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Provider Number PO342.

Details
CPD1h 15m of CPD
Rating
4.7
Total Rating(s)60
First Published
Updated29 September 2019
Expires 29 September 2020
Recorded InMelbourne, Australia

Course Overview

This Course is designed for nurses or midwives who are caring for pregnant people and new mothers who show signs and symptoms of a mental health disorder.

Topics
  • Assessment of mental health during the perinatal period;
  • Specific mental health disorders;
  • Treatment options.
Need

It is widely accepted that the perinatal period (including birth and the following twelve months) is a time of extraordinary change in a person's life and that it is very common to experience a wide range of emotions. For many mothers, anxieties and fears spontaneously resolve, however, there is a growing number of people for whom pregnancy and parenthood can trigger more serious mental health concerns. People who have a history of pre-existing mental health disorders, who experience a lack of support, who have a previous history of trauma, or who are isolated by distance or culture (such as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mothers, or those from a culturally or linguistically diverse background) face a greater risk to their emotional wellbeing.

Mental health disorders such as depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, and more severe disorders such as psychosis, impact on the wellbeing of not only the mother but their baby and significant others and may have a profound impact upon the dynamics of family relationships. Nurses and midwives must have a fundamental understanding of these mental health disorders in order to screen for them effectively in the perinatal period and to recognise the emergence of signs and symptoms of mental ill-health. This will allow them to respond with care that is evidence-based, culturally safe and family-centred.

Purpose

Enhance understanding of how the vulnerable nature of pregnancy and childbirth can influence the emergence of mental health disorders in mothers.

Learning Outcomes
  • Explain the role of accurate assessment and early intervention in the person who is experiencing mental distress.
  • Describe the signs and symptoms of a variety of mental health disorders arising in the perinatal period.
  • List the common treatment options available to treat these disorders with an emphasis on the safety for both mother and baby.
Target Audience

Nurses or midwives who are caring for pregnant women/new mothers who show signs and symptoms of a mental health disorder.

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 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

Details
CPD1h 15m of CPD
Rating
4.7
Total Rating(s)60
First Published
Updated29 September 2019
Expires 29 September 2020
Recorded InMelbourne, Australia
Topics
Women's Health
Chronic Illness
Pregnancy
Loss and Grief
Child and Family Health
Depression
Maternal and Child Health
Cultural Considerations
Patient Safety
Mental Health
Obstetrics
Psychology
Learning Tools
Content Integrity

Learner Reviews

4.7
60 Total Rating(s)
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Sadha Spence
03 Apr 2020

Helpful information and easy to follow!

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Narelle Mann
02 Apr 2020

This discussed the mental health of women in perinatal period & those women more at risk of deteriorating mental health such as depression & psychosis. It explored family history, life stressors ( at least 2) in 12 months prior to pregnancy , drug & alcohol use as all significant factors. It explored the Edinburgh scale & when to refer for support. It explored PTSD after birth & also the balance of medical treatments for mothers - weighing up benefits & risks to both mothers & fetus.

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Sophie Wykamp
01 Apr 2020

Relevant and concise information leads to easy learning.

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Clare Ringin
01 Apr 2020

Excellent

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helen Flaherty
31 Mar 2020

very useful update and not too long, therefore doable. thank you

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Lea Brooks
31 Mar 2020

Very informative & interesting course

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Alvina Lund
30 Mar 2020

Informative. Thankyou.

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Maree Findlay
29 Mar 2020

This was an informative lecture to listen to.

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Saro Appu
25 Mar 2020

Found the presenter engaging and easy to follow

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Rui Shi
24 Mar 2020

good