Cover image for lecture: A Guide to Performing a Mental Health Examination

Lecture Overview

It is essential that all nurses, not just those working in mental health settings, have the knowledge, skills and confidence to perform a mental health examination. This practical session will draw on relevant case studies to demonstrate how to assess a person in your care who is experiencing mental distress.


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Amanda Smith

Amanda Smith is a proud and vocal advocate of comprehensive health care with a passion for mental health nursing. Although initially starting her career in general nursing, working across the aged care sector, cardiac, medical, and later emergency departments, Amanda's desire to improve quality outcomes for those suffering with mental distress navigated her career towards mental health nursing and education. For the last 7 years, along with being a clinical practitioner in the mental health care arena, Amanda has additionally been privileged to work alongside some truly amazing academics as a sessional tutor teaching in tertiary institutions in Queensland for undergraduate nursing and paramedic degree students. Amanda's experience spans all facets of mental health nursing from acute triage and assessment, to emergency and special service co-response teams, to high dependency and case management. She is passionate about consumers receiving quality service from first contact throughout their entire mental health journey. She believes the fundamental issue for all consumers is the barriers of stigma and discrimination, which often prevents people from making that initial contact and receiving both accurate physical and mental health assessment. It is Amanda's ongoing intention to address these barriers through drawing on her own journey and experience, as well as through clinical practice, education, and ongoing professional development.



17 Total Rating(s)

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Mary Wyn
14 Aug 2019

Really usefull, excellent presenter

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Daryl Stuart
13 Aug 2019

Excellent depth of coverage

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Mia Ruggieri
12 Aug 2019

The reference materials used for content - that I have accessed - as referred to is very interesting to read. Expanded my knowledge and supported prior learning.

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Dean James Irwin
05 Aug 2019

Good additional techniques to consider when assessing mental health patients and their behaviour.

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Philip Randall
05 Aug 2019

A good resource however some of the audience interactions were not audible and some of the overlays were not visible long enough to read in their entirety in real time.

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Annett Bessert
28 Jul 2019

First time I have heard about the mental state examination and provided me with a broad understanding and a bit more confidence to take on my placement in mental health community.