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Lecture Overview

Loss can come in a variety of forms - loss of control, independence, connection or physical loss. This concise lecture provides an introduction to these different concepts of loss and grieving and the theories behind each. Amanda Smith asks us to consider how we cope in a time of grief and the stages we work through.


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Amanda Smith

Amanda Smith is a proud and vocal advocate of comprehensive health care with a passion for mental health nursing. Although initially starting her career in general nursing, working across the aged care sector, cardiac, medical, and later emergency departments, Amanda's desire to improve quality outcomes for those suffering with mental distress navigated her career towards mental health nursing and education. For the last 7 years, along with being a clinical practitioner in the mental health care arena, Amanda has additionally been privileged to work alongside some truly amazing academics as a sessional tutor teaching in tertiary institutions in Queensland for undergraduate nursing and paramedic degree students. Amanda's experience spans all facets of mental health nursing from acute triage and assessment, to emergency and special service co-response teams, to high dependency and case management. She is passionate about consumers receiving quality service from first contact throughout their entire mental health journey. She believes the fundamental issue for all consumers is the barriers of stigma and discrimination, which often prevents people from making that initial contact and receiving both accurate physical and mental health assessment. It is Amanda's ongoing intention to address these barriers through drawing on her own journey and experience, as well as through clinical practice, education, and ongoing professional development. See Educator Profile


19 Total Rating(s)
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Rachel Gordon
02 Mar 2020

Good brief overview. Seemed to be an abridged version of a longer presentation, which would have been good to see in full.

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Kate Ayling
07 Feb 2020

Would have liked the whole session, not the abridged version as it was excellent.

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Alison Lodge
01 Feb 2020

Insightful well presented

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Michele Selby
21 Oct 2019

great resource

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Gillian Pringle
20 Aug 2019

Very good, again short but informative. Presenter used humour appropriately to engage the listener

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Julia M Speakman
18 Aug 2019

Great presentation

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Helen Bunnett
09 Aug 2019

Excellent, very inspiring, would recommend to others

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Helen Bunnett
09 Aug 2019

Interesting would recommend to others

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Bruce Garry
03 Aug 2019

Basic primer for people considering grief as part of a mental illness presentation.

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cong wang
27 Jul 2019

very inspiring