Associate Professor Deb O'Kane

Associate Professor (Teaching Specialist (Clin))

College of Nursing and Health Sciences

place Sturt North (N319)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Deb completed her Mental Health Nursing in Nottingham U.K. in the late 1980s. She has a career which has spanned the UK and Australia with a distinct focus on promoting mental health practice by collaborating with service users, carers and providers and fostering research partnerships. Deb holds a particular interest in the mental health of children and young people after working for several years in this area. Her research involvement has lead to a number of publications in peer reviewed journals.

  •    RMN (1989) Nottingham School of Nursing & Midwifery
  •    English National Board 998 Teaching and Assessing in Clinical Practice. Nottingham University
  •    English National Board 603 ­­­ Specialist Practice in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Nottingham University
  •    English National Board 970 – Child Protection. University of Sheffield
  •    Graduate Diploma in Clinical Nursing (2002) University of Sheffield
  •    Diploma in Youth Work
  •    Diploma in Community Management
  •    Diploma in Workplace Training and Assessing
  •    Masters in Nursing (2009) Flinders University Adelaide
  •    Post Grad cert in Higher Education
Teaching interests

All aspects of mental health practice though has a keen interest in therapeutic engagement, counselling and trauma informed care.

Topic coordinator
NURS9541 Counselling in Mental Health Nursing
NURS1007 Dimensions of Physical and Mental Health
NURS1003 Psychosocial Perspectives of Health Care
NURS8760 Acute Mental Health Nursing Theory
NURS8761 Acute Mental Health Nursing Practice
NURS9542 Counselling in Mental Health Nursing Practice