Cover image for lecture: What Has Really Happened to the 'Poisoned Patient'?

Lecture Overview

Does our past impact our future? How do our choices and actions affect our way of being? Being informed about what has happened as opposed to what’s wrong with “The Poisoned Patient” lays the foundation for empathetic and non-judgemental care. This session establishes the need for a trauma-informed approach to caring for “The Poisoned Patient”, particularly in the case of a deliberate self-poisoning attempt.


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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.




13 Total Rating(s)

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Karen Church
20 Apr 2019

Very interesting perspective on people who live with significant trauma.

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Ze Liu
14 Apr 2019

previous or recent trauma could lead to self harm commit to hearing someone story, validate in a non judgemental way is important Avoiding stigma is important

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Pauline Webber
08 Apr 2019

A very intense look at what is going on behind the scenes of people who self harm.

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Irma Millan
07 Apr 2019

Informative and something to learn from and a very practical approach