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Lecture Overview

In recent times, the concept of 'health coaching' has begun to emerge as an effective strategy for partnering with consumers of healthcare and affecting behavioural change to improve health outcomes. Join Dr Karen-Ann Clarke as she unpacks just who can become a health coach and what it is they do. Is this the new career for you?


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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


12 Total Rating(s)
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Alexandra Kelly Roche
21 May 2019

Good resource to inspire and use other approaches to health for our patients.

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Elizabeth Dowling
21 Apr 2019

This video has further inspired me to work hard to gain my Health Coaching qualification as it is a proven life-changing adjunct to my nursing background.

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Rachael Braun
24 Sep 2018


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Kerrie Myhill
10 Sep 2018

I’m so inspired to branch out and become a health coach :-)

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Susan Anderson
19 Jul 2018

Really enjoyed this program

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Mary Rothery
19 May 2018

A helpful and useful talk promoting holistic health care

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Leeanne Lindsay
06 Dec 2017

I have completed the COACH Program and this talk confirms that Health Coaching is still the way to go for individual/group change for a healthier life/lifestyle.

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Jola George
29 Nov 2017

I'm fascinated by the passion in this short Overview and decided to take the training.

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Pamela Kilimnik
22 Nov 2017

The video had some technical issues, repeated the same part over and over, so a bit distraction and took away from the presenter.

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Jo Teague
22 Nov 2017

wonderful speaker with a genuine passion and wealth of knowledge in her field