Lecture Overview


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?


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.




8 Total Rating(s)


Rachael Braun
24 Sep 2018

I’m so inspired to branch out and become a health coach :-)

Kerrie Myhill
10 Sep 2018

Really enjoyed this program

Susan Anderson
19 Jul 2018

A helpful and useful talk promoting holistic health care

Mary Rothery
19 May 2018

I have completed the COACH Program and this talk confirms that Health Coaching is still the way to go for individual/group change for a healthier life/lifestyle.

Leeanne Lindsay
06 Dec 2017

I'm fascinated by the passion in this short Overview and decided to take the training.

Jola George
29 Nov 2017

The video had some technical issues, repeated the same part over and over, so a bit distraction and took away from the presenter.

Pamela Kilimnik
22 Nov 2017

wonderful speaker with a genuine passion and wealth of knowledge in her field

Jo Teague
22 Nov 2017

I really enjoyed this talk. This is the area that I am most interested in and would love to pursue

Judith Carlsson
22 Nov 2017

Excellent topic

Patricia Arancibia
04 Nov 2017