The Mental State Assessment (MSA) provides a structured way for health professionals to identify if a person’s mental state is deteriorating. This Course focuses on the main parts of this assessment, the manner in which it can take place, and what can be done with the assessment findings.
12 Sep 2017
Dr Karen-Ann Clarke is a Registered General and mental health nurse who has worked in a wide variety of acute and community care mental health settings. Working as an academic at the University of the Sunshine Coast, her PhD research explored how women diagnosed with depression made the decision to receive electroconvulsive treatment. She is now engaged in work that focuses on the medicalisation of women’s health and emotional wellbeing. Teaching more than 600 students every year and involved in immersive mental health simulation, Karen-Ann has a passion for working with students in a way that minimises stigma and normalises emotional responses to life.
All health professionals working in a range of healthcare settings, but especially those working in mental health, primary practice, community health, or critical care.
Further develop skills in assessing a person’s mental state, regardless of where the person is cared for in the healthcare setting.
One in five people experience symptoms of a mental health disorder at some point in their life, so it is not uncommon for healthcare professionals to care for people experiencing mental health disorders who may also require treatment for a physical illness within a general hospital or community health setting. Healthcare professionals working in these settings therefore need to be able to undertake a basic Mental State Assessment in order to identify any risks to a person's safety (e.g. deteriorating mental state) and/or posing risks to the safety of others. The Mental State Assessment can be used to determine if immediate action is required or if assistance from a qualified mental health clinician will be necessary during, or following treatment for physical illness.
Health professionals in Australia that are registered with AHPRA are required to obtain continuing professional development (CPD) hours/points each year that relates to their context of practice, in order to comply with mandatory regulatory requirements.