Free Hand Hygiene Module

To ensure all health professionals are best prepared to contain the spread of coronavirus, we at Ausmed have made our Hand Hygiene Module free. We invite you to undertake this 40 minute module.

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Lecture Overview

What is trauma? You might be surprised to learn that there are actually a set of clear criteria for an event to be officially classified as 'traumatic'. This essential session explores the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and treating those with a mental illness with a holistic, trauma-informed approach to care.


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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


41 Total Rating(s)
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Linda Mai
20 Jan 2020

Good learning experience!

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bronwyn ann beecroft
27 Dec 2019

Presented in a logical and thought provoking manner.

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Loris Muir
19 Nov 2019

Very good presenter

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Dylan Jenkins
30 Oct 2019

Very good lecture, educational.

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Erin Cuthbertson
22 Oct 2019


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Colin Gardiner
03 Oct 2019

Good lecture and content

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21 Sep 2019


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Cheryl Van Den Nieuwenhuizen
18 Sep 2019

Education was well delivered

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Mark Barlow
02 Sep 2019

A useful and informative introduction to recognising trauma in our patients.

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Deborah Mcrae
01 Sep 2019

I loved listening to this educator. She was well spoken, and engaging, and the topic was very interesting.