Pharmacy | Mental Health First Aid

Does your pharmacy have a mental health first aid officer?

This blended MHFA course is essential training for all pharmacists and front line pharmacy staff. Informed by a reference group of pharmacy professionals across Australia, this course teaches pharmacists and pharmacy staff how to assist a customer who is developing a mental health problem or in a mental health crisis.

The MHFA in the Pharmacy course is designed for pharmacies that find it difficult to release their staff to attend the 12-hour Standard MHFA course. It is completed in a blended format, combining eLearning and a follow-up 4-hour face-to-face session.

The eLearning component covers

  • $88 AUD plus shipping (includes a 186 page 4th edition Standard MHFA manual and eLearning digital access code)
  • Bulk purchase of vouchers is still possible and bulk delivery of course manuals to a single site can be organised through our workplace or community engagement teams. Contact either or in advance of your bulk purchase to assist with coordinating your requirements.
  • Self-paced online via our Moodle LMS
  • Approx 6-8 hours to complete
  • Audio, video, case scenarios and short multiple choice quizzes to keep you engaged
  • Online, email and telephone technical support.

What the course covers

Using case-studies, videos and resources tailored to their learning needs, participants learn mental health first aid skills which can be applied to help any adult.

Developing mental health problems covered:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety problems
  • 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 behaviours.

How do I enrol?

Enrolling in this Blended Course is a two-step process:

1. Enrol and complete the eLearning component

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2. Attend a follow-up face-to-face session

If you have any questions check the FAQ for Blended MHFA courses.

Finding a face-to-face session

The face-to-face session of the blended course is not centrally coordinated by Mental Health First Aid Australia.

It is the responsibility of course participants to contact any of the MHFA Instructors listed on the Find an Instructor page with the pharmacy icon next to their names to schedule a course.

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What is the cost?

  • The cost of the eLearning course is $88, which includes a Standard MHFA Manual.
  • The cost of the face-to-face session varies. Your local Instructor can confirm their individual fees.

Become an Accredited Mental Health First Aider

Participants who complete this training are eligible to complete an online Accreditation Assessment in order to receive a Mental Health First Aider Certificate of Accreditation valid for 3 years. Learn more.

Bulk enrolments are available for this course via our online shop