Mark Smith

Principal advisor

The focus of my work is mental health and addiction outcome measurement and information use. I am programme lead within Te Pou for information work in which I provide strategic and operational direction and lead projects for the HoNOS family of measures, ADOM and Real Time Feedback. As Principal advisor I provide strategic advice to the executive team and chief executive on outcome measurement and information.

My background is clinical and academic. Clinically I am a registered psychiatric nurse and registered nurse practitioner. Academically I have an interest in philosophy - particularly philosophy of mind and ethics, in which I have a PhD.


RPN (London), BHsc (AUT), Msc (Liverpool), PG Dip Psych (Melbourne), PhD (Waikato), FNZCMHN, RNP

Some published research 

Lai, J., Jury, A., Long, J., Fergusson, D., Smith, M., Baxendine, S., & Gruar A. (2018). Variation in seclusion rates across New Zealand’s specialist mental health services: are sociodemographic and clinical factors influencing this? International Journal of mental health nursing

Jury, A., Lai, J., Tuason, C., Koning, A., Smith, M., Boyd, L., Swanson, C., Fergusson, D., & Gruar A. (2018). People who experience seclusion in adult mental health inpatient services: an examination of health of the nation outcome scores International Journal of mental health nursing

Smith, M. & Jury, A. (2017). Workforce development theory and practice in the mental health sector. IGI Global, USA.

Jury, A. & Smith, M. (2016). Measuring recovery in community addiction services. NZ Journal of Psychology, 45.

Smith, M. and Baxendine, S. (2015). Outcome measurement in New Zealand. International Review of Psychiatry, UK.

Smith, M. (2014). Judging mental health nursing using outcomes. NZ Nursing Review, 14(2).

Smith, M (2014). Mental Health nursing’s pocket technology for outcomes. NZ Nursing Review, 14(6).

Smith, M. (2014). A new mental health App should improve care. Kia Tiaki Nursing New Zealand, 20(8).

Smith, M. (2013). Moving towards an outcomes culture in mental health. Kai Tiaki Nursing New Zealand, 19(8). 

Smith, M. (2011). Case study: developing clinical utility for mental health outcomes information: A NZ perspective.  In Cashin, A., & Cook, R. (2011). Evidence-Based Practice in Nursing Informatics: Concepts and Applications. Hershey, PA: IGI Global. 

Mellsop, G. and Smith, M. (2011). Outcome measures in New Zealand. In Trauer, T. (2011). Outcome measurement: theory and practice. Cambridge University Press, UK. 

Smith, M. (2008). Reviewing the role of a mental health nurse practitioner. Kia Tiaki Nursing New Zealand, 14(3).

Current projects