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Details
CPD1h 15m of CPD
Rating
4.6
Total Rating(s)15
Publish Date01 December 2015
Review Date31 August 2018
Expiry Date01 December 2018
Recorded InMelbourne, Australia

Course Overview

This Course is designed for nurses or midwives who are caring for pregnant women/new mothers who show signs and symptoms of a mental health disorder.

Topics include:

  • Assessment of mental health during the perinatal period
  • Specific mental health disorders
  • Treatment options

Target audience

Nurses or midwives who are caring for pregnant women/new mothers who show signs and symptoms of a mental health disorder.

Purpose

Enhance understanding of how the vulnerable nature of pregnancy and childbirth can influence the emergence of mental health disorders in women.

Need

It is widely accepted that the perinatal period (including birth and the following twelve months) is a time of extraordinary change in a woman’s life and that is it very common for a woman to experience a wide range of emotions. For many women, anxieties and fears spontaneously resolve, however, there is a growing number of women for whom pregnancy and parenthood can trigger more serious mental health concerns.

Nurses and midwives must have a fundamental understanding of these mental health disorders in order to screen for them effectively in the perinatal period and to recognise the emergence of signs and symptoms of mental ill health. This will allow them to respond with care that is evidenced-based, culturally safe and family-centered.

Learning Outcomes

  • Explain the role of accurate assessment and early intervention in the woman who is experiencing mental distress
  • Describe the signs and symptoms of a variety of mental health disorders arising in the perinatal period
  • List the common treatment options available to treat these disorders with an emphasis on the safety for both mother and baby

Disclosure

No conflict of interest exists for anyone in the position to control content for this activity. Wherever possible, generic or non-proprietary names of medications or products have been used.

Educator

Portrait of Karen-Ann Clarke
Karen-Ann Clarke

Dr Karen-Ann Clarke is a Registered Nurse and a specialised mental health nurse, with 30 years’ experience of working with individuals and families impacted by the experiences of mental illness. Using a feminist narrative methodology, her PhD research explored the way in which women diagnosed with depression made decisions and meanings about receiving electroconvulsive therapy. As a lecturer in nursing at USC, Dr Clarke is responsible for the coordination of mental health curricula across multiple undergraduate and post-graduate programs. Teaching in excess of 900 undergraduate students each year, she is passionate about the value that immersive mental health simulation can bring to student’s learning and clinical skills, and the way that it can safely bring to life theoretical concepts related to mental health care. Dr Clarke currently supervises a number of honours, masters, and PhD students and is part of numerous research projects involving visualisation and simulation, mental illness, suicide prevention and the inclusion of people with lived experience of mental illness into the teaching and learning space.

Details
CPD1h 15m of CPD
Rating
4.6
Total Rating(s)15
Publish Date01 December 2015
Review Date31 August 2018
Expiry Date01 December 2018
Recorded InMelbourne, Australia
Topic Tags
Women's Health
Chronic Illness
Pregnancy
Loss and Grief
Child and Family Health
Depression
Maternal and Child Health
Cultural Considerations
Patient Safety
Mental Health
Obstetrics
Psychology
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Further Learning

Learner Reviews

4.6

15 Total Rating(s)

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Troy Dicks
23 Aug 2018

A very good summary

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Sarah Goddard
09 Aug 2018

helpful over view of perinatal mental health informative and thoughtful education

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Stacey Wicks
07 Jul 2018

Great resource tool, not too lengthy so i didn't lose interest and the speaker was clear and concise throughout.

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Avelina Go Chow
15 Jun 2018

Very informative that health workers need to learn

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Rebecca O'Sullivan
10 Jun 2018

Great resource regarding perinatal mental healt

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Katherine Hepworth
26 May 2018

Great

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Amelia Hugo
26 May 2018

Informative and relevant

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Alana Cole
26 May 2018

the best VLA I have watched

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Susan Mary Newey
21 May 2018

Using beautiful immaculately groomed and made up models for this otherwise excellent presentation devalued its authenticity. Women suffering anxiety, depression and other mental health disorders described in this resource are unlikely to present in this way.

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Imelda P Collins
15 May 2018

The educator presents well. she is very kinowledgeable with regards to this topic. i think that his presentation will assist others provide appropriate care.