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Cover image for lecture: What Does the Literature Say About Maternal Substance Use?

Lecture Overview

In this informative and data-driven lecture, Dr Karen-Ann Clarke presents her findings from a search of the academic literature in relation to maternal substance use. A talk full of facts that will have you armed with the statistics you need to understand the picture of substance use and abuse in our country.


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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


10 Total Rating(s)
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Heidi Plowman
16 Feb 2020

Interesting summary of some recent studies.

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Barbara Clare Affleck
26 May 2019

Very engaging.

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Andrea Vout
12 May 2019

A good overview of recent literaterature

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Kristina Adams
26 Apr 2019

interesting coverage of literature.

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Nicola Mahaffey
05 Feb 2019

Important to know the facts. The research was conducted in a non-confrontational manner to ensure accurate data. This has highlighted the at risk groups to focus care towards.

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Caroline Gray
30 Mar 2018

Very engaging speaker. Interesting stats and valuable resources to follow up

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Meghan Charleson
20 Mar 2018

Presenter was informative and engaging

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Maureen Huggins
25 Feb 2018

Easy to listen to and informative