Mental Health First Aid courses

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Course overview

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is the help given to someone developing a mental health problem or in a mental health crisis. First aid is given until appropriate professional treatment is received or until the crisis resolves.  Mental health problems are common, there is stigma associated with mental health problems and many people do not recognise mental health problems.  Professional help is not always available and many people do not know how to help.

The following MHFA courses are available for University staff.

Standard Mental Health First Aid

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Participants attending this training will learn the signs and symptoms of mental health problems, where and how to get help and the help that has proven to be effective.

A printed manual will be provided to participants and will be needed for the e-learning and instructor-led components.

Course Structure

The course has three components:

  • Component 1 - A self-paced eLearning component (takes 5-7 hours to complete) that must be completed prior to attending component 2.
  • Component 2 - An Instructor-led component (via ZOOM) consisting of two sessions of 2.5 hours duration, run on consecutive days.
  • Component 3 – Online exam (must be completed to be a first aid officer).


$88.00 per participant.

Standard Mental Health First Aid Refresher

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Refresher courses allow people who have previously completed a 12 or 14 hour MHFA course within the prevsious three years to refresh thier knowlege and skills. For people who are Accredited MHFAiders, the refresher courses offer an opportunity to extend their accreditation for a further 3 years.

The MHFA Refresher course involves an instructor-led componenent (via ZOOM). Two sessions of 2.5  hour duration, run on two consecutive days.

Staff attending the Standard Refresher training must have previously attended the 2 day Standard training course and completed the accreditation. Please note: If you have previously attended a Youth MHFA course, then you would need to undertake the Youth MHFA refresher or redo the Standard 2 day course.

If the time period is greater than 3 years since attending the MHFA Standard Course, the requirement is to attend the Standard Course.  Staff can check their accreditation status, before enrolling in training by contacting Mental Health First Aid Australia.


$20.00 per participant.


The instructor-led ZOOM sessions are interactive and include small group work and role plays, to maximise your experience you will need:

  • A quiet space
  • A microphone and camera

First Aid Allowance

To be eligible for the first aid allowance under the ANU Enterprise Agreement 2017-2021 (clause 65) a first aid officer must hold a current mental health first aid accreditation.

Cancellation policy

To apply for this course; ANU staff should enrol via HORUS.

A requirement of the registration process is to discuss and obtain the following from your supervisor:

  • Approval to attend the training program; and
  • Local area charging code

Cancellation policy

The following charges will apply for non-attendance at a workshop with cost unless the registrant nominates a colleague (who meets the eligibility criteria for the course) to attend in their place.

  1. Notification of cancellation received within 0 – 5 working days of the course date will incur a charge equivalent to 100% of course fees
  2. Notification of cancellation received within 6 – 10 working days of the course date will incur a charge equivalent to 50% of course fees

Please note for non-attendance due to illness or caring responsibilities, reasonable evidence will be required to waive the non-attendance fee.

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