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Mental Health: Understanding Bipolar Disorder Including the Practice of ECT

  • : Brisbane QLD 4001

A 2 Day Seminar: Psychosis, Delusional Behaviour and Physiology of Electro-Convulsive Therapy


Mental illness is very common and is prevalent across all age groups. Many patients will be receiving treatment for, or have concurrent mental illness, so knowledge about this topic is needed by all nurses. There is an especial need for education on the more advanced, challenging or complex mental health conditions covered in this seminar.

Need for Program


According to Headspace 'At least one in every 100 people will experience bipolar disorder at some time during their lives … and … Bipolar disorder is the ninth leading contributor to the burden of disease and injury in Australia'.

No matter where a nurse works it is likely they will care for people with a mental health disorder. Bipolar disorder (BD) is pervasive in our community and may present as a co-morbid condition along with another illness. As we understand more about these conditions, it is essential that nurses have access to current evidence-based information in which to tailor and make accountable the care they provide. Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is a method of treating depressive illness and its use should be debated and fully understood by nurses.

Purpose of Program

The aim of this program is to enhance nurses’ knowledge of bipolar disorder and to explore the different types of treatments including the practice of ECT.

Learning Outcomes

At the conclusion of this program it is expected that the participants will be able to:

  • Compare depressive illness with other presentations of bipolar disorder and describe the similarities and differences
  • Describe whether a person is delusional or hallucinating and document this effectively
  • Explain the criterion for selecting a treatment for a person with BD
  • Critically analyse and evaluate some of the common beliefs and misconceptions about the use of ECT
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    Karen-Ann Clarke

    Karen-Ann Clarke

    Karen-Ann Clarke is a Registered General and Mental Health Nurse. She has a Master's degree in Mental Health Nursing and is currently completing a PhD, which explores how women create meaning and decisions about electro-convulsive therapy. Karen-Ann is a highly skilled professional with over 25 years of practical experience in mental health and general health environments, which have included the physical care of those individuals with a chronic mental health disorder. Karen-Ann is currently working as Lecturer in Nursing (Mental Health) at the Sunshine Coast University. Her passion is working with students in an engaging way to reduce stigma towards those with mental illness.

    Mental Health: Understanding Bipolar Disorder Including the Practice of ECT
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    11 hours 30 mins
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    Brisbane QLD 4001
    Hotel Ibis Brisbane, 27 - 35 Turbot Street
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