Professor Eimear Muir-Cochrane

Professor of Nursing

College of Nursing and Health Sciences

place Sturt North Wing (N205)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Professor Eimear Muir-Cochrane is Chair of Nursing (Mental Health) and Adjunct Professor at UniSa. Eimear is also a Visiting Professor at City, London University, UK.

Eimear was elected as President to the Australian College of Mental Health Nursing in 2017 for a three year term.

Eimear is a current TEQSA expert and 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.

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

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 (student nominated) UniSa

Key responsibilities
Chair Academic Senate
Professor of Nursing (Mental Health)
Research expertise
Consumer and carer perspectives
Health professional education
Mental health
Mental health promotion in educational settings
Nursing
Online learning
Public health and health services
Quantitative methods
Research interests

Current research projects focus on a number of areas including absconding, restraint and seclusion of psychiatric patients, community mental health nursing, resilience and recovery in mental health, the role of peer support workers in research and teaching, interdisciplinary education, aggression and violence.

For further information please see our mental health site.

Teaching interests

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

Topic lecturer
NURS9542 Counselling in mental Health nursing PEP
NURS9518 Independent study
NURS9219 Introduction to Research
NURS9222 Advances in Nursing Knowlegde
NURS9218 Approaches to Research Design
NURS8760 Acute Mental Health Nursing
Supervisory interests
Acute care
Clinical decision making and case based reasoning
Clinical nursing research
Community mental health nursing
Emergency department
Restraint and seclusion in general hospitals
Restraint and seclusion of psychiatric patients
Risk assessment
Suicide and suicidal behaviour
Higher degree by research supervision
Current
Principal supervisor: Care planning in community mental health settings (1), Mental Health Psychology (1)
Associate supervisor: Care planning in acute psychiatric units (1), Resilience in first responders (-1), Optometry (2)
Completion
Principal supervisor: Family presence during resuscitation (1), suicidal consumers in acute mental health inpatient units (1), Ethnography in the pre-hospital field (1)
Publications
Expert for media contact
Aggression
Mental health
Nursing
Research
Social inclusion
Suicide
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Media expertise
  • Aggression
  • Mental health
  • Nursing
  • Research
  • Social inclusion
  • Suicide