Professor Brian McKenna

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Professor in Forensic Mental Health

Phone: 09 921 9999 ext 7507

Email: brian.mckenna@aut.ac.nz

Qualifications:

  • Doctor of Philosophy (Psychiatry)
  • Master of Health Science (Honours)
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Diploma in Nursing

Memberships and Affiliations:

  • The European Violence in Psychiatry Research Group (EViPRG)
  • Advisory Group, International Association of Forensic Mental Health Services.
  • Australian and New Zealand Association of Psychiatry, Psychology and Law
  • International Association of Forensic Nursing.
  • International Academy of Law and Mental Health.
  • Te Ao Maramatanga, New Zealand College of Mental Health Nurses.
  • Clinical Reference Group,   Advisory Group, Te Pou o te Whakaaro Nui, National Centre of Evidence Based Workforce Development for the Mental Health, Addiction and Disability Sectors in New Zealand.
  • Research Clinical Governance Group,  Awhina  Research, Innovation  and Knowledge Centre, Waitemata District Health Board.
  • Editorial Board, Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing

Biography:

Brian is a West Aucklander of Pakeha descent. He is a Registered Nurse and his clinical chair is a joint appointment between Auckland University of Technology and the Auckland Regional Forensic Psychiatry Services. He currently is an Adjunct Professor, Swinburne University of Technology, Victoria, Australia. His most recent role until returning to New Zealand was as the inaugural Professor of Mental Health Nursing at the Australian Catholic University and North Western Mental Health, Melbourne Health, Victoria. He lives with his wife and their four children in Owairaka, Auckland.

Teaching Areas:

•    Forensic mental health
•    Mental health legislation
•    Mental health nursing

Research Areas:

•    Forensic mental health
•    Mental health legislation
•    Mental health nursing

Research Summary:

Brian has published widely on research in forensic mental health, and the interface between clinical practice and mental health law. This includes research on the relationship between mental health and homicide; evaluation of in-reach mental health service delivery to prisons; mental health innovations in courts; research on reducing the use of restrictive interventions in mental health services; problem gambling in prisons; and risk assessment and management. He has authored over 100 peer reviewed journal articles, peer reviewed technical reports and book chapters.

Current Research Projects:

  • Envisaging a solution-focused criminal justice system: What would a continuum of evidence-based interventions for mental health and addiction-related offending look like? Borrin Foundation funded
  • Case study capturing the progress made by the Victorian Department of Health and Human Service in its approach to reducing, and in some cases eliminating, the use of restrictive interventions in mental health. Victorian Department of Health and Human Services.
  • ›Sensory modulation for anxiety in primary health care: A feasibility study. Health Research Council Feasibility Grant.
  • Research capturing the progress made by Te Pou o te Whakaaro Nui in its approach to reducing the use of restrictive interventions (seclusion and restraint) in mental health services,. Te Pou o Te Whakaaro Nui: National Centre of Mental Health Workforce Development and Research. 
  • Te Papakāinga o Tāne Whakapiripiri:  A case study of a kaupapa Māori  forensic mental health secure rehabilitation service. Oakley Foundation

Schedule:

Keynote presentation  . “When the rubber hits the road: Working together when restrictive interventions are enduring.” Towards Elimination of Restrictive Practices 11th National Forum. Working Together: A culture of Care. Perth, Western Australia May 4-5, 2017.

Publications:

These are the publications for the last 5 years only.

Refereed journals

  • Maguire, T., Ryan, J., Fullam, R. & McKenna, B. (2018). Evaluating the introduction of the Safewards model to a medium to long term forensic mental health ward. Journal of Forensic Nursing. Accepted.
  • Bennetts, W., Maylea, C., McKenna, B. & Makregiorgos, H. (2018). The ‘Tricky Dance’ of Advocacy: a case study of non-legal mental health advocacy. Journal of Mental Health and Capacity Law, accepted.
  • Furness, T., Wallace, E., McElhinney, J., McKenna, B., Cuzzillo, C., Foster, K. (2018). Co-locating an accredited practising dietitian to an adult community mental health service: an exploratory study. International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, accepted doi: 10.1111/inm.12470.
  • Came, H., Doole, C., McKenna, B. & McCreanor, T. (2018). Racism in public health contracting: Findings of a nationwide survey from New Zealand. Social Science and Medicine, 199, 132-139.
  • Brown, T., McKenna, B. & Furness, T. (2018). Impact of a nurse practitioner role on metabolic monitoring completion and referrals for consumers admitted to the intensive care area of an acute inpatient mental health unit. International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, 27, 341-348.
  • McKenna, B., Skipworth, J., Tapsell, R., Pillai, K., Madell, D., Simpson, A., Cavney, J. & Rouse, P. (2018). Impact of an Assertive Community Treatment based model of care on the treatment of prisoners with a serious mental illness. Australasian Psychiatry, 26(3), 285-289.
  • Maguire, T., Daffern, M., Bowe, S. & McKenna, B. (2017). Nursing interventions in a forensic mental health inpatient setting: associations and impact on aggressive behavior. Journal of Clinical Nursing,  Nurs. 2017 Oct 19. doi: 10.1111/jocn.14107.
  • McKenna, B., McEvedy, S., Maguire, T. Ryan, J. Furness, T. (2017). Prolonged duration of the use of restrictive interventions in mental health services: The Victorian Department of Health and Human Services Reporting Pilot. International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, 26950, 491-499.
  • Maguire, T., Daffern, M., Bowe, S. & McKenna, B. (2017). Predicting aggressive behavior in acute forensic mental health units: A re-examination of the Dynamic Appraisal of Situational Aggression’s predictive ability. International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, 26(5), 472-481.
  • Furness, T., Mnatzaganian, G., Garlick, R., Ireland, S., McKenna, B. & Hill, K. (2017). Post-fall reporting in aged acute mental health inpatient units: an 18-month observational cohort study. International  Psychogeriatrics, doi.org/10.1017/S1041610217001648.
  • Furness, T., Maguire, T., Brown, S. & McKenna, B. (2017).  Perceptions of Procedural Justice and Coercion during Community-Based Mental Health Crisis: A Comparison Study among Stand-Alone Police Response and Co-Responding Police and Mental Health Clinician Response. Policing: A journal of Policy and Practice, doi:10.1093/police/paw047.
  • Furness, T., Hewavasam, J., Barnfield, J., McKenna, B., & Joseph, C. (2017). Adding an accredited exercise physiologist role to a new model of care at a secure extended care mental health service: a qualitative study. Journal of Mental Health. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09638237.2017.1294744.
  • McKenna, B. (2017). Further reflections on recovery-oriented mental health practice in a community care unit: A response. Journal of Forensic Nursing, accepted.
  • McEvedy, S., Furness, T. & McKenna, B. (2017). Introduction of a drug detection dog programme in mental health inpatient units: A mixed methods study of consumer, staff and carers’ perceptions. International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, doi: 10.1111/inm.12335.
  • Furness, T., McKenna, B., Maguire, T. & Brown, S. (2017). NPACER. Policing: A journal of Policy and Practice, accepted
  • Furness, T., Hewavasam, J., Barnfield, J., McKenna, B., & Joseph, C. (2017). Adding an accredited exercise physiologist role to a new model of care at a secure extended care mental health service: a qualitative study. Journal of Mental Health. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09638237.2017.1294744.
  • McEvedy, S., Maguire, T., Furness, T. & McKenna, B. (2017). Sensory modulation and trauma-informed-care knowledge transfer and translation in mental health services in Victoria: Evaluation of a statewide train-the-trainer intervention. Nursing Education in Practice, 25, 36-42.
  • McKenna, B., Skipworth, J. & Pillai, K. (2017). Mental health care and treatment in prisons: A new paradigm to support best practice. World Psychiatry, 16(1), 3-4.
  • McKenna,B., McEvedy, S., Kelly, K., Long, B., Anderson, J., Dalzell, E., Maguire, T., Tacey M. & Furness. T. (2016). Association of methamphetamine use and restrictive interventions in an acute adult inpatient mental health unit: A retrospective cohort study. International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, doi: 10.1111/inm.12283
  • McKenna, B., Furness, T., Oakes, J.,  Fourniotis, N. & Toomey, N. (2016). Recovery-oriented mental health practice in a Community Care Unit: an illustrative case study. Journal of Forensic Nursing, DOI:10.1097/JFN0000000000000127.
  • Blackburn, J., McKenna, B., Jackson, B., Hitch    D., Benitez, J.,  McLennan, C. & Furness, T. (2016). Evaluating sensory modulation training in  a youth acute in-patient mental health unit: A pilot study. Issues in Mental Health Nursing, accepted.
  • Wharewera-Mika, J., Cooper, E., McKenna, B., Wiki, N., Field, T., Haitana, J., Toko, M. & Edwards, E. (2016).  Strategies to reduce the use of seclusion with tāngata whai i te ora (Māori mental health service users). International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, accepted.
  • Chapman, R., Martin, C., Rahman, A., McKenna, B. & Barnfield, J. (2016). Australian nurses’ perceptions of the use of manual restraint in the Emergency Department: A qualitative perspective.  Journal of Clinical Nursing, accepted.
  • McKenna, B. (2016). Reducing restrictive interventions: the nursing need to drive change. Journal of Forensic Nursing, 12(2), 47-48.
  • Hall, A., Furness, T., McKenna, B., Dearie, V., Maguire, T. & Charleston, R. (2016). Educating emergengcy department nurses about trauma informed care for people presenting with mental health crisis: a pilot study. BMC Nursing, 15:21, DOI 10.1186/s12912-016-0141-y.
  • O’Donoghue, B., Brophy, L., Owens, N., Rasic, M., McCullough, B.,  Huang, B., Vine, R. & McKenna, B. (2016). Rate of community treatment orders and readmission orders following reconfiguration of community mental health services. Australasian Psychiatry, 1-4. DOI:10.1177/1039856216629841.
  • Pillai, K., Rouse, P.,  McKenna, B., Skipworth, J., Cavney, J. Tapsell, D., Simpson, A. & R., Madell, (2016). From positive screen to engagement in treatment: The impact of a new model of care for prisoners with serious mental illness. BMC Psychiatry, 16:9. DOI: 10.1186/s12888-016-0711-2.
  • Sistig, B., Hatters Friedman, S., McKenna, B.,  Consedine, N. (2015). Mindful yoga as an adjunct treatment for forensic inpatients: A preliminary evaluation.  Journal of Forensic Psychiatry and Psychology, 26(6), 824-846.
  • McKenna, B., Skipworth, J., Tapsell, R., Madell, D., Pillai, K., Simpson, A., Cavney, J. & Rouse, P. (2015). Prison mental health in-reach: the impact of innovation on transition planning, community mental health service engagement and re-offending. Criminal Behaviour and Mental Health, 25, 429-439.
  • McKenna, B., Furness, T., Oakes, J. & Brown, S. (2015). Police and mental health clinician partnership in response to mental health crisis: A qualitative study. International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, 24, 386-393.
  • Happell, B., Galletly, C., Castle, D., Platania-Phung, C., Stanton, R., Scott, D., McKenna, B., Millar, F., Liu, D., Browne, M. & Furness, T. (2015). Scoping review of research in Australia on the occurrence of physical and serious mental illness and integrated care. International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, 24, 421-238.
  • McKenna, B., Fernbacher, S., Furness, T. & Hannon, M. (2015) “Cultural brokerage” and beyond: piloting the role of an urban Aboriginal Mental Hospital Liaison Officer. BMC Public Health, 15:881. DOI 10.1186/s12889-015-2221-4.
  • McKenna, B., Furness, T., Brown, S., Tacey, M., Hiam, A. & Wise, M. (2015). Police and clinician diversion of people in mental health crisis from the  Emergency Department: A trend analysis and cross comparison study.  BMC Emergency Medicine, 15:14 DOI 10.1186/s12873-015-0040-7
  • Wheeler, A., McKenna, B., Madell, D., Harrison, J., Prebble, K., Larsso, E., Dunbar, L. & Nakarada-Kordic, I. (2015). Self-reported health-related quality of life of mental health service users with serious mental illness in New Zealand. Journal of Primary Health Care, 7(2), 117-123.
  • Chapman, R., Martin, C., Rahman, A., McKenna, B. & Barnfield, J. (2015). The use of manual restraint in the emergency department, do we really know what's going on? International Emergency Nursing, 23, 109-111.
  • Happell, B., Platania-Phung, C., Webster, S., McKenna, B., Millar, F., Stanton, R., Galletly, C., Castle, D., Furness, T., Liu, D., & Scott, D. (2015). Applying the World Health Organization Mental Health Action Plan to evaluate policy on addressing co-occurrence of physical and mental illnesses in Australia.  Australian Health Review, 39, 370-378.
  • McKenna, B., Furness, T., Dhital,D., Park, M.. & Connally, F. (2014). The transformation from custodial to recovery-oriented care: ‘A paradigm shift that needed to happen’. Journal of Forensic Nursing, 10, 226-233.
  • Bullock, R., McKenna, B., Kelly, T., Furness, T., & Tacey, M. (2014). When reduction strategies are put in place and mental health consumers are still secluded: an analysis of clinical and socio-demographic characteristics. International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, 23, 506-512.
  • McKenna, B., Furness, T., Dhital,D., & Ireland, S. (2014). Recovery-orientated care in older adult aged in-patient mental health settings: an exploratory study. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 62, 1938–1942.
  • Happell, B., Stanton, R., McKenna, B. & Scott, D. (2014). The cardiometabolic health nurse: physical health behaviour outcomes from a randomised controlled trial. Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 35, 768–775.
  • McKenna, B., Furness, T., Wallace, E., Happell, B., Stanton, R., Plantania-Phung, C., Edward, K. & Castle, D. (2014). The effectiveness of specialist roles in mental health metabolic monitoring: a retrospective cross-sectional comparison study. BMC Psychiatry, 14, 234.
  • McKenna, B., Furness, T., Dhital, D., Ennis, G., Houghton, J., Lupson, C. & Toomey, N. (2014). Recovery-orientated care in acute in-patient mental health settings: an exploratory study. Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 35, 526–532.
  • McKenna, B., Furness, T., Dhital,D.,Park, M. & Connally, F. (2014). Recovery-oriented care in a secure mental health setting: “Striving for a good life”. Journal of Forensic Nursing, 10, 63-69.
  • Happell, B., Byrne, L., McAllister, M., Lampshire, D., Roper, C., Cadeyrn, J., Martin, G., Wynaden, D., McKenna, B., Lakeman, R., Platania-Phung, C. & Hamer, H. (2014). Consumer involvement in the tertiary-level education of mental health professionals: a systematic review. International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, 23(1), 3–16.
  • Wheeler, A., McKenna, B., & Madell, D. (2014). Access to general health care services by a New Zealand population with serious mental illness. Journal of Primary Health Care, 6(1), 7–16.

Book chapters

  • McKenna, B., Maguire, T. & Martin, T. (2016). Forensic mental health nursing. In R. Elder, K. Evans & D. Nizette (Eds.), Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing (4th ed.). Sydney: Elsevier. In press.
  • Daffern, M., Maguire, T., Carroll, A & McKenna, B. (2015). Workplace violence: A focus on the mental health sector. In A. Day & E. Fernandez (Eds.), Violence in Australia: Policy, Practice and Solutions (pp.104-116). New South Wales: The Federation Press

Technical reports

  • Maguire, T., Ryan, J. & McKenna, B. (2018). Forensic Mental Health Restrictive Intervention Benchmarking Project. Melbourne: Forensicare.
  • McKenna, B., Sutton, D., Sweetman, L. E., & Miner-Williams, W. (2018). The role of the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services in assisting mental health services to reduce restrictive practices: A case study. Victoria, Australia: Department of Health and Human Services.
  • McKenna, B., Sutton, D., Sweetman, L. E., & Miner-Williams, W. (2018). The role of Te Pou o te Whakaaro Nui in assisting mental health services to reduce restrictive practices: A case study. Auckland, New Zealand: Te Pou o Te Whakaaro Nui.
  • Quinn, C., De Bortoli, L., Ryan, J., McKenna, B. & Fullam, R. (2017). Use of Restrictive practices on males released from prison and entering acute mental health services. Melbourne: Forensicare.
  • Maguire, T., Daffern, M., & McKenna, B. (2017). The Dynamic Appraisal of Situational Aggression. Aggression Prevention Protocol Nursing Practice Manual. Melbourne: Victorian Institute of Forensic Mental Health.
  • McKenna, B. (2017). Toward elimination of restrictive practices. Intensive Focus on Mental Health in the Courts. Wellington: New Zealand Law Society.
  • Berghan, G., Came, H., Cameron, K.,  Chenery, C., Goza, T., Mikahere-Hall, A., Hickey, H., Hoffman, N., Houkamau, C., Manson, L., McCreanor, T., McKenna, B., Nairn, R., Sykes, A., Warbrick, I., Wilson, D. (2017). Committee on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination Shadow Report: Aotearoa New Zealand.
  • Vine, R., McKenna, B. & Tamehana, W. (2016). Independent Review of Tāwhiri-Mātea: Regional Rehabilitation and Extended Care Service, August-September, 2016
  • McKenna, B., Daffern, M. & Maguire, T. (2016). Minimum training standards: Preventing and managing clinical aggression including the use of physical restraint. Melbourne: State of Victoria Department of Health and Human Services
  • McKenna, B., Daffern, M., Maguire, T. & Roberton, T.  (2016). A literature review and policy analysis on the use of physical restraint in Victoria. Melbourne: State of Victoria Department of Health and Human Services.
  • McKenna, B., Daffern, M., Maguire, T. & Roberton, T. (2016). A literature review and policy analysis on the management of clinical aggression in Victoria. Melbourne: State of Victoria Department of Health and Human Services.
  • Robinson, M., Gonzalez, R., McKenna, B. & Guerin, B. (2016). A proposed trauma-informed model of care for Youth Justice Secure Services in Victoria. Melbourne: State of Victoria Department of Health and Human Services.
  • Gonzalez, R., McKenna, B. & Guerin, B (2016). Youth justice models of care: A review of international evidence. Melbourne: State of Victoria Department of Health and Human Services.
  • Wood, E., Milne, M., Pope, K. & McKenna, B. (2016). Supporting recovery through least restrictive practice at Wāhi Oranga, Nelson Marlborough DHB. Auckland: Te Pou o Te Whakāro Nui.
  • Hamilton, B., Fletcher, J., McKenna, B., Roper,  C., Sands, N. & Elsom, S. (2015). Report toChief Mental Health Nurse Department of Health, Victoria: Safewards Victorian Trial Second Interim Report – Process Evaluation. Melbourne: State of Victoria Department of Health and Human Services.
  • Hamilton, B., Fletcher, J., McKenna, B., Roper,  C., Sands, N. & Elsom, S. (2015). Report toChief Mental Health Nurse Department of Health, Victoria: Safewards Victorian Trial Interim Report. Melbourne: State of Victoria Department of Health and Human Services.
  • McKenna, B., McEvedy, S., Maguire, T. & Furness, T. (2015). The evaluation of sensory modulation and trauma informed care training. Melbourne: State of Victoria Department of Health and Human Services.
  • McKenna, B., Furness, T., McEvedy, S. & Maguire, T. (2015). The Restrictive Intervention Variance Pilot Report.  Melbourne: State of Victoria Department of Health and Human Services.
  • McKenna, B., Furness, T. & Maguire, T. (2014). A Literature Review and Policy Analysis on the Practice of Restrictive Interventions. Melbourne: State of Victoria Department of Health and Human Services.

Awards:

  • Fellow, Te Ao Maramatanga, New Zealand College of Mental Health Nurses.
  • Adjunct Professor, Centre for Forensic Behavioural Science, Swinburne University of Technology, Victoria Australia.
  • Visiting Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Melbourne, Victoria,Australia