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Lecture Overview

What is trauma? You might be surprised to learn that there are actually a set of clear criteria for an event to be officially classified as 'traumatic'. This essential session explores the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and treating those with a mental illness with a holistic, trauma-informed approach to care.


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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 that women diagnosed with depression made decisions and meanings about receiving electroconvulsive therapy. As a lecturer in nursing at USC, Karen-Ann is responsible for the coordination of mental health curricula across multiple undergraduate and postgraduate 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. Karen-Ann 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.



21 Total Rating(s)

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Mary Wyn
14 Aug 2019

A brilliant presenter highly recommend

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Philippa marriott
22 Jul 2019

Was great education thank you

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Jennifer Small
16 Jul 2019

Excellent and highly informative

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Sandy Waller
16 Jul 2019


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Lisa Wilson
03 Jul 2019

I have learnt that PTSD is very common and must be acknowledged by health professionals

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Daryl Stuart
30 Jun 2019

Well presented, interesting, insightful and thought-provoking.

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Alicia White
27 Jun 2019

Excellent speaker

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Victoria Fisher
26 Jun 2019

This was a useful exercise. The presenter was comfortable with her topic and reinforced many practices that I already apply in my general practice

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Lynne Shanahan
25 Jun 2019

Excellent trainer whose experience puts context around content

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Fiona Hayman
25 Jun 2019

Really informative and engaging