Refresher Courses | Mental Health First Aid

Mental Health First Aid
Refresher Courses

What are MHFA Refresher Courses?

Refresher courses are available for individuals that have completed a full 2-day Mental Health First Aid face-to-face course or a Blended or Blended Online Mental Health First Aid course, followed by the completion of an accreditation assessment within the last 3 years.

These courses enable accredited Mental Health First Aiders to revise their knowledge and skills, and to extend their accreditation for a further 3 years.

Refresher courses currently available include:

Face-to-face

  • 4-hour Standard Mental Health First Aid Refresher Course
  • 4-hour Youth Mental Health First Aid Refresher Course
  • 4-hour Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health First Aid Refresher Course

Online

  • 5-hour Standard Mental Health First Aid Refresher Course
  • 5-hour Youth Mental Health First Aid Refresher Course

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Am I eligible to enrol in a Refresher Course?

You are eligible for a refresher course if you have accredited as an MHFAider within the last three years.

Login to your MHFA account here to check your accreditation expiry date and access your Certificate of Accreditation. Please provide this certificate to the Instructor delivering the Refresher course so they can check your eligibility to attend.

Upon completion of your Refresher Course, you can attempt another accreditation assessment to extend your accreditation by a further 3 years.

I am coordinating Refresher Course attendance for my organisation. How do I verify if my group of attendees are all eligible to complete a Refresher Course?

Course attendees will need to log into their account here to verify their accreditation expiry date. Individuals can download a copy of their accreditation certificate if they completed the assessment which will verify their eligibility to complete a Refresher Course. 

It is the responsibility of course participants to be aware of their accreditation status with MHFA prior to attending a Refresher Course. It is also recommended that course organisers verify the eligibility of all course participants prior to attending a Refresher Course or booking an Instructor for course delivery.

If an ineligible person attends a Refresher Course, they will not be able to attempt the accreditation assessment. The onus is on individual course participants to verify their accreditation status prior to attendance.

What if I completed a 2-day Mental Health First Aid Course in the last 3 years but did not complete the accreditation assessment?

The accreditation assessment is able to be accessed for up to 3 years after you complete the course so, if it is still within this timeframe, please email us at mhfa@mhfa.com.au to request for your unique link to be re-sent to you. If it has been longer than 3 years since you attended a full  course, you will be unable to attempt the accreditation assessment without completing a further full course.

I attended a Refresher Course but have been advised that I am ineligible to re-accredit. What can I do?

Confirming eligibility to re-accredit is the responsibility of the individual, not the instructor running the Refresher course. To receive a Certificate of Accreditation, you will need to attend a 2-day face-to-face or Blended course.

Which Refresher Course should I complete?

Accredited MHFAiders should complete the same type of Refresher Course as their original 12-14 hour Mental Health First Aid course or equivalent (as shown in the table below) to renew their accreditation.

 

I have already completed a Refresher course. Can I complete another Refresher Course?

Three years after completing a Refresher Course, MHFAiders will need to attend a full 12 or 14-hour MHFA course in order to maintain their accreditation.

 

Previously Completed Course

Refresher Course

Standard or Older Person

4-hour face-to-face or 5-hour online Standard

Blended or Blended Online Workplace

4-hour face-to-face or 5-hour online Standard

Blended or Blended Online Community

4-hour face-to-face or 5-hour online Standard

Blended Online Financial Services Professionals

4-hour face-to-face or 5-hour online Standard

Blended for the Legal Profession

4-hour face-to-face or 5-hour online Standard

Blended or Blended Online Pharmacy

4-hour face-to-face or 5-hour online Standard

Blended or Blended Online Tertiary

4-hour face-to-face or 5-hour online Standard or Youth

Youth

4-hour face-to-face or 5-hour online Youth

Blended or Blended Online Youth

4-hour face-to-face or 5-hour online Youth

AMHFA

4-hour face-to-face AMHFA

Blended Online AMHFA Community

4-hour face-to-face AMHFA

Login to your MHFA account here to check your accreditation expiry date and access your Certificate of Accreditation. Please provide this certificate to the Instructor delivering the Refresher course so they can check your eligibility to attend.

 What if I completed my full Mental Health First Aid Course more than 3 years ago?

If it has been longer than 3 years since you attended the course, you can still attend a Refresher course for the purposes of refreshing your knowledge, however, you will be unable to attempt the accreditation assessment and ineligible to obtain a Certificate of Accreditation upon completion. To receive a Certificate of Accreditation, you will need to attend another full 2-day face-to-face, Blended or Blended Online course.

 

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.

Find a Refresher Course here

Youth MHFA
Refresher Course

This course gives participants an opportunity to refresh the knowledge 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.

Find a Refresher course here

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.

Find a Refresher course here

ONLINE REFRESHERS

To complete an Online Refresher Course please refer to the MHFA Course Calendar here:

Online Refreshers

Available Refresher courses that can be completed online will be listed with a location such as:
All of Australia, Anywhere, Online, Via Zoom, etc.

The Instructor-led virtual sessions are live meetings conducted over the internet using video conferencing software (your Instructor will provide a link for you to the platform they use).

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