Mental health leader recognised nationally

Flinders Professor of Nursing, Eimear Muir-Cochrane, has been appointed President of the Australian College of Mental Health Nurses (ACMHN).

The ACMHN is the peak body for mental health nurses in Australia, and Professor Muir-Cochrane’s outstanding work in her field has seen her elected to her role for the next three years.

She currently holds the position of Chair of Nursing (Mental Health) at Flinders University.

Professor Muir-Cochrane was nominated at the ACMHN annual general meeting, held during the 42nd International Mental Health Nursing Conference, which ran from 25 – 27 October 2017 in Hobart.

During the conference she also launched the ACMHN report about reducing seclusion and restraint in mental health settings.

Her presentation of the national report, of which she was lead researcher, generated news coverage in the Sydney Morning Herald, where it was described as “groundbreaking”.

The report calls for better support and resourcing in mental health units.

During the conference, Flinders University postgraduate student Matthew Ball was also named 2017 Mental Health Nurse of the Year.

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