mental health nurse' and how do we operate: a clinician's perspective', Mental Health Matters, i. 21, Mental Health Association NSW
  23. Liersch, S, Curtis, J & Caputi, P 2008, 'Do the concept of resilience and the experience of schizophrenia go together’? International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, 17, s.1, 18.
  24. Liersch, S 2008, 'Findings from travels under a Winston Churchill Memorial Fellowship to investigate less restrictive practices in acute mental health care’, International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, 17, s.1, 18.
  25. Liersch, S 2008, 'Less restrictive mental health practices', Mental Health Matters, Mental Health Association NSW.

Book Chapters

  1. Sumskis, S & Howard-Ellis, E (in press), Disorders of personality, in Contemporary Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing 4th edn,  Ed L Moxham, Pearson, Sydney.
  2. Froggatt, T, & Liersch-Sumskis, S, 2013, Assessment of Mental Health and Mental Health Conditions, in Mental Health: A Person Centred Approach, 2013, Eds, N Proctor, H, Hamer, R Wilson, D McGarry & T Froggatt, Cambridge Press, Melbourne.

Other Publications

Liersch, S 2007, 'Investigating less restrictive practices for managing clients in an acute inpatient mental health setting', Churchill Fellowship Report, http://www.churchilltrust.com.au/media/fellows/LIERSCH_Susan_2007.pdf

 
Memberships

 

  • Member of the Association for Contemplative Mind in Higher Education
  • Fellow of the Australian College of Mental Health Nurses (ACMHN)
  • Vice President of Psychs on Bikes (POB) Registered Mental Health Charity
  • Member of the Mental Health Professionals’ Network (MHPN)
  • Member of the Mental Health Association of NSW (MHA)
  • Member of the Schizophrenia Research Fellowship
  • Member of the Mental Health & the Ageing Brain Panel Illawarra Health & Medical Research Institute (IHMRI).


Contact

email: s.sumskis@nantien.edu.au

office phone: +61 (2) 4258 0751

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