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Mental health assessment: the primary care role



Dr Caroline West will lead a panel discussion on the factors involved in a basic mental health assessment during a live broadcast on the Rural Health Channel and NITV.

The discussion will identify the range of psychological, social and other factors involved in a basic mental health assessment, and outline appropriate history-taking and the role and conduct of a mental health status examination. The diagnostic value of screening instruments will be explored, together with their adaptability to different population groups and their use as a guide to intervention and ongoing management. The use of specialist support services, including telehealth and video-conferencing, will also be considered.

Case studies will be used to explore the assessment of a range of mental health presentations as well as the assessment of children and adolescents with mental health difficulties. There will also be a focus on the assessment of suicidal risk.

Programs that have been developed to increase mental health literacy in rural communities, and to assist community members in particular positions to be able to identify the basic signs and symptoms of mental health conditions will also be examined.


Rural Health Education Foundation
38 Thesiger Court
Deakin ACT 2600
PO Box 324
Curtin ACT 2605
Ph: (02) 6232 5480
Fax: (02) 6232 5484


Last updated: 6 June 2013
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