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Details
CPD1h 25m of CPD
Rating
4.7
Total Rating(s)155
Published12 September 2017
Updated18 January 2019
Reviewed04 June 2020
Recorded InMelbourne, Australia

Course Overview

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.

Topics include:

  • Principles of the Mental State Assessment
  • Conducting the Mental State Assessment conversation
  • Risk assessment

Target audience

All health professionals working in a range of healthcare settings, but especially those working in mental health or who care for people with a mental health condition.

Purpose

The purpose of this course is to build your confidence of how to conduct a mental state assessment.

Need

Undertaking a basic Mental State Assessment is essential to identify any risks to a person's safety, including a 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.

Education is, therefore, essential in ensuring all health professionals are confident in their knowledge of and approach towards conducting a mental state assessment if health outcomes are to be enhanced.

Learning Outcomes

  • Describe the key components of a Mental State Assessment and how they fit with physical assessment skills
  • Identify the terminology used in a Mental State Assessment
  • Identify what risks are likely being identified, and what to do if these risks increase
  • Explain 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

Disclosure

No conflict of interest exists for anyone in the position to control content for this activity. Wherever possible, generic or non-proprietary names of medications or products have been used.

Educator

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Karen-Ann Clarke

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 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 health care. 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.

Details
CPD1h 25m of CPD
Rating
4.7
Total Rating(s)155
Published12 September 2017
Updated18 January 2019
Reviewed04 June 2020
Recorded InMelbourne, Australia
Topic Tags
Mental Health
Triage
Clinical Assessment
Psychology
Communication
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Learner Reviews

4.7

155 Total Rating(s)

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Val Grant
23 May 2019

Dr Karen is very knowledgeable, engaging and enlightening. The subject matter was highly beneficial and helped cement areas I had forgotten. The most useful presentation I have seen in a while and I am very grateful for experiencing this course. Thank you.

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Cathrin Adams
22 May 2019

Was a very good resource. Very easy to follow. Reinforced existing knowledge.

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JuliE Mckay
22 May 2019

Excellent learning activity engaging

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Angela Machoka
20 May 2019

Very educative

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Helen Wuttke
20 May 2019

Excellent resource.

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Winston Pablo Villamin
20 May 2019

This resource is very informative.

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swapna Thottappillil Mathai
20 May 2019

helpful

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caron cummings
16 May 2019

awesome information and presenter

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Shelley Trinh
16 May 2019

good

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Elizabeth Roads
16 May 2019

Excellent learning program.