Do you work in a hospital, in primary care or in the community? Do you regularly care for people with a concurrent mental illness? Attend this conference to learn about:
Some of our patients will have a mental health disorder, but what if they develop a rare one? We will need to be there to help our patients cope with their condition, as well as dispel any myths regarding their disorder. This topic will discuss some rare mental health disorders and includes:
Methamphetamines are synthetic forms of the drug amphetamine. When in a crystal form, ice or crystal methamphetamine is formed. Methamphetamines are generally synthesised with other substances and usually at a relatively low cost. The unknown nature of this mix creates a challenge when a person presents under the influence of methamphetamines. In the context of a methamphetamine overdose or toxicity, often other substances are also present. So what does this mean for clinical treatment? This session reviews the toxicology considerations associated with amphetamine-like substances. It includes:
Social media constantly bombards us with images of perfect bodies, causing feelings of inadequacy that, in some cases, can potentially lead to eating disorders. Though women may have become the face of eating disorders, these also affect men. This session will discuss:
Often, anorexia nervosa is associated with an unhealthy low weight range. This is not always the case. This session will explore atypical anorexia and the consequences that may occur when there is a poor relationship with food. Topics include:
Mental health is a sensitive topic in a lot of cultures due to the stigma attached to it. Though most cultures are beginning to discuss mental health issues, we still have a long way to go. This session includes:
Mental illness can be complex and, at times, unpredictable. With a public hungry for more information, how do we look behind the numbers and examine the real effects of mental health on the individual? Topics include:
The TV show Nurse Jackie showed us a healthcare professional with an addiction to prescription medication. Though people have complained about it, it highlights an issue that affects nurses and other healthcare professionals worldwide. This session will explore:
Bowen Therapy, Applied Myoskeletal Therapy, NST TMJ Foundation, the Dorn Method and OldPain2Go® Methodology are non-invasive therapies usually used to treat physical pain but can also be used to treat anxiety and depression. This session will look at the following:
Munchausen syndrome by proxy, now known as factitious disorder imposed on another, has been catapulted into the spotlight by famous cases, such as the murder of Dee Dee Blanchard by her daughter. This session will shed light on the disorder. It includes:
Men have always been told that they have to be the strong ones, but they can only take so much. This session discusses why some healthcare professionals are advocating a gendered treatment approach and will discuss:
In Australia, people who identify as LGBTQI have the highest suicide rate of any group, but this rate could be even higher due to underreporting. This session discusses the mental health of those who identify as LGBTQI and includes:
Things are not always what they seem. Violence and abuse are experienced in many different ways. It is not always easy to identify if you or someone you know is experiencing domestic violence or is in an abusive relationship. This session will include:
Thana has professional qualifications in education and psychology. She currently works as a Multicultural Advisor with the Multicultural Advisory Service at Diversicare providing cross-cultural education to Aged and Community Care service providers and working with culturally and linguistically diverse communities, providing information on Aged Care. Her areas of interest are cultural competence, aged care and mental health.
Kris Freeman is a female entrepreneur, who created a multi-award-winning calendar company from nothing to well over a million dollars within five years. Her story has been so inspirational to others that she has been published in two books: 'Female Entrepreneurs' by Leiza Clarke, which went on to be in the Top 10 Best Sellers List, and 'Stop Mumpreneur Madness' by Rochelle Dent. She won the 2003 Australian Micro Business Awards for the best manufacturer and best home-based business in Queensland and, in 2005, she won the Telstra Business Awards for the best micro-business in Queensland. She has also written a book herself called 'Motivated Animals' published by Hay House, based on one of her best-selling calendars of the same name targeted towards those struggling with their lives. In 2010, Kris suffered with a serious health condition, where she was able to repair hundreds of “dead irreparable brain cells” caused by an inch big hole in her heart. Kris sold her calendar business in 2013 and now works within the health industry where she works to elevate the mind, energise the body, enrich the heart, engage the soul and enable life. She now helps her patients heal themselves through her many body and mind therapies. Kris is a Smart Bowen therapist, an applied myoskeletal therapist, a Dorn method practitioner, an OldPain2Go® Practitioner and a TMJ specialist. Kris attracts two types of patients into her clinic: those with complex, chronic pain and those who have anxiety and depression.
Peter O’Connor received his PhD in Organisational Psychology from The University of Queensland in 2007 and is a registered psychologist in Queensland. Prior to commencing his position at QUT in January 2010, Peter worked in Sydney for two years at the University of Notre Dame Australia. He is involved on in a number of professional projects and consults in the areas of: personality development; organisational change; and leadership. Peter’s research interests include the study of human personality, particularly in the context of work. Peter’s research has focused on the biological basis of personality and learning styles, and how this can be used to predict leadership and job performance. Peter has presented at a number of domestic and international research conferences, and has published several articles in top international personality journals.
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.
According to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, 4.2 million people in Australia received prescriptions for mental health-related conditions between 2017 and 2018. Anxiety disorders are the most prevalent illnesses, followed by affective and substance use disorders. This means that nurses and other health professionals in all healthcare settings will increasingly provide care for those with a primary or co-existing mental health problem and need the ability to provide evidence-based, holistic healthcare that is highly dependent on a sound mental health knowledge base.
To provide nurses and other health professionals with an update about common mental illnesses and the holistic care of people.
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