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Details
CPD1h 15m of CPD
Rating
4.6
Total Rating(s)135
Published16 November 2017
Expires16 November 2020
Review Due13 August 2020
Recorded InMelbourne, Australia

Course Overview

This Course examines why mental health disorders can be associated with both the onset and maintenance of chronic physical conditions.

Topics include:

  • Co-morbidities of physical and mental health
  • The Mental State Assessment
  • Preventing poor health outcomes

Target audience

Health professionals caring for people with a mental health disorder and a chronic physical illness.

Purpose

Enhance understanding of the reciprocal relationship between mental health disorders and chronic physical illness.

Need

It is widely known that a person who has been diagnosed with a chronic disease is at a greater risk of developing a mental health disorder, such as depression or anxiety disorder. What is perhaps less well known is the reverse, that is, that mental health disorders can be associated with both the onset, and maintenance of a chronic physical condition. People who have been diagnosed with depression, for example, are at an increased risk of developing heart disease, diabetes and chronic broncholitis. A person with schizophrenia is at a greater risk of becoming obese and developing diabetes and osteoporosis.

Health professionals must understand why this is the case and be alert to the increased likelihood of comorbid chronic physical disorders in people diagnosed with mental health disorders. This understanding is fundamental to providing holistic care when caring for those with both a mental health disorder and a physical illness.

Learning Outcomes

  • Describe the reciprocal relationship between mental health disorders and chronic physical illness
  • List examples of chronic physical illness that are associated with mental health disorders
  • Identify how physical illness can be prevented or minimised in those individuals suffering from mental health disorders

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

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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.

Details
CPD1h 15m of CPD
Rating
4.6
Total Rating(s)135
Published16 November 2017
Expires16 November 2020
Review Due13 August 2020
Recorded InMelbourne, Australia
Topic Tags
Mental Health
Chronic Illness
Diet
Education
Preventative Health
Obesity
Weight Management
Depression
Nutrition
Lipids and Metabolic
Sleep
Metabolic Syndrome
Addiction and Substance Abuse
Renal
Diabetes Mellitus
Psychosocial Considerations
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4.6

135 Total Rating(s)

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Alicia White
13 Jul 2019

Excellent speaker. A bit long but was as engaging as it could be.

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Sarah Edmonds
07 Jul 2019

This resource gave me a greater understanding of conducting a mental health assessment, learning about the specific co morbidities of patients suffering from a mental health condition

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Deborah Johnstone
29 Jun 2019

was very informative & easy to understand, covered a wide variety of information.

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Cornelius Hickey
24 Jun 2019

This course was concise, practical and interesting. The presenter was very easy to listen to.

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Janna Jeline Aguilar
22 Jun 2019

ok

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Sallyanne North
13 Jun 2019

It was a very informative session, it is applicable to hospital and community nursing.

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Lorin Blagdon
10 Jun 2019

I found this useful and informative.

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John Seaman
09 Jun 2019

An excellent foray into the basic understanding of mental health disorders and chronic illness.

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Nelin Volmer
05 Jun 2019

Topic is a fundamental learning/informative and improves my knowledge and skills.

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Julie clutterbuck
31 May 2019

I found this to be an extremely useful resource.