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Mental health and culture from migrants' perspectives




Series: This seminar is jointly presented by the Centre for Mental Health Research and the Joint Institute for Mental Health Nursing, as part of the School of Health Sciences seminar series

Presenter: Professor Eimear Muir-Cochrane, Flinders University, Australia & Visiting Professor, Centre for Mental Health Research, City University London

Professor Eimear Muir-Cochrane is Chair of Nursing (Mental Health) and has been involved in mental health research and education for thirty years. Eimear's research focuses on nursing 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. Currently Eimear is working with SA Health 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. Eimear has received over $2million in national and international research funding from NIH (UK), NHMRC, Rotary and ARC and is a reviewer on these granting bodies. Eimear has also published two books, one App, a MOOC, monographs and over seventy refereed journal articles. Eimear has won OLT national program grants and citations and received numerous University and national teaching and research awards.

Further details of her books, chapters and research can be found at

Abstract:  Migrant and refugee resilience and wellbeing are contemporary issues in many societies today given the massive migration of peoples seeking safety and security. Using a constructivist pedagogy, we developed free educational online resources for undergraduate health students to be able to access to gain both self-awareness in emotional resilience, mental health and wellbeing as well as from the perspective of refugee and migrant communities in Australia. The materials demonstrate how teaching materials can be co-designed with people from migrant and refugee backgrounds and the challenges such work involves. The importance of cultural communication skills for health professionals is emphasised as well as their responsibility to provide support for migrant and refugees in maintaining good mental health.

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When and where

3.30pm - 4.30pmMonday 11th April 2016

AG03 College Building City, University of London St John Street London EC1V 4PB United Kingdom