Cover image for lecture: The Pill Testing Debate

Lecture Overview

In a recent trial at Canberra's 'Groovin the Moo' music festival, 128 participants used a drug-checking service, the first of its kind in Australia. Half of the pills assessed were found to have contained paint, toothpaste and two pills were found be potentially lethal. This session presents the findings of this hotly debated trial and offers you an opportunity to make up your own mind on whether pill testing is an effective harm minimisation tool.


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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 experiences 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 health care. 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.



37 Total Rating(s)

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Pauline Webber
15 Aug 2019

Interesting source.

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Harry Grisdale
16 Jul 2019

Well presented

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Shikha Regmi Thota
26 May 2019

good resource

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Kirsten Wynter
24 May 2019

Opened up information

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Carl Van Raay
20 May 2019

Great way to rethink what harm reduction and autonomy are all about.

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Kate Dougherty
20 May 2019

very informative!!!!

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caron cummings
18 May 2019

excellent topic and well presented

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Natalie King
18 May 2019

So informative. Thank you

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Jacqueline Beer
13 May 2019

Presentation was easy to listen to and information was presented at a good pace. Very practical and logical. Made some ethical and legal considerations in an unbiased manner.

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ranjit thomas
12 May 2019

very good resources