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Christine Handley

Senior Lecturer (Faculty of Health); ADON (CAMHS/DHHS)

Hobart CBD Campuses

+61 3 6233 8612, 0417367987 (phone)

+61 3 6228 0090 (fax)

Christine.Handley@utas.edu.au , Christine.Handley@dhhs.tas.gov.au

Career summary

Biography

Career Path 

Ms Handley has been employed in a formal academic/clinical conjoint position with the University of Tasmania and Child and Adolescent Mental Health (DHHS) for over 15 years. Prior to this she worked in acute and rehabilitation contexts in general and psychiatric hospitals. She has also coordinated the mental health stream of the Graduate Diploma of Nursing for over 15 years. Ms Handley is an experienced Practical Development facilitator and a member of PD Tas which, in 2013, successfully applied for membership of the IPDC (International Practice Development Collaborative). Her clinical experience is with children, young people and families and she has worked in individual, group and family therapy contexts.

Ms Handley is a winner of the prestigious Stan Alchin for outstanding clinical contribution and has worked with academic and clinical colleagues to introduce Tasmania to COPMI (Children of Parents with a Mental Illness). She, along with a clinical CAMHS colleague commenced the first peer support groups for children of parents with a mental illness and was also a key collaborative partner in developing Champs Camps for children/families where a parent/s has a mental illness. Ms Handley's conjoint position enables her to provide a Statewide leadership role in mental health generally and in child and adolescent mental health nursing. 

Teaching Interests 

Ms Handley's postgraduate teaching addresses a broad range of mental health topics including, assessment, recovery and trauma informed care. In addition, students are introduced to mental health subspecialties such as alcohol and other drugs, forensic; older persons in mental health and child and adolescent mental health nursing.

She teaches Foundations of Mental Health Nursing Theory 1 (CNA740), Foundations of Mental Health Nursing Theory 2 (CNA741), Foundations of Mental Health Nursing Practice 1 (CNA742), Foundations of Mental Health Nursing Practice 2 (CNA743) and Psychological Therapies in Mental Health Care (CNA739). The latter provides students with an intensive 1 week workshop on Cognitive Behaviour Therapy.

Ms Handley has recently co-authored two chapters for an Australian text addressing health and well-being in children, young people and families. The chapters were a result of successful collaborative partnership with a senior academic colleague from CQU (Central Queensland University) and drew on her clinical expertise/experience in CAMHS. The most recently published was McAllister, M. and Handley, C. 2013, Chapter 12, 'Promoting Mental Health', in Barnes, M. (Editor), Child, Youth and Family Health: Strengthening Communities 2e, Elsevier, Australia. 

Ms Handley regularly presents at the Australian College of Mental Health Nursing Conferences, in addition to being a regular reviewer of abstracts for this international conference and a reviewer of papers for the Stan Alchin Award.

Research Interests

Ms Handley's research interests are: Children of parents with mental illness, Early intervention and Prevention including school based, Trauma Informed Care, Attachment, Group Work, Role of the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Nurse, Self-injury in young people, resilience/coping, Recovery Frameworks, and Consumer/Carer participation in mental health. 

She is currently the lead research investigator in Tasmania for the iCARE Project; a project addressing awareness, resilience and enhanced mental health for young people in Year 9 at High School. The project has been developed in collaboration with the author of iCARE, Professor Margaret McAllister (CQU). In 2014, Chris worked with Professor McAllister to develop iCARE training vignettes and in 2015, she will collaborate with the CQU based iCARE Research Team to develop training resources for iCARE facilitators and will educate teachers in rural Queensland about the iCARE program, prior to a roll-out of the program across 20 Schools. 

Ms Handley has been successful in achieving two Tasmanian grants to support the iCARE project - one from the Tasmanian Community Fund (TCF) and the other from the mental health services of the Southern Tas. Health Organisation (DHHS).

Research Expertise and Specific Skills

  • Phenomenology
  • Survey
  • Interview
  • Focus groups
  • Interdisciplinary and inter-sectorial collaboration (e.g. university, clinical practice and schools)

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Research Fields

  • Mental Health Nursing (111005)
  • Mental Health (111714)
  • Clinical Nursing: Primary (Preventative) (111002)
  • Nursing (111099)
  • Community Child Health (111704)

Research Impact

  • Mental Health (920410)
  • Nursing (920210)
  • Health Education and Promotion (920205)
  • Evaluation of Health Outcomes (920204)
  • Expanding Knowledge in the Mathematical Sciences (970101)
  • Mental Health Services (920209)

Publications

Total publications

9

Highlighted publications

(1 outputs)
YearTypeCitationAltmetrics
1998Conference PublicationHandley C, Farrell GA, Hazelton M, 'Children of parents experiencing mental illness: what do they need?', Proceedings, 24th Conference of ANZCMHN, Inc, 5-9 October 1998, Perth, WA, pp. 531-541. (1998) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

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Co-authors: Farrell GA

Journal Article

(2 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2014McCauley K, Cross W, Moss C, Walsh K, Schofield C, et al., 'What does practice development (PD) offer mental health-care contexts? A comparative case study of PD methods and outcomes', Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, 21, (8) pp. 724-737. ISSN 1351-0126 (2014) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/jpm.12134 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Walsh K

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2001Handley C, Farrell GA, Josephs A, Hanke A, Hazelton M, 'The Tasmanian children's project: The needs of children with a parent/carer with a mental illness', Australian & New Zealand Journal of Mental Health Nursing, 10, (4) pp. 221 - 228. ISSN 1324-3780 (2001) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1046/j.1440-0979.2001.00214.x [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Farrell GA

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Chapter in Book

(3 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2013McAllister M, Handley C, 'Promoting Mental Health', Child, Youth and Family Health: Strengthening Communities, 2nd Edition, Elsevier Australia, Barnes, M; Rowe, J (ed), Australia, pp. 239-259. ISBN 9780729541558 (2013) [Revised Book Chapter]

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2008McAllister M, Handley C, 'Promoting mental health', Child Youth and Family Health. Strengthening Communities, Churchill Livingstone, Dr Margaret Barnes and Dr Jennifer Rowe (ed), Sydney, pp. 166-188. ISBN 978-0-7295-3799-5 (2008) [Other Book Chapter]

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2008McAllister M, Handley C, 'Promoting Mental Health', Child, youth and family health : strengthening communities, Elsevier Australia, Barnes, MI; Rowe, J (ed), Australia, pp. 209-230. ISBN 9780729537995 (2008) [Other Book Chapter]

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Conference Publication

(4 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2013Handley C, MacSporran C, McAllister M, 'iCare: A translational youth focused research project with transdisciplinary and transultural collaboration at its heart', Abstracts Australian College of Mental Health Nursing 39th International Mental Health Nursing Conference. Collaboration and partnership in mental health nursing, 22nd-24th October, Perth, pp. 11. (2013) [Conference Extract]

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2013Handley C, MacSporran C, McAllister M, 'youth focused research; transdisciplinary and translational research; iCARE school based early intervention', International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, 22-24 October 2013, Perth, Australia, pp. 1-38. ISSN 1445-8330 (2013) [Conference Extract]

DOI: 10.1111/inm.12047 [eCite] [Details]

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2010Handley C, Schofield C, 'Action learning and individual manager development', Leadership and practice development in health: Quality and safety through workplace learning Conference Proceedings, 18th -19th March, Hobart, pp. 46. (2010) [Conference Extract]

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1998Handley C, Farrell GA, Hazelton M, 'Children of parents experiencing mental illness: what do they need?', Proceedings, 24th Conference of ANZCMHN, Inc, 5-9 October 1998, Perth, WA, pp. 531-541. (1998) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

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Co-authors: Farrell GA

Grants & Funding

Funding Summary

Number of grants

3

Total funding

$73,400

Projects

Extended iCARE project (2014 - 2015)$36,000
Description
The project will determine what impact an extended iCARE (Creating Awareness, Resilience and Enhanced Mental Health in Australian Schools) has on the resilience and wellbeing of students, teachers and the school environment using a multi-faceted mental health intervention in selected schools.
Funding
Department of Health and Human Services Tasmania ($36,000)
Scheme
Contract Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Handley C
Period
2014 - 2015
Extended iCARE: Creating Awareness, Resilience and Enhanced Mental Health in Australian Schools (2014)$22,400
Description
The primary aim of this collaborative Tasmania-based project is to evaluate the utility and viability of extended iCARE as a mental health promotion initiative.
Funding
Tasmanian Community Fund ($22,400)
Scheme
Grant
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Handley C
Year
2014
The needs of children of parents/carers experiencing serious mental illness (1996)$15,000
Funding
Department of Health and Ageing ($15,000)
Scheme
Grant-Mental Health Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Farrell GA; Hazelton M; Handley C; Josephs AL; Hanke A
Year
1996