Tessa Moriarty is an experienced Credentialed Mental Health Nurse Consultant who has worked in senior executive roles, led and managed teams and coordinated project work across primary health, public and private mental health sector services and run her own successful private practice/business for over 30 years.
Recently, Tessa developed Clinical Practice Guidelines for Credentialed Mental Health Nurses working in Primary Mental Health settings in partnership with South Eastern Melbourne Primary Health Network. She is strongly affiliated with the Australian College of Mental Health Nursing and is a Peer Reviewer for the Credentialing of Mental Health Nurses across Australia.
Tessa is also a trained Gestalt group and individual psychotherapist, facilitator, mentor and clinical supervisor and brings a wealth of knowledge, skill and experience to the individuals and team with whom she works. Although a move to the Mornington Peninsula in recent years has reduced her psychotherapy and counselling work, Tessa has built up her telephone and video-conferencing provision of clinical supervision and reflective practice to a range of professionals and clinicians, working in mental health settings. She also provides occasional telephone EAP and short-term counselling.
With the restrictions in recent weeks related to COVID-19 and the increase in telehealth funding, Tessa believes commissioning organisations, health services and registration and professional bodies need to work together to ensure consistent frameworks and guidelines that support the safe and quality delivery of these programs/services.