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Details
CPD1h 25m of CPD
Rating
4.7
Total Rating(s)74
Publish Date12 September 2017
Review Date05 June 2020
Expiry Date12 September 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 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.

Details
CPD1h 25m of CPD
Rating
4.7
Total Rating(s)74
Publish Date12 September 2017
Review Date05 June 2020
Expiry Date12 September 2020
Recorded InMelbourne, Australia
Topic Tags
Mental Health
Triage
Clinical Assessment
Psychology
Communication
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Further Learning

Learner Reviews

4.7

74 Total Rating(s)

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Robin Stabler
20 Mar 2019

Useful overview on MSE, I would have liked more information and examples of language used to describe and document the findings of an MSE

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Tracey Nasveld
20 Mar 2019

This was concise and informative the presenter was engaging and able to break down a complex topic. Provided a broad range of treatment options that can be applied or instigated by the registered nurse.

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Sue chapple
20 Mar 2019

It was easy to understand and well presented I enjoyed the pre and post learning tests

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Steven Wainwright
20 Mar 2019

A great review of a complicated and essential nursing investigation tool.

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Colene Bambrick
19 Mar 2019

Gave a good presentation covering all areas of a mental state examination.

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Maria De La Fuente
19 Mar 2019

Very relevant to this day and age where more people admitted to hospital are presenting with a myriad of comorbities.

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Natalie Emanuele
19 Mar 2019

An excellent presentation covering skills, components of assessment, terminology, risks, what to do and resources to keep patients safe if they have deteriorated in their mental health due to physical or mental health issues.

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Angela Pankhurst
18 Mar 2019

Excellent presentation

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Lucinda Kenihan
18 Mar 2019

It was really good. The music was at times very distracting. Some of the graphics, I felt, didn't suit the context and tone of the information.

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Letitia Dodman
18 Mar 2019

Excellent resource for staff working within an emergency department. This resource provided a Clear overview of the process it takes to provide a mental health assessment.