Dr Tony O'Brien

Dr Tony O'Brien

Associate Professor, Mental Health Nursing - University of Waikato

Bio: Tony is a mental health nurse with more than 40 years’ experience in clinical practice, education, research and professional issues. Tony has expertise in mental health assessment, working with people who self-harm or are suicidal and in legal issues related to mental health care. He also has an interest in improving the physical and primary care provided to people with mental illness.

His topics include:

Mental health skills:

  • Mental health in primary care
  • Mental health assessment
  • Suicidality and self-harm

Decision making capacity and duty of care:

  • Assessment of capacity
  • Duty of care
  • Mental Health Act

Physical health of people with mental illness:

  • Metabolic syndrome

Advance directives in mental health


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