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Lecture Overview

A small degree of stress and anxiety is often beneficial to keep us safe, motivated and can even help us to achieve our goals. However, when anxiety is affecting our day-to-day lives or relationships, its time to seek help. This session will review the most common anxiety and stress disorders you may encounter in your practice, with tips on providing the right 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 experience 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 healthcare. 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. See Educator Profile


44 Total Rating(s)
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Levena Leslie West
04 Dec 2019

Excellent presentation.

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Tayla Gillan
28 Nov 2019

Something we should all be aware of! Great presentation.

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James Dean Osborne
26 Nov 2019

A lot of information.

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narelle windle
16 Nov 2019

a very interesting talk on anxiety disorders. Great lecturer. Interesting how the disorder is genetic and environmental and can be triggered in a vulnerable situation or experience. Upbringing can be a factor

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Harrison Land
11 Nov 2019


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Gladys Chelangat
07 Nov 2019

Awesome lecture

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Sarah McInnes
07 Nov 2019

The topic was covered well with interesting cases to reflect on. This lecturer uses stories often as her teaching method. There are narratives that we can all relate to in our practice. This helps reinforce the content Im learning and helps it stick in my mind for later reference when working with individuals who have Anxiety Disorders. Thank You

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Mark Daniel O'Donoghue
03 Nov 2019

Strait forward, good pace and easy to follow

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Kelly James
31 Oct 2019

Brilliant lecture. Thoroughly enjoyed it!

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Linda Mai
27 Oct 2019

Good source of learning!