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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. See Educator Profile


44 Total Rating(s)
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Glen Martin
26 Nov 2019


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Dylan Jenkins
10 Oct 2019

Really interesting, really engaging.

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David Mangan
08 Oct 2019

Engaging educator. Topic well covered and interesting.

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Michele Selby
04 Oct 2019

practical information

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matthew wilkinson
04 Oct 2019

Well presented

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Colin Gardiner
03 Oct 2019

A good topic

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mary susan delos reyes
13 Sep 2019

Good presentation

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Hillory Wallis
11 Sep 2019

Well presented, simple to understand and applicable to improving on nursing practice.

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Meredith Stewart
09 Sep 2019

Very informative & educational!

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J Pitcher
09 Sep 2019

Useful, full of information. The presenter asked her audience for examples and responses and we were unable to hear them. The presenter used every day experiences to illustrate points which made the things she was describing more relatable