Instructor Profile | Mental Health First Aid
Donna Broadbent




Standard MHFA
Youth MHFA
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander MHFA
Suicidal Person MHFA

Location Information

Central Coast
Central Coast NSW 2260


A passionate and inspiring trainer who was awarded national RTO highest performing team member of the year 2017 and was one of four finalists in the 2016 NSW training awards - vocational trainer/teacher of the year category in the central coast region. Donna has a Graduate Diploma in Special Education & Human Services (Teaching) and currently studying a Diploma of Counselling. Donna has previously worked in the Victorian Police Force and is currently employed as a Training Advisor with Mines Rescue. She has many years experience working in employment services in both Job Active Services and Disability Employment Services as a trainer, case manager and 'youth specialist' utilising a person centred, holistic approach assisting people meet barriers & secure sustainable employment. Donna has recently designed accredited course material for Certificate IV in Mental Health, Certificate IV in Employment Services and delivers training in these areas as well as delivering training in Diploma of Community Services and courses from the business package including Diploma of Leadership and Management and Certificate IV in Leadership and Management. Her passion working with horses and people experiencing mental health issues has inspired training in Meggin Kirby's Equine Psychotherapy Institute Model to conduct equine assisted facilitated learning. This involves partnering with horses and offering 'equine experiences' to clients, to explore and address the learning needs and goals identified. It includes providing equine assisted counselling, psychotherapy, personal development and team building. Horses help teach self awareness, relationship, emotional intelligence, and integrated being supporting human growth, development and change. Donna looks forward to educating and improving the general community in Mental Health Awareness particularly in literacy. Her goals are to reduce the stigma of mental health problems and assist people in seeking early, appropriate intervention and on-going support throughout their lifespan. She would like to ensure we don't miss out on the unique experiences people with mental illness have to offer us.