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MHFA Refresher Courses

Refresher courses are 4 hour face-to-face courses that allow people who have previously completed a 12 or 14 hour Mental Health First Aid course to refresh their knowledge and skills. For people who are Accredited MHFAiders, the refresher courses offer an opportunity to extend their accreditation for a further 3 years.

The content of each refresher course is based on expert consensus guidelines developed with the Delphi method using both professional and consumer experts from English speaking developed countries.

Refresher courses available

Standard MHFA Refresher Course

This course gives participants an opportunity to refresh the knowledge and skills learnt during the 12-hour Standard Mental Health First Aid Course. You will:

  • Gain an understanding of the latest research in the mental health field
  • Learn the 3 key actions for helping someone feeling suicidal
  • Work through complex mental health first aid interactions
  • Practice mental health first aid skills.

Youth MHFA Refresher Course

This course gives participants an opportunity to refresh the knowlesge and skills learnt during the 14 hour Youth Mental Health First Aid Course.
You will:

  • Gain an understanding of the latest research in the mental health field
  • Learn the 3 key actions for helping someone feeling suicidal
  • Work through complex mental health first aid interactions
  • Practice mental health first aid skills.

AMHFA Refresher Course

This course gives participants an opportunity to refresh the skills learnt during the 14 hour Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health First Aid Course. You will:

  • Gain an understanding of the latest research in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mental health
  • Learn the 3 key actions for helping someone feeling suicidal
  • Work through complex mental health first aid interactions
  • Practice mental health first aid skills.

Who can attend a refresher course?

Anyone who has attended a Mental Health First Aid Australia 12 or 14-hour course is able to attend this training. Accredited MHFAiders are able to use the Refresher training to extend their accreditation for a further 3 years.

If you are a MHFAider, you can still attend a refresher course, however you will not be eligible to become an Accredited MHFAider. If you wish to become Accredited you will need to complete one of the MHFA 12 or 14-hour courses and then complete the accreditation assessment.

As the refresher courses are designed to build on the knowledge and skills taught in the 12 and 14-hour courses, these courses are not appropriate for someone who has not already completed a 12-14 hour MHFA course.

Deadline for completing a Refresher course

You may take the Refresher course up to 3 months after your accreditation has expired.

Finding a course

MHFA Australia does not centrally coordinate courses. Contact any of the MHFA Refresher Course Instructors listed on the Instructor page to arrange a course in your area. Most instructors are willing to travel but need expenses covered.

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Instructors also advertise their courses on our course calendar.

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Cost

Your local instructor can confirm their individual fees.