Professor Nicholas Procter

Professor Procter is UniSA’s Chair: Mental Health Nursing and leader of the Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Research Group. The strategic intent of his work is to partner with people and organisations who can use research to make a difference outside of academia, particularly in consumer and carer engagement and public policy. His most recent book Mental Health: A person-centred approach (Cambridge University Press) is in its second edition. Professor Procter was a member of the review team led by Dr Aaron Groves into the former disgraced and now closed Oakden Mental Health Facility in South Australia. The Oakden Review sparked an independent inquiry into the practices of the Commonwealth Aged Care Quality regulator, a Senate Select Committee Inquiry and a South Australian ICAC investigation. In 2017 Professor Procter was recipient of SA’s highest mental health honour, the Dr Margaret Tobin Award, and SA Health’s Mental Health Excellence Award for Partnering with Lived Experience.


TERP focuses on identifying, avoiding and reducing harm across all environments in which the care of people with mental ill health is provided. TERP inforces Australia’s commitment to reduce the use of, and eliminate restrictive practices as a priority for action. Each jurisdiction, in conjunction with the Safety and Quality Partnership Standing Committee and the Commonwealth Government, works towards this vision by holding a series of forums providing an opportunity to learn and grow from local and national initiatives to eliminate restrictive practices and create a dialogue for future care.

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