eLearning Component of the Blended Online AMHFA Community Course | Mental Health First Aid
Blended Online AMHFA Community

The Blended Online AMHFA Community course is a 2-component course that has been adapted from the Standard MHFA (SMHFA) course for people 18 years and over. This course has been developed to support information about providing mental health first aid, and undertaking self-care being provided into Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. This course, is specifically targeted at Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and non-indigenous people working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who:

  • Have good English literacy.
  • Have some mental health literacy.
  • Are willing to do some independent reading, 7 hours of online learning, and the completion of required assessments.

In this informative and practical course, participants 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. Mental health first aid skills learnt by participants in this course can be applied in any setting. Course content includes case-studies, videos and resources.

The course has been developed in response to COVID-19 and includes two course components:

Course Component 1 – A self-paced eLearning component (takes 7 hours to complete). All required resources including an AMFA Course Manual for participants are supplied online during the eLearning.

  • Social & Emotional Wellbeing & Mental health problems in the community
  • Definitions of Mental health problems, Mental illness & Mental Health First Aid

  • Prevalence, signs and symptoms, crisis situations, ALGEE Action Plan and treatment and supports for:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Psychosis
  • Substance use problems

Course Component 2 – An Instructor-led component using video conferencing (5-hour face to face session, including breaks and set up time).

  • Revision of the eLearning content
  • Clarification of any points of uncertainty remaining after completion of the eLearning modules
  • The MHFA Action Plan & Mental Health Crisis
  • AMHFA Crisis Action Plan - Crisis first aid for suicidal thoughts, behaviours and non-suicidal self-injury
  • Application of ALGEE for mental health problems and overcoming barrier to support seeking
  • Self-care

Course Delivery & Course Fee

The total course fee comprises two components:

Course Component 1: This self-paced eLearning (7 hours) component of the course is completed on Mental Health First Aid Australia’s eLearning platform. The cost of the eLearning course is $55.00* and 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. The eLearning course component price includes optional delivery of a hard copy AMHFA Course Manual and all downloadable required resources.

Course Component 2: The Instructor-led video conferencing session (5 hours) is delivered by our Accredited Instructors nationally. Enrolment and payment for Course Component 2 is completed directly with an Accredited Blended Online AMHFA Community Instructor. The cost of Course Component 2 (Instructor-led video conferencing session) may vary depending on specific course delivery requirements, other localised grant subsidies accessible by an accredited Instructor and/or additional related support or consultancy services that may be provided by, or negotiated with your local Instructor. Your local Instructor can confirm their individual fees.

*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

All AMHFA courses are delivered to community members using our committed national network of accredited Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Mental Health First Aid Instructors.

This same accredited Instructor network will be delivering the Instructor-led video conferencing session (Component 2) of our Blended Online AMHFA Course.

All AMHFA courses at this time are privately requested courses and are directly arranged with local Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander MHFA Instructors.

There are two possible pathways to register for the Blended Online AMHFA Community course. Both pathways require the completion of 2 course components:

  • 1. Purchase both course components via an independent Accredited AMHFA Instructor who is Accredited to deliver the Blended Online AMHFA Community course. Find your local instructor and confirm their individual fees.
  • 2. Purchase the first eLearning course component directly from MHFA Australia and then identify an independent local instructor Accredited to deliver the Blended Online AMHFA Community course to provide the second course component. You can register your details, pay and enrol in Course Component 1 by clicking the apply button below.

  • If you have not done so already you will need identify a local Instructor that is accredited to deliver this online course to arrange delivery of Component 2. You can find a local Instructor here

    Upon confirmation of your place by the AMHFA Instructor, you will be sent a link via email to your Course Component 2 scheduled video conferencing session.

    Eligibility Criteria

    This course is adapted from the current Australian Standard Face-to-Face Mental Health First Aid Course for adults. It has been developed to support information about providing mental health first aid, and undertaking self-care being provided into Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. This course, is aimed at Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and non-indigenous people working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

    Course participants are required to be Australian residents and over the age of 18.