Who is the course for?
Anyone who recognises the need to understand and assist people experiencing poor mental health and help those experiencing a mental health crisis.
About this course
Mental health problems can affect anyone in the community and inaccurate and stigmatising attitudes towards people with mental illness are common. Many people lack the knowledge, skills, and confidence to support a friend, family member or co-worker experiencing a mental health problem, including how to approach someone and start a safe conversation.
How the course is delivered
This course is facilitated in two parts:
- Digital online learning (approx. 1 hour, self-directed)
- Half-day face to face
You must attend the half-day training within 3 months of completing the digital content. To access the half-day training, you must provide your preferred MHFA session details to the MOPS Training team.
Becoming a Mental Health First Aider will mean you are more able to assist someone who may be developing a mental health problem or is experiencing a mental health crisis.
This course is available to all MOP(S) Act employees and is provided as part of the Professional Development Program.
All courses offered as part of the Professional Development Program (PDP) under the Commonwealth Members of Parliament Staff Enterprise Agreement 2016-2019 are provided free of charge. However, the costs of any travel by electorate employees may be met from within your employing parliamentarian’s Electorate Support Budget.
Electorate employees of parliamentarians whose electorate offices are outside the greater metropolitan area of capital cities should check their eligibility to use additional trips for training. Employees accessing these trips should clearly mark their Staff Travelling and/or Motor Vehicle Allowance Claim as being for attendance at PDP, to ensure that the costs are not debited against the Electorate Support Budget.
View list of Senators and Members whose employees are eligible for Additional Trips for Training
If you have any questions regarding your travel, please contact IPEA.
- To register please complete the registration details and click on the 'Submit Registration' button.
- Your registration will be confirmed by email.
- For any enquires regarding the sessions, please email MOPSTraining@finance.gov.au.