In this informative and data-driven lecture, Dr Karen-Ann Clarke presents her findings from a search of the academic literature in relation to maternal substance use. A talk full of facts that will have you armed with the statistics you need to understand the picture of substance use and abuse in our country.
Dr Karen-Ann Clarke is a Registered General and mental health nurse who has worked in a wide variety of acute and community care mental health settings. Working as an academic at the University of the Sunshine Coast, her PhD research explored how women diagnosed with depression made the decision to receive electroconvulsive treatment. She is now engaged in work that focuses on the medicalisation of women’s health and emotional wellbeing. Teaching more than 600 students every year and involved in immersive mental health simulation, Karen-Ann has a passion for working with students in a way that minimises stigma and normalises emotional responses to life.