Education Seminars

Ashburn Clinic presents a luncheon seminar programme from February to November each year. Members of the health profession and wider community are warmly invited to attend.

Ashburn Clinic’s next luncheon seminar is on Monday 9 October 2017

Topic: Child Abuse and Mental Disorder in Old Age: Findings from the Otago Women's Health Survey, a 25-year follow-up study.
Speaker: Dr Charlene Rapsey

There is robust evidence that childhood abuse increases risk for depression, anxiety, and other mental disorders in adolescence and early adulthood. There is growing evidence from cross-sectional research that childhood abuse continues to negatively influence mental health in older age, although much less research attention has been given to older women’s mental health in general and to the influence of childhood abuse in older age, specifically. Is there an amelioration of the negative influence of childhood abuse with the passage of time or does aging confer additional risk in vulnerable individuals?  It could be expected that factors associated with aging, such as changes in social connectivity, cognitive changes, physical ailments, and losses in independence may compound negative effects of childhood abuse in older age. On the other hand, several studies indicate that aging confers psychological resilience, especially in terms of emotional regulation.  

Dr Charlene Rapsey is a lecturer in the Department of Psychological Medicine, Dunedin School of Medicine. Her teaching focuses on sexual health and well-being and the application of clinical and health psychology to medicine. She is involved in a number of research projects including experiences and effects of childhood sexual abuse for previously ignored groups including men and older women through to investigating alternatives to standard foster care. As well as her academic role, Charlene is a registered clinical psychologist with a background in primary health and sensitive claims treatment services.     
There is no charge for the luncheon or presentation. The Board of Trustees has undertaken to provide these events as part of its educative function as a charitable trust for many years. A grant has also been generously provided by the James Hume Bequest Fund to support the seminars from 2016-2019. 

Luncheon at 12 noon - 12.30 pm

Presentation 12.30 pm - 1.30 pm
For catering purposes please rsvp to Ashburn Luncheon Seminar by Wednesday 4 October.

The seminar is in the gymnasium/hall. Parking is in the top car park near Alexander House. Please do not park on the grass.

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