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Older Person MHFA Course


Older Person MHFA


The Older Person Mental Health First Aid course will teach you how to assist a person aged 65+ who may be experiencing a mental health problem or mental health crisis until appropriate professional help is received or the crisis resolves, using a practical, evidence-based Action Plan.

This course is based on guidelines developed through the expert consensus of people with lived experience of mental health problems and professionals.

Mental health problems covered

  • Depression and anxiety
  • Confusion and dementia
  • Psychosis

Mental health crises covered

  • Suicidal thoughts and behaviours
  • Panic attacks
  • Delirium
  • Unsafe and challenging behaviours due to confusion.

Note: This course is not a therapy or support group.

What is the format?

This is a 12-hour course, which is usually delivered as either: A 2-day training package (6 hours per day), or as 4 separate modules (3 hours each).


Why attend an MHFA course?

Evaluations consistently show that MHFA training is associated with improved knowledge of mental illnesses, their treatments and appropriate first aid strategies, and confidence in providing first aid to individuals with mental illness. It is also associated with decreased stigma and an increase in help provided.


Who can attend this course?

Any interested adult, particularly those who work with, live with or care for older people, including families and carers.


Become an Accredited Mental Health First Aider

Demonstrate your mental health first aid skills by becoming an Accredited Mental Health First Aider. Complete an online assessment after the course to become accredited.


Caboolture: Caboolture Hub, Studio Workshop 1, 4 Hasking St, Caboolture QLD 4510, Canberra: Ainslie Football Club, 52 Wakefield Street, Ainslie ACT 2602, Brisbane, On site, Canberra: Gungahlin Golf Club, 110 Gundaroo Dr, Nicholls ACT 2913, Canberra Parklands Central Hotel Apartments, 6 Hawdon Place, Dickson/Canberra ACT 2602, Caloundra Central Apartment Hotel, 36 Browning Blvde, Caloundra QLD 4551, Cairns Central Apartments, 58 McLeod Street, Cairns QLD 4870, Gladstone City Central Apartments, 66 Oaka Lane, Gladstone QLD 4680, Toowoomba Central Plaza Apartment Hotel, 532-544 Ruthvern Street, Toowoomba QLD 4350, Mercure Townsville, 166-194 Woolcock , Townsville QLD 4812, Hope Centre, 18 Buchanan Road, Rothwell QLD 4022, 44767 Warrego Highway, Roma QLD 4455, BreakFree Grand Pacific, 100 Bulcock St, Caloundra QLD 4551

Course Date

09/06/2022 – 10/06/2022, 04/07/2022 – 05/07/2022, 16/06/2022 – 17/06/2022


9:00 AM to 3:30 PM AEDT