Professor Eimear Muir-Cochrane

Emeritus Professor

College of Nursing and Health Sciences

place Bedford Park (N205)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Professor Eimear Muir-Cochrane is an Emeritus at Flinders University. Eimear is also a Visiting Professor at City, London University, UK.

Eimear served as President of the Australian College of Mental Health Nursing from October 2017 to April 2020

Eimear is an expert member of the Mental Health Professional Online Development Program MHPOD

She undertook a BSc Hons in Nursing at the University of London, then her mental health nurse training at the Maudsley and Bethlem Hospitals in London in the mid 1980s. Eimear has published multiple books, chapters, monographs and papers in mental health since the early 1980s with funded research on seclusion, aggression and violence, physical restraint, youth homelessness and absconding. She is passionate about making a difference to patients experiences of psychiatric hospitalisation, to reduce the use of restrictive practices used on patients and to contribute to nursing knowledge in mental health.

BSc Hons RN (University of London), Grad Dip Adult Ed. (UniSa), MNS (Deakin), PhD (RMIT) FACMHN, Credentialled Mental Health Nurse.
Honours, awards and grants

2018 Best paper at the International Mental Health Nursing Research Conference, Manchester, UK

2014 Best paper presentation at the National Nurse Education Conference, Adelaide Australia

2011 Department of Health SA Nursing and Midwifery Excellence Award for Research

2007 Carrick Award for Australian University Teaching

Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning

2000 Inaugural Postgraduate Lecturer of the Year Award (student nominated) UniSa

Teaching interests

Mental health and illness, research methodologies, interdisciplinary learning, use of innovative media in teaching and learning

Supervisory interests
Community mental health nursing
Emergency department
Restraint and seclusion of psychiatric patients
Risk assessment
Higher degree by research supervision
Principal supervisor: Care planning in community mental health settings (1), Mental Health Psychology (1), mental health in fiction (1)
Associate supervisor: Restraint of psychiatric patients (1)
Principal supervisor: Family presence during resuscitation (1), suicidal consumers in acute mental health inpatient units (1), Ethnography in the pre-hospital field (1)
Associate supervisor: Mental Health Nursing (1), Acute psychiatric care (1), Optometry (2), Prehospital care (1)
Higher degree by research student achievements
Himal Kandal

University Research publication award - JUN 2018

Himal Kandel

Vice Chancellor’s Prize for Doctoral Thesis Excellence - MAR 2019

Himal Kandal

SA International Student of the year - DEC 2018

Himal Kandel

Flinders University Academic Excellence - Postgraduate Research Award - DEC 2018

Suzanne Dawson

Flinders University Write Up Scholarship - MAR 2020

Sheela Kumaran

SA International student of the Year Award - OCT 2019

Sheela Kumaran

University Research student publication award - JUN 2019

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