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Details
CPD1h 15m of CPD
Rating
4.7
Total Rating(s)38
Publish Date16 November 2017
Review Date15 August 2020
Expiry Date16 November 2020
Recorded InMelbourne, Australia

Course Overview

This Course examines why mental health disorders can be associated with both the onset and maintenance of chronic physical conditions.

Topics include:

  • Co-morbidities of physical and mental health
  • The Mental State Assessment
  • Preventing poor health outcomes

Target audience

Health professionals caring for people with a mental health disorder and a chronic physical illness.

Purpose

Enhance understanding of the reciprocal relationship between mental health disorders and chronic physical illness.

Need

It is widely known that a person who has been diagnosed with a chronic disease is at a greater risk of developing a mental health disorder, such as depression or anxiety disorder. What is perhaps less well known is the reverse, that is, that mental health disorders can be associated with both the onset, and maintenance of a chronic physical condition. People who have been diagnosed with depression, for example, are at an increased risk of developing heart disease, diabetes and chronic broncholitis. A person with schizophrenia is at a greater risk of becoming obese and developing diabetes and osteoporosis.

Health professionals must understand why this is the case and be alert to the increased likelihood of comorbid chronic physical disorders in people diagnosed with mental health disorders. This understanding is fundamental to providing holistic care when caring for those with both a mental health disorder and a physical illness.

Learning Outcomes

  • Describe the reciprocal relationship between mental health disorders and chronic physical illness
  • List examples of chronic physical illness that are associated with mental health disorders
  • Identify how physical illness can be prevented or minimised in those individuals suffering from mental health disorders

Disclosure

No conflict of interest exists for anyone in the position to control content for this activity. Wherever possible, generic or non-proprietary names of medications or products have been used.

Educator

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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 in which women diagnosed with depression made decisions and meanings about receiving electroconvulsive therapy. As a lecturer in nursing at USC, Dr Clarke is responsible for the coordination of mental health curricula across multiple undergraduate and post-graduate 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. Dr Clarke 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.

Details
CPD1h 15m of CPD
Rating
4.7
Total Rating(s)38
Publish Date16 November 2017
Review Date15 August 2020
Expiry Date16 November 2020
Recorded InMelbourne, Australia
Topic Tags
Mental Health
Chronic Illness
Diet
Education
Preventative Health
Obesity
Weight Management
Depression
Nutrition
Lipids and Metabolic
Sleep
Metabolic Syndrome
Addiction and Substance Abuse
Renal
Diabetes Mellitus
Psychosocial Considerations
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Further Learning

Learner Reviews

4.7

38 Total Rating(s)

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Susan Treadwell
12 Mar 2019

This was useful training to implement in the care of cardiac patients. Particularly useful was the information that pain may not be responded to

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Sylvia Carino Guadalupe
02 Mar 2019

This source is very knowledgeable especially in understanding patients with mental health

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Laura nunez
26 Feb 2019

good and engaging session

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Gwendoline Ann Maddox
26 Feb 2019

Its amazing how many mental health patient do not get the complete health checks needed and it is assumed pain or other issues are due to the mental health, instead of some being the other way round. checking medications and the effect they have on other organs is really important, sleep, weight trust are all huge parts of the mental health treatment.

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Debby Natalia
19 Feb 2019

This lecture is very helpful and the speaker is resourceful. I enjoy learning the material given.

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Leona Doherty
16 Feb 2019

Great education reinforcing my mental health practice

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Nicholas Stewart Cleave
10 Feb 2019

Excellent presentation, amazingly engaging presenter

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Marta Marcuta
05 Feb 2019

The teacher is Great and very well explained information.

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Anne Buckholz
29 Jan 2019

Great learning.

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Mark Villani
24 Jan 2019

A very in-depth and valuable activity