Mental State Examination (MSE)
CPD Hours / Duration
1 hour/s
Depends on Membership level

Mental State Examination (MSE)

Presenter Dr Wendy McIntosh, Director and Nurse Education Consultant - Davaar Consultancy

Dr Wendy McIntosh, RGN, Grad. Dip MH, MN, Cert IV Workplace Assessment & Training, Group Leadership Cert, MACN, MANZCMHN, AANZPA

Wendy has over 30 years as a health professional (clinical, education and research), twenty-five of those years in mental health. Areas of specific interest and passion for Wendy include professional supervision, professional boundaries, professional identity, links between childhood trauma and mental illness and workplace bullying.

Wendy has over 20 years as a psychodrama trainee – a lifelong learning. She is committed to using experiential learning in the work she does with individuals and groups.

Wendy maintains a full diary of workshops throughout Australia and London UK and consistently receives feedback on her passion, knowledge and creativity as a presenter and facilitator.

Wendy is continually integrating learning and insights she gains from the work she does in professional boundaries. Wendy has developed internet training tools and education packages for individuals/organisations and delivers webinars for organisations.

With the assistance of six podcast episodes titled ‘Professional Boundaries’, Wendy is exploring and guiding listeners on their own personal and reflective journey through boundaries. Further podcasts are currently in production.


“Wendy was such an incredible host/teacher and she held space so beautifully that everyone felt safe” Captains Starlight Professional Boundaries Workshop 2019

“Everyone needs a pocket Wendy! The compassion, understanding, knowledge and tenderness is exactly what I need in my practice” Georgina Lewis, Professional Boundaries Workshop 2019.

Course Content

The webinar will describe the process of conducting a mental state examination (MSE). Whist the MSE is used predominately in the mental health setting, the presenter will discuss how used correctly the MSE can also assist assessments in many settings including aged care.

Target Audience

Learning Outcomes

In this session you will:

  • Describe the MSE – purpose and how to use
  • Understand the importance of using the individual’s own words when documenting an MSE
  • Identify barriers to correct use of the MSE
  • Discuss how the MSE can be an informative historical documentation of an individual’s journey from admission to discharge and through maintenance