PsyCheck

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The Australian PsyCheck screening tool (Appendix K) has been shown to be a valid and useful resource for clinicians [310]. The screening tool has three sections:

  • A general mental health screen, including history of treatment.
  • Suicide/self-harm risk assessment.
  • The Self Reporting Questionnaire (SRQ) [311], that assesses for current symptoms of depression and anxiety.

The PsyCheck manual [310] includes training on how to administer, score, and interpret the results of each section, and the subsequent steps to take according to the screening results. If the results of the screening tool indicate high levels of symptomology, further assessment may be warranted. The PsyCheck screening tool has been shown to have good test-retest reliability in drug-using samples [312]. More information on the PsyCheck screening tool is available at www.psycheck.org.au.