eLearning Component of 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 Fee

The current total cost to complete the Blended Online Mental Health First Aid Tertiary Course is $220.00 (incl. GST) per participant*.

This includes:

  • The cost of the eLearning course is $55.00 which also includes optional delivery of a hard copy MHFA Standard Course Manual.
  • The cost of the 2 x 2.5 hour video conferencing sessions is $165 including GST (this may be $150 if the Instructor is not registered for GST). Your Instructor can confirm their individual fees.

* Please note – the current total course fee is currently subsidised by Mental Health First Aid International and is being offered at a fixed price nationally in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Course Enrolment:

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.

This means 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 Student 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. Course Component 1 – eLearning will be accessible upon registration and payment of the component 1 fee of $55.00 which is payable directly to Mental Health First Aid Australia.

Step 2 - Enrol, pay and complete Blended Online MHFA Medical Student Course - Component 2

The Instructor-led videoconferencing sessions (2 x 2.5 hours) are delivered by our accredited Instructors nationally. The fee for Course Component 2 is $165.00* (Incl. GST). Enrolment and payment for Course Component 2 is completed directly with an accredited Blended Online MHFA Community Instructor. Once you identify a suitable Instructor and dates, you can make direct contact to confirm your Course Component 2 booking.

Upon confirmation of your place, you will be sent a links via email to your Course Component 2 scheduled videoconferencing sessions.

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

Find available dates for Course Component 2 here.
*(Please note if an accredited Instructor selected is not registered for GST, the Component 2 Course Fee payable will be $150.00).

Step 3 - Become an Accredited Mental Health First Aider

Participants who complete both Course Components are then eligible to complete an online Accreditation Assessment in order to receive a Mental Health First Aider Certificate of Accreditation which is valid for 3 years. Learn more here.

Course Feedback

Please note upon completion of both components of the course, Mental Health First Aid Australia will also email you a link to provide feedback about your course participant experience.

Additional Information for Course Participants
Although most people who attend an MHFA course feel very positive afterwards, for some it may bring on some unpleasant feelings, particularly at times of great stress. It is best to do the training when you are feeling well.
Upon confirmation of your enrolment in Course Component 1 - eLearning, you will be provided with a document that provides you with some relevant information and free services available that you can access if you begin to feel upset during the training.

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.