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Karen-Ann Clarke
16 April 2017

Gold Nuggets for Communicating with Colleagues

Compliments have nothing to do with you. Compliments are about the person who just gave you a gift. Working out how to accept compliments well is just one practical strategy for improving your communication with your colleagues. Simple changes to body language and vocabulary can make a world of difference when it comes to those tough conversations.

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Karen-Ann Clarke

Educator

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.

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