Section: Overview
Key publications
Research funding
Supervising & teaching

Key details

Areas of expertise

  • Mental health nursing
  • primary mental health
  • Access to evidence based health care for people experiencing psycho - social difficulties
  • participatory methodologies and methods

Available to supervise research students

Available for media queries

About Susan Kidd

Dr Susan Kidd is employed as a Lecturer in Mental Health Nursing at Victoria University. Clinically, Susan continues to work as nurse practitioner in primary care.

Susan has been involved as a co-researcher on funded projects including:

  • evaluating new mental health services
  • oral health and mental health
  • the arts and mental health
  • working with families in recovery-oriented ways
  • improving access to mental health services in rural areas.

She is interested in developing critically reflective mental health practitioners. Her PhD focused on workplace culture and organisation change. Participatory methodologies in research invite a multitude of perspectives to influence health service delivery.

Susan is interested in conducting research in the area of access to evidence-based health care for people with psycho-social disability.


  • PhD
  • Master of Nursing Science
  • Bachelor of Nursing
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Graduate Diploma of Narrative Therapy

Key publications

Year Citation
2019 Waller, S., Reupert, A., Ward, B., McCormick, F., & Kidd, S. (190201). Family-focused recovery: Perspectives from individuals with a mental illness. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF MENTAL HEALTH NURSING, 28(1), (247-255).

doi: 10.1111/inm.12528

2018 De, Vecchi., Kenny, A., Dickson-Swift, V., & Kidd, S. (180901). Continuing professional development in mental health: Promoting dialogue and reflection through art. Nurse Education in Practice, 32 (34-36).

doi: 10.1016/j.nepr.2018.07.003

2018 Reupert, A., Ward, B., McCormick, F., Ward, C., Waller, S., & Kidd, S. (180130). Developing a model of family focused practice with consumers, families, practitioners and managers: a community based participatory research approach. BMC HEALTH SERVICES RESEARCH, 18

doi: 10.1186/s12913-018-2844-0

2017 De, Vecchi., Kenny, A., Dickson-Swift, V., & Kidd, S. (170911). Exploring the Process of Digital Storytelling in Mental Health Research: A Process Evaluation of Consumer and Clinician Experiences. International Journal of Qualitative Methods, 16(1),

doi: 10.1177/1609406917729291

2017 Ward, B., Reupert, A., McCormick, F., Waller, S., & Kidd, S. (170324). Family-focused practice within a recovery framework: practitioners' qualitative perspectives. BMC HEALTH SERVICES RESEARCH, 17

doi: 10.1186/s12913-017-2146-y

2016 De, Vecchi., Kenny, A., Dickson-Swift, V., & Kidd, S. (160601). How digital storytelling is used in mental health: A scoping review. International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, 25(3), (183-193).

doi: 10.1111/inm.12206

2015 De, Vecchi., Kenny, A., & Kidd, S. (150310). Stakeholder views on a recovery-oriented psychiatric rehabilitation art therapy program in a rural Australian mental health service: A qualitative description. International Journal of Mental Health Systems, 9(1),

doi: 10.1186/s13033-015-0005-y

2015 Kidd, S., Kenny, A., & McKinstry, C. (150201). Exploring the meaning of recovery-oriented care: An action-research study. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF MENTAL HEALTH NURSING, 24(1), (38-48).

doi: 10.1111/inm.12095

2015 Kidd, S., Kenny, A., & McKinstry, C. (150101). The meaning of recovery in a regional mental health service: an action research study. JOURNAL OF ADVANCED NURSING, 71(1), (181-192).

doi: 10.1111/jan.12472

2014 Kidd, S., Kenny, A., & McKinstry, C. (141201). From experience to action in recovery-oriented mental health practice: A first person inquiry. ACTION RESEARCH, 12(4), (357-373).

doi: 10.1177/1476750314534997

Research funding for the past 5 years

Funding details for this researcher are currently unavailable.


Many thanks to the following organisations for their support and essential contributions to my research:

  • Violet Vines Marshman Rural Health Inititative

    Linking with Professor Amanda Kenny research research program - access to oral health for people experiencing mental health problems.

Supervision of research students at VU

Available to supervise research students

Available for media queries

Currently supervised research students at VU

No. of students Study level Role
1 PhD Associate supervisor

Currently supervised research students at VU

Students & level Role
PhD (1) Associate supervisor

Other supervision of research students

1 completed PhD student - Dr Nadia De Vecchi (Exploring the use of art in transforming mental health services). Current associate supervisor - Mulki Said (The experience of Somali Australian women as carers for people with a diagnosis of serious mental illness).

Teaching activities & experience

Currently Susan is teaching in the Bachelor of Nursing in nursing and mental health subjects. Currently the Bachelor of Nursing subjects are being transformed in an intensive teaching mode, known as the "block model".

Susan is a member of HERDSA (Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia) to link and develop a learning and teaching philosophy and portfolio of evidence.

Professional memberships

  • Fellow, Australian College of Mental Health Nurses
  • Member, Australian College of Nurse Practitioners
  • Member, Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation