Factitious Disorder Imposed on Another

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Lecture Overview

Factitious disorder imposed on another (Munchausen's by proxy) is a rare mental health condition that sees a person use deceptive behaviours to transfer false physical illness and injury onto another, usually a dependent. In this session, Dr Karen-Ann Clarke explores several high-profile cases, in which the disorder has led to severe cases of child abuse, recognising that FDIA - though a complex mental illness - should also be viewed through a child protection lens.

(Content warning: This lecture includes references to crimes involving children. Viewer discretion is strongly advised.)


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