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Details
CPD1h 15m of CPD
Rating
4.6
Total Rating(s)148
First Published
Updated03 February 2019
Expires 16 November 2020
Recorded InMelbourne, Australia

Course Overview

People who have been diagnosed with depression, for example, are at an increased risk of developing heart disease, diabetes and chronic bronchitis. A person with schizophrenia is at a greater risk of becoming obese and developing diabetes and osteoporosis.

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

Topics
  • What is the reciprocal relationship between mental health disorders and chronic physical illness?
  • How to provide holistic physical and mental health care
  • Preventing poor health outcomes
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.

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.

Purpose

The purpose of this Course is to enhance understanding of the reciprocal relationship between mental health disorders and chronic 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
Target Audience

This Course is relevant to registered nurses and other health professionals caring for people with a mental health disorder and a chronic physical illness.

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 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

Details
CPD1h 15m of CPD
Rating
4.6
Total Rating(s)148
First Published
Updated03 February 2019
Expires 16 November 2020
Recorded InMelbourne, Australia
Topics
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
Learning Tools
Content Integrity

Learner Reviews

4.6
148 Total Rating(s)
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Roxanne Saltmarsh
09 Dec 2019

Looking after yourself and caring for someone with a mental illness Being a carer for someone with a mental illness can be emotionally and physically demanding. Sometimes the burden can become too much. To make sure you do not burn out, set aside time to spend with friends and family who are not involved, and do things that you enjoy, like gardening, going to the movies or exercising. If you are in good spirits and feel refreshed, you can provide better support for the person you are caring for. If you are going through a difficult time with the person you are caring for, talk to your friends and family about it. Often, just by talking things through, they become clearer and less overwhelming. If you are concerned about the person's privacy, talk to a healthcare professional instead. They will be able to advise you on useful strategies and further mental health support services. It is important that you know your limits. Be clear about what you can take on and how available you can be. It is better to be consistent and stable rather than someone who is available all the time but very stressed.

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David Stride
06 Dec 2019

Well presented. Easy to listen to. Presenter good knowledge on subject.

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Garry McInnes
19 Nov 2019

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Lesley Bradley
03 Nov 2019

I found the information both informative and good level of understanding and relevant to practice.

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Donna Flanagan
01 Nov 2019

Well presented & has the relevant information that I required.

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Erin Cuthbertson
15 Oct 2019

very good

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Donna Sebille
01 Oct 2019

very informative lecture

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GURNAM SINGH SAINI
22 Sep 2019

Helpful

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Yoko Miyama
05 Sep 2019

Great presentation. Always enjoy this educator. Thankyou

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Mochamad Rizky
27 Aug 2019

Good presentation