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?
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.