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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 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


30 Total Rating(s)
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Eva Olsen
30 May 2019

Very informative and interesting

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Elvera Brown
28 May 2019

This was a fascinating and very engaging lecture that left me wanting to find more about the ACES study and how we as health care professionals can apply the discoveries to our current practices.

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Rekha Shrestha
23 May 2019


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Engelien connor
16 May 2019

I found this resource to be informative and easy to understand.

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Jan Babicci
14 May 2019

A really good lecture

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ranjit thomas
12 May 2019

very good resources

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Dorothy Bardoutsos
09 May 2019


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Jennifer Unicomb
30 Apr 2019

The lecturer in this video was engaging and gave thought provoking insights into this area of study. I have gained considerable knowledge and have greater confidence to support clients who present with trauma related symptoms. The list of resources from will prove to be of great value. It has encouraged me to do further reading.

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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