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Click on to a profession in one of the segments in the schematic below to see the services which may be provided by the selected health care professional to assist patients undergoing stroke recovery.

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Trigger points for a GP referral to a mental health nurse

  • New or recent diagnosis of patient undergoing stroke recovery
  • Patient has difficulty adjusting to the diagnosis
  • Patient develops risk factors for the development of a mental disorder
  • Patient has a pre-existing mental disorder
  • Mental state is such that ongoing monitoring is required

Trigger points for a mental health nurse referral to a GP

  • Deterioration in physical health
  • Significant deterioration in mental health requiring referral to a psychiatrist
  • Regular medical review


Potential treatment by a mental health nurse

  • A holistic assessment identifying all factors impacting on the person's physical and mental health
  • Provision of counselling and support to assist patient to adjust to lifestyle changes
  • Assist the family to accept and understand the diagnosis by providing support, education and information where necessary
  • Monitoring mental state as it relates to treatment acceptance/adherence, with a background foundational knowledge of the biological sciences
  • Evidence-based psychological strategies