Professor Kim Foster

Kim_Foster_300Kim Foster is a nationally and internationally recognized leader in mental health nursing. She is Professor of Mental Health Nursing at Northwestern Mental Health, Melbourne Health and Australian Catholic University, where she heads the Mental Health Nursing Research Unit based at Royal Melbourne Hospital. Professor Foster is a Fellow of the Australian College of Mental Health Nurses and a Director on the Board of the College. She is an Honorary Professor at the University of Sydney. She is currently a Chief Investigator on an NHMRC Partnership Grant in Pediatric Injury and is engaged in a cross-disciplinary collaboration with Professor Kate Curtis and colleagues on a psychosocial program of research to improve the wellbeing of parents and families in the field of Pediatric Injury. She is widely published in mental health and psychosocial health and in 2011 was awarded a Winston Churchill Fellowship in the field of resilience intervention. Kim has had a long-standing focus on effective interventions to improve the resilience of people who experience adversity, most recently with the nursing workforce where she is testing the feasibility of a workforce resilience education program for mental health nurses.