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Provider Number PO342.

Details
CPD1h 25m of CPD
Rating
4.7
Total Rating(s)223
First Published
Updated18 January 2019
Expires 12 March 2022
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
  • Principles of the Mental State Assessment
  • Conducting the Mental State Assessment conversation
  • Risk assessment fundamentals
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.

Purpose

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

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
Target Audience

This Course is relevant to all registered nurses and other 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.

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 experience 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 healthcare. 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. See Educator Profile

Details
CPD1h 25m of CPD
Rating
4.7
Total Rating(s)223
First Published
Updated18 January 2019
Expires 12 March 2022
Recorded InMelbourne, Australia
Topics
Mental Health
Triage
Clinical Assessment
Psychology
Communication
Learning Tools
Content Integrity

Learner Reviews

4.7
223 Total Rating(s)
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ronit tzabari
01 Apr 2020

very informative

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Natalie lindsay
31 Mar 2020

I found this learning to be informative and interesting. Speaker was very easy to listen to.

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Kristine Smith
31 Mar 2020

Excellent presentation

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Adwoa Agyeiwaa Paintsil
25 Mar 2020

Excellent

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Sarah Ball
21 Mar 2020

Good resource. Great refresher.

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Lisa O’Dwyer
21 Mar 2020

Great content, relevant to my needs.

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annaliese gilles
14 Mar 2020

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Sandra Halliwell
10 Mar 2020

Good course.

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Dominic Peterson
03 Mar 2020

I liked it! I think it was a very useful resource. If possible, I would have benefited from an accompanying tool for doing the assessment, such as a list of questions.

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Lucila Tooley
01 Mar 2020

It is full of interesting information.