Instructor Profile | Mental Health First Aid
Dianne Borella


0439 450 751



Standard MHFA
Youth MHFA
AMHFA 3.1 icon
ATSI Refresher
Master Instructor
Principal Master

Location Information

Darwin NT 0800

States Available In

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


Dianne Borella was born and resides in Darwin on Larrakia country. She is an Aboriginal (Yawuru) & Torres Strait Islander woman with links to Broome and the Torres Straits. She has worked in the Australian Public Service as Aboriginal Education Officer, Aboriginal Field Officer, Program and Project Manager, Regional and District Manager, Health Solution Broker, Assistant Director and Senior Project Officer and then went on to study a Diploma in Arts of Social Science and Management and has attained a Master of Public Health.

Dianne has over 40 years experience in the workforce and has worked in Darwin, Nhulunbuy, Katherine, Tennant Creek, Alice Springs and Thursday Island in roles with the Commonwealth Department of Employment, Education and Training, (aka Department of Education, Science and Training). Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing in the Office for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health and has worked in the Department of Families, Housing Community Services and Indigenous Affairs. More recently she worked with Wurli Wurlinjang Health Service, Menzies School of Health Research and the City of Darwin Local Government.

Dianne's community interests are with the Rotary Club of Darwin Sunrise, in which she has been involved as Director on various Committees and more recently the President for the 2011-2012 Rotary Year.

She has travelled to India on two occasions with the Rotary International Polio Eradication Program, and was the Team Leader for the Rotary for the Rotary District 9550 Conference on "Our Youth Our Future" in Dili Timor Leste, in May 2013. This visit included hands-on volunteer work by Darwin Rotarian's in support of local community development in Timor Leste. Dianne attend a two week 'Leadership in Mental Health' course held in Goa (India) in 2015 which was facilitated by Sangath and the London School of Tropical Medicine.

Dianne sees such collaborative development, adding value to organisations and communities to provide services to individuals and families as part and parcel of giving back to the community that she is involved with.

Dianne brings her wealth of experience and academic validation to every engagement.

Since January 2017 Dianne has been delivering a number of AMHFA Training courses in remote communities in Western Australia, Queensland and the Northern Territory.

Call Dianne to discuss your Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health First Aid (AMHFA) Training and Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) Training and Standard Mental Health First Aid Training needs. Dianne has recently been granted Principal Master MHFA accreditation. Mental Health First Aid Australia has just launched a Youth Aboriginal Mental Health First Aid Training course. Dianne has had the opportunity to facilitate the YAMHFA course in Nhulunbuy, Darwin, and in the Katherine. Give Dianne a call anytime to discuss which type of Mental Health First Aid Course your organization, staff or yourself are interested in attending.

Additional Information

Dianne was a NESA AMHFA Trainer/Facilitator up until 2020.

Upcoming Courses | Instructing

Dates Instructor Location Course Type Status
22/08/2022 - 23/08/2022 Dianne Borella
Alice Springs
Akaltye Room, Desert Knowledge Precinct, 475 Stuart Highway
Alice Springs NT 0870
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander MHFA Edition 3.1 AMHFA 3.1 Icon Registration Open
04/10/2022 - 05/10/2022 Dianne Borella
Newmont Goldcorp
Cinema Complete, The Granites
Alice Springs NT 0850
Standard MHFA Standard MHFA Registration Open
06/10/2022 - 07/10/2022 Dianne Borella
Newmont Goldcorp
Cinema Complete, The Granites
Alice Springs NT 0850
Standard MHFA Standard MHFA Closed/Full