Instructor Profile | Mental Health First Aid
AJ Williams





Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander MHFA Talking About NSSI
Engaging Senior Leaders
Blended Online MHFA Tertiary
Blended Online AMHFA Community
Blended Youth icon
Standard MHFA
Standard Refresher Course
Youth MHFA
Youth Refresher
AMHFA 3.1 icon
ATSI Refresher
AMHFA Talking About Suicide
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Talking about Gambling
Master Instructor
Principal Master
Conversations about Gambling
Conversations about Suicide
Conversations about NSSI
Blended Online MHFA Workplace
Mental Health Yarns
Blended Online MHFA Financial Service Professionals
Blended Workplace
Blended Online MHFA Community
Blended MHFA for Tertiary Students
Blended MHFA for the Australian Legal Profession
Blended Pharmacy

Location Information

AJ is an PRINCIPAL MASTER Instructor, having delivered over 530 courses, experienced with travelling nationally

States Available In

  • Australian Capital Territory
  • New South Wales
  • Northern Territory
  • Queensland
  • South Australia
  • Tasmania
  • Victoria
  • Western Australia


AJ Williams is a highly engaging presenter with over 25 years experience in training, facilitation & mentoring.
He is a Principal MHFA Master Instructor who as of August 2021, has delivered over 570 courses nationally.

AJ is an Aboriginal man of Wiradjuri / Wotjobulak background.
He is a qualified Nurse (maternal health & mental health), AASW Mental Health accredited Social Worker, Youth Worker (mentoring & suicide prevention), External Mentor, Career Educator & Cultural Consultant.
He has 33 years experience in the health, community services and education sectors primarily within Victoria and NSW, but has worked in all states and territories.

As a member of the Stolen Generations, and a person who has lived experience of mental health, he is always happy to share his knowledge & experiences.

AJ is accredited to deliver:

Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander MHFA Edition 3.1,

AMHFA Refresher,

AMHFA Talking about Suicide,

AMHFA Talking about Gambling,

AMHFA Talking about Suicide,

AMHFA Talking about NSSI,

Standard Mental Health First Aid Edition 4, Standard MHFA Refresher,

Youth Mental Health First Aid Course,

Youth Mental Health Refresher,

Youth Mental Health First Aid Course Refresher,


MHFA for Engaging Senior Leaders,

Blended Online MHFA Workplace Course,

Blended Online MHFA Community Course,

Blended Online MHFA Tertiary Course,

MHFA for Gambling Problems,

MHFA for the Suicidal Person,

MHFA for Non-Suicidal Self Injury,

MHFA Blended Online for Legal Professionals,

MHFA Blended Online for Pharmacy Professionals For Pharmacists,

MHFA Blended Online Financial Service Professionals,

From 2010-2016- AJ worked within the National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Mental Health First Aid program as the AMHFA Program Manager across the 3 organisations in which it was housed (University of Newcastle, Orygen Youth Health & Metal Health Fist Aid Australia). In this time he trained over 200 New AMHFA Instructors.

As of August 2021, AJ has has delivered 570 workshops in such diverse places from corporate settings, community health organisations, Aboriginal health services & gathering places, local sporting clubs, government settings (local, state and federal), rural & remote communities, as well as refuges & prisons.

In 2012, AJ won the NSW Mental Health Matters Award for 'Indigenous social and emotional wellbeing', was a finalist in the 2013 SUICIDE PREVENTION AWARDS and was awarded EMERGING VICTORIAN INDIGENOUS LEADER AWARD for 2016.

In 2019, AJ was awarded the Frankston Mornington NAIDOC Community Award and in 2021, AJ was the HESTA Finalist for the Diversity & Inclusion Award

AJ's Girraway Ganyi Consultancy YouTube channel was awarded 'Highly Commended' at the 2021 Reconciliation Victoria HART Awards.

With over 30 years experience, AJ is a highly respected and well known MHFA Instructor, and is highly sought after for course delivery, consultation, mentoring programs and conferences.

AJ is able to travel Australia wide provided costs are met. All trainings gain traditional owner endorsement.
Please see feedback of AJ's work through digital testimonials located at: and scroll to bottom of page

Traditional owner endorsed in Melbourne by both the Wurundjeri & Bunorong. and scroll to bottom of page

AJ provides an interactive experience for all participants. Excellent Feedback.. Great references, Great reviews. LOADS of FUN!!!!

Please contact Girraway Ganyi Consultancy for quotes and bookings. 0434049764

Additional Information

If your workplace requires MHFA training, whether Face to Face OR via the Blended version (E-Learning & virtual workshop sessions) - email us for a quote: