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Lecture Overview

Threats of physical or verbal aggression is NEVER acceptable, under any circumstances. Sometimes they can be explained due to an individual being severely unwell but this does not mean our own mental and emotional health is not affected. Geoffrey Ahern gives an unmissable presentation on managing these behaviours with de-escalation techniques and recognising when an individual is at risk of harming themselves or others.


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Geoffrey Ahern

Geoffrey Ahern is a senior mental health clinician and educator who splits his time between working with people in a mental health crisis in the ED setting and working proactively in educating other health professionals and the community about how to better understand mental health problems and also substance use and addiction. Over the years, he has gained extensive experience in emergency and trauma, rural nursing, alcohol and other drug counselling, and psychiatric nursing across both the public and private sectors. He holds a masters of health science (mental health and addiction). Geoff is particularly fascinated by the impact that exercise, nutrition, community, meaning and purpose, and practices like yoga have on a person’s mental health as well as living a simple life of reflection, contentment, and wonderment.




107 Total Rating(s)

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Emily Quirk
21 Apr 2019

Very informative and interesting. One of the best lectures I have ever heard on this topic.

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Anita Carroll
20 Apr 2019

Great information with explanation of how this happens and what we can do to prevent but also how to handle it when these situation around aggression happen.

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Maryanne O'Neill
20 Apr 2019

I found this a very practical and engaging lecture. Enjoyed the lightheartedness of the lecturer and the content stimulating. Great overall.

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Julieta Capili
19 Apr 2019

In general, i have learned what is the practical approach in handling a patient who is agrressive

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Tracey Klein
18 Apr 2019

This was great.

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Bassey Oghenefejiro Mayeneka
17 Apr 2019


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Leonie Donaghue
17 Apr 2019

Great lecturer, good real life stories and anedotes to support content

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Shirley Wan
17 Apr 2019

very informative

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17 Apr 2019


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Riafe Cartajenas
16 Apr 2019

Well presented