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Founder and CEO Betty Kitchener AM Steps Down, Nataly Bovopoulos Takes Over the Reins as Acting CEO

1 year 11 months ago

MHFA Program founder Betty Kitchener AM has made the decision to step down from her role as CEO for MHFA Australia. Former Deputy CEO Nataly Bovopoulos has been appointed Acting CEO.
Fortunately for the MHFA community, both nationally and internationally, Betty has not left behind her life's work. Betty is currently a consultant leading the development of the MHFA for the Older Person Program.

Co-founders Betty and Tony Attend the Inaugural Australian Mental Health Prize Event. Congratulations to Winner Kim Ryan!

2 years 1 week ago

Betty Kitchener AM and Professor Tony Jorm, co-founders of Mental Health First Aid, attended the UNSW's Australian Mental Health Prize event. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull awarded the inaugural Australian Mental Health Prize to Kim Ryan. As we mentioned, Betty was one of seven finalists. Congratulations to Kim and thank you for your advocacy on behalf of mental health nurses.

Rugby Unite raise funds to deliver MHFA to rugby clubs in QLD

2 years 1 month ago

Under the banner of newly founded organisation ‘Rugby Unite’ and in partnership with the Mental Awareness Foundation, Darren Gaffney recently coordinated the second Rick Tyrrell Cup Rugby match. This included a pre match function to raise funds for Mental Health First Aid training for the Brisbane rugby community.

In Australia there’s a Mental Health First Aid Course for everyone, everywhere

2 years 2 months ago

This year the theme for World Mental Health Day is: Dignity in Mental Health - Psychological & Mental Health First Aid for All. Mental Health First Aid teaches first aid skills in how to help someone you’re concerned about who is developing a mental health problem, experiencing a worsening of an existing mental illness or a mental health crisis.

MHFA Marriage Equality Statement

2 years 2 months ago

Mental Health First Aid Australia wholeheartedly supports the position statement on marriage equality released today by Mental Health Australia. People who identify as LGBTIQ have higher rates of mental illness and suicide than the general community. Any discrimination that targets LGBTIQ people has a negative impact on their mental health. We call on the Australian Government to save the $160 million committed to holding a plebiscite on marriage equality and instead pass marriage equality laws through the Parliament. Learn more here.

We are recruiting for an AMHFA Program Manager

2 years 2 months ago

The Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander MHFA Program Manager is a Melbourne based part-time position, which holds overall responsibility of the training content and development of the program currently primarily funded through grants from the Australian Government. This is an identified role.

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