Department of Health

The psychiatrist's first assessment of new inpatients

The psychiatrist's first assessment of a new inpatient is of critical importance.

An admission process that starts well will deliver a better outcome in a shorter period of time.

The purpose of this Clinical Practice Advisory Note is to articulate the goals of the initial assessment and address a number of practical considerations including the roles of family members, carers, junior doctors and other team members. 

It was compiled with the assistance of clinicians with medical and nursing expertise.


Policies and guidelines
Date published
10 Aug 2019
2 pages
Department of Health

Reviewed 11 August 2019

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