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Dr Tessa Maguire

Senior Lecturer Forensic Mental Health Nursing


Dr Tessa Maguire is a Senior Lecturer in Forensic Mental Health Nursing. She has a joint appointment with the Centre for Forensic Behavioural Science Swinburne University of Technology, and the Victorian Institute of Forensic Mental Health, the state wide service in Victoria for forensic mental health. Tessa has been practicing as a mental health nurse for the past 24 years, 20 of those working in forensic mental health services in New Zealand and Australia. She has worked in a variety of roles including clinical, educational, and consultation roles. She also has experience in the development and delivery of professional development programs including external training, and co-ordination of the management of aggression in forensic mental health. Her research has focused on forensic mental health nursing practice, including risk assessment and nursing interventions to reduce aggression, and use of restrictive interventions. Tessa has published numerous articles, book chapters, and technical reports, and has delivered several local and international keynote presentations, and many conference presentations nationally and internationally.

Research interests

Inpatient aggression; Risk Assessment and management; Forensic Mental Health Nursing; Reduction of restricitive interventions

PhD candidate and honours supervision

Higher degrees by research

Accredited to supervise Masters & Doctoral students as Co-Supervisor.


Available to supervise honours students.

Fields of Research

  • Nursing - 420500
  • Other Health Sciences - 429900
  • Clinical And Health Psychology - 520300
  • Social And Personality Psychology - 520500


  • 2022, Select, Dr Chris Abderhalden Award for Young Researchers in the Field of Aggression in Healthcare, European Congress on Violence in Clinical Psychiatry.
  • 2020, International, CHRISTOPHER WEBSTER EARLY CAREER AWARD, The International Association of Forensic Mental Health Services
  • 2020, National, 23rd Annual Quality Improvement Awards: Clinical Excellence and Patient Safety award for: Implementing an electronic instrument and clinical decision support system to predict imminent aggression and structure intervention to reduce aggression and the use, Australian Council on Healthcare Standard (ACHS)


Also published as: Maguire, Tessa; Maguire, T.
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Recent research grants awarded

  • 2023: Risk Framework - Assertive Outreach and Case Management pilot program *; Department of Families, Fairness and Housing
  • 2021: Validating a risk assessment instrument to identify patients at risk of deliberate self-harm to assist nurses to intervene early *; Barbara Dicker Brain Science grant
  • 2020: Evaluation of the Forensicare Clinical Support Team *; Victorian Institute of Forensic Mental Health
  • 2020: Joint Position Funding - Forensicare Mental Health Nurse *; Victorian Institute of Forensic Mental Health
  • 2016: Standardising the use of physical restraint RFQ C4905 *; Auckland University of Technology

* Chief Investigator

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