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Mathew Ball

Matthew Ball
Director & Founder | HUMANE Clinic

Matt Ball is a Nurse Practitioner, Psychotherapist and founder of Humane Clinic. Matt speaks internationally on humane approaches to working with a person in distress as an alternative to pathologizing, diagnosis led, mental health systems. 

Matt was awarded Australian Mental Health Nurse of the year in 2017 for his work providing alternatives. His vision for the Just Listening Community draws on lived and professional experiences.

Matt is an experienced trainer and keynote speaker. He has also developed the theory of Dissocaichotic, and teaches, supervises and consults nationally and internationally. Matt has also acted as an expert witness in child protection and family legal cases. 

His background includes valuing and learning from his own lived and professional experiences in mental health, drug and alcohol, domestic violence and compassion-based approaches to human connection.







Top 10 Finalist of the ASTER Guardians | Nurse of the year award.

2018 Finalist - 2018 Hesta Australian Nurse of the Year Award - Matthew Ball

2017 Australian Mental Health Nurse of the Year - Matthew Ball

2017 Best Paper Presentation in General Category at the Australian College of Mental Health Nurses International Conference - Matthew Ball

2015 South Australian Nursing and Midwifery Excellence Awards: Clinical Practice - Metropolitan Registered Nurse/Midwife - Matthew Ball

2014 Stan Alchin Award: Runner up for Best Paper Presentation at the Australian College of Mental Health Nurses International Conference - Matthew Ball


Ball, M., & Picot, S. (in press). Dissociachotic: Seeing the non-psychosis that we share. Journal of Humanistic Psychology.​

Ball, M.,  & Ritchie, R. Suicide Narratives. Retrieved December 7 2020 at:

Raeburn, T., & Ball, M. (2020). Psychosis and schizophrenia. In K. Foster, P. Marks, A. O'Brien & T. Raeburn (Eds.), Mental health in nursing: Theory and practice for clinical settings. NY: Elsevier Health Sciences.​

Humane Clinic – Working with Voices and psychosis: case study (2019) Nurses - A voice to lead: Health for all. International Council of Nurses.

Diagnosis and Treatment: A Human Rights issue? - Australian College of Mental Health Nursing Magazine - Spring 2018,

By Matt Ball. 

'Psychosis Schizophrenia': The Importance of Understanding the Social Determinant of Trauma and Adversity Towards Supporting Personal Recovery Australian College of Mental Health Nursing Magazine Autumn 2018 - Article by Matthew Ball and Stephanie Mitchell. 

​​I used to be psychotic and then I heard a voice again blog for Mad in America by Matt Ball. ​

My journey from psychosis to 2017 Mental Health Nurse of the Year blog for SA Mental Health Commission by Matt Ball. ​

Mental health patient becomes Australia's best mental health nurse blog on ABC radio Adelaide.​

Children and Young People Who Hear Voices A Common Reality: Overcoming Stigma and Fear towards Hope, Empowerment and Recovery Australian College of Mental Health Nursing Magazine - Spring 2017 , by Matt Ball, Andrew Fort, Amanda Waegeli and Ros Thomas.​

Hearing Voices: A Common Human Experience Introducing the Journey from Emergency Distress to Personal Recovery in a Public Mental Health System Australian College of Mental Health Nursing Magazine -Winter 2017​, By Matt Ball, Amanda Waegeli and Andrew Fort.

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