Otago nurse Bernadette Forde-Paus became one of New Zealand's first mental health nurse practitioners in 2002. This qualification allowed her to prescribe medicines and order laboratory tests in her area of expertise. In 2009 the Otago District Health Board employed her to work with adults with a dual diagnosis of intellectual disability and major mental illness.
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Otago Daily Times
Reference: 17 January 2009
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