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Lecture Overview

In this lecture, Dr Karen-Ann Clarke presents on major depressive disorder and how it influences moods and behaviours. She takes us on a journey following a diagnosed individual and the interventions they face along the way.


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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


31 Total Rating(s)
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bronwyn ann beecroft
28 Dec 2019

Thorough presentation.

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Levena Leslie West
19 Dec 2019

Love her lectures.

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Michael John Gill
12 Nov 2019

Well presented, informative.

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Harry Rauker
05 Nov 2019

Great summary

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Catherine Papadopoulos
09 Oct 2019

Great overview of depressive syndromes with ways to help identify and support those experiencing depression

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Michele Selby
07 Oct 2019

Informative and interesting

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Madonna Mead
06 Oct 2019

Have always enjoyed attending Conferences by Dr Karen-Anne and her online education is just as informative and interesting. The DSM criteria is always changing so keeping up to date with this is difficult unless you are involved in Mental Health Education.

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Lynley Macleod
04 Oct 2019

Very interesting

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Gillian Pringle
03 Oct 2019

Brilliantly engaging, thank you!

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Lynne Shanahan
03 Oct 2019

Short/sharp factual and the wisdom of experience.