eLearning Component of the Blended Online MHFA Medical Students Course | Mental Health First Aid
Blended Online MHFA Medical Students

The Blended Online MHFA Course for Medical Students teaches course participants how to assist a fellow student developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis.

In this informative and practical course you will learn about the signs and symptoms of common and disabling mental health problems in adults, how to provide initial help, where and how to get professional help, what sort of help has been shown by research to be effective, and how to provide mental health first aid in a crisis situation using a practical, evidence-based action plan.

Course content includes case-studies, videos and resources tailored to the learning needs and specific stressors experienced by tertiary medical student participants. There are also resources embedded within the course for medical students.

Developed in response to COVID-19, the new Blended Online MHFA Medical Student Course includes two course components.

Course Component 1 – Self-paced interactive eLearning (5-7 hours)

The eLearning course component presents an overview of mental health problems and mental health crises.

Developing mental health problems covered include:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety problems
  • Eating disorders
  • Psychosis
  • Substance use problems

Mental health crises covered:

  • Suicidal thoughts and behaviours
  • Non-suicidal self-injury
  • Panic attacks
  • Traumatic events
  • Severe psychotic states
  • Severe effects from alcohol or other drug use
  • Aggressive behaviour

Course Component 2 – Instructor-led videoconferencing (2 x 2.5 hour sessions)

Course Component 2 –Instructor-led video conferencing sessions (2 x 2.5 hours) follows completion of Course Component 1 – eLearning. Course Component 2 provides course participants with an opportunity to revise content covered in the self-paced eLearning program and to consolidate the application of this content with the development of practical skills in a group environment online.

Course Component 2 provides participants with the opportunity to:

  • Revise the eLearning content and the MHFA Action Plan
  • Clarify any points of uncertainty remaining after completion of the eLearning modules
  • Apply the MHFA Action Plan to relevant scenarios
  • Discuss and reflect 'a where to from now' in using mental health first aid skills
  • Develop a self-care plan to maintain good mental health.

Both course components of the course are to be completed within a 3-month period.

This course is based on guidelines developed through the expert consensus of people with lived experience of mental health problems and professionals.

Course Delivery & Course Fees

The total course fee comprises two components:

Course Component 1: This self-paced eLearning (5-7 hours) component of the course is completed on Mental Health First Aid Australia’s eLearning platform.

The cost of the eLearning course (Course Component 1) is $55.00 and it is available for purchase directly through the MHFA Australia website OR this may be purchased via an Accredited MHFA Instructor as part of a total course price. Whether purchasing directly via the MHFA website or via an Instructor, the eLearning course component price includes a hard copy MHFA Standard Course Manual. Postage cost for the Manual is additional

Course Component 2: The Instructor-led video conferencing sessions (2 x 2.5 hours) are delivered by our accredited Instructors nationally. Enrolment and payment for Course Component 2 is completed directly with an accredited Blended Online MHFA Tertiary Instructor.

The cost of Course Component 2 (2 x 2.5 hour Instructor-led video conferencing sessions) is set by your local Instructor who works independently. Contact your local instructor to confirm their individual fees. Prices may vary depending on specific course delivery requirements, other localised grant subsidies accessible by an accredited Instructor and/or consultancy services that may be provided by the Instructor.

*Please note: The Instructor-led virtual sessions are live meetings conducted over the internet using video conferencing software (your Instructor will provide a link for you to the platform they use).

As a participant you will need a quiet location where you will have privacy.

You can attend via your computer or tablet as you will need to be able to read the screen easily. The Instructor needs to be able to see and hear you for you to participate in the training therefore access to a camera and a microphone for the duration of the session is mandatory. If your computer doesn’t have a microphone or camera built in you can still attend via your computer but will need to be also on camera using your smart phone or tablet at the same time. Please contact your Instructor if you want to discuss your technology options.

Course Enrolment

*Please note – Students enrolled in the eLearning Component Blended Online MHFA Medical Students Course will be required to attend a Blended Online MHFA Tertiary courses to complete their accreditation.

All Mental Health First Aid courses are delivered to community members using our decentralised and committed national network of more than 2,000 accredited Mental Health First Aid Instructors.

This same accredited Instructor network will be delivering the Instructor-led video conferencing sessions (Component 2) of our Blended Online MHFA Tertiary courses.

There are two possible pathways to register for the Blended Online MHFA Tertiary course. Both pathways require the completion of 2 course components.

  1. Purchase both course components via an independent accredited MHFA Instructor
    Search for all upcoming Blended Online MHFA Tertiary Courses via our Course Calendar Page by searching ‘Blended Online Tertiary Course' here.
  2. Purchase the first eLearning course component directly from MHFA Australia and then identify an independent accredited MHFA Instructor to provide the second course component
    In the second pathway, there is a two-step enrolment and payment process required for course participants to complete the full Blended Online MHFA Tertiary Course.
  • Step 1- Enrol, pay and complete Blended Online MHFA Medical Students Course Component 1 eLearning. You can register your details, pay and enrol in Course Component 1 eLearning by clicking the enrol here button below.
  • Step 2 - Find a course and suitable dates to complete Blended Online MHFA Tertiary Course Component 2, the Instructor-led video conferencing sessions.

Identify available courses and suitable dates on the MHFA Australia Course Calendar and then make direct contact with the nominated MHFA Instructor to confirm your Course Component 2 booking and course fee.

Upon confirmation of your place, your course Instructor will send you a link via email to your Course Component 2 scheduled video conferencing sessions.

Instructor details and available Course Component 2 dates/times for all upcoming Blended Online MHFA Tertiary Courses can be found on MHFA Australia’s Course Calendar Page by searching ‘Blended Online Tertiary Course’ here.

Eligibility Criteria

This course is adapted from the current Australian Standard Face-to-Face Mental Health First Aid Course for adults. Course specific content, health system information and resources relate to the provision of mental health first Aid within Australia.

Course participants are required to be Australian residents, over the age of 18 and currently enrolled and completing studies at a medical school with an Australian university.