Mental State Assessment
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.
DescribeDescribe the key components of a Mental State Assessment and how they fit with physical assessment skills
IdentifyIdentify the terminology used in a Mental State Assessment
IdentifyIdentify what risks are likely being identified, and what to do if these risks increase
ExplainExplain the role of the Consult Liaison Psychiatry service and other mental health resources in facilitating assessment of the person with a suspected mental health disorder
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 experiences of mental illness. Using a feminist narrative methodology, her PhD research explored the way in which women diagnosed with depression made decisions and meanings about receiving electroconvulsive therapy. As a lecturer in nursing at USC, Dr Clarke is responsible for the coordination of mental health curricula across multiple undergraduate and post-graduate 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 health care. Dr Clarke 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.
- Principles of the Mental State Assessment
- Conducting the Mental State Assessment conversation
- Risk assessment
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.