24 August 2017

Abertay to host Adelaide mental health expert

Abertay to host Adelaide mental health expert

Abertay University will host a research seminar with Professor Eimear Muir-Cochrane of Flinders University, Adelaide discussing chemical restraint and its use as coercion in mental health.

Chemical restraint is considered to be one of the most severe forms of coercion in mental health, and its use is strongly restricted in some countries but preferred in others where it is regarded as the best tool to manage acutely disturbed behaviour.

Defining chemical restraint is itself problematic and consumers have strong views about its use. This presentation attempts to unpack some of the issues about this form of restraint and to gain understandings about a way forward in the treatment of people with mental health problems.

Professor Eimear Muir-Cochrane is Chair of Nursing (Mental Health) at Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia and is Visiting Professor at the Centre for Mental Health Research, City, University of London.

She has been involved in mental health research and education for over thirty years.

Her research focuses on mental health in both the community and hospital settings.

Current areas of investigation include restraint (chemical mechanical and seclusion) practices in acute in-patient psychiatric units and the consumer experience.

She is passionate about trying to make a difference in researching aggression, seclusion, absconding and restraint and is recognised as an international expert in these areas.

Currently Eimear is working on funded projects that include: the nature of empathy in acute inpatient psychiatric settings, the role of Assistants in Nursing in the observation of psychiatric patients in Emergency Departments, an operational definition of chemical restraint, and the nature of code blacks (aggression code call) on medical wards.

The seminar will be held on September 6 at 12.30pm.

For more information on studying Mental Health Nursing at Abertay visit https://www.abertay.ac.uk/discover/academic-schools/social-and-health-sciences/mental-health-nursing-and-counselling/

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