What is a MHFA Refresher Course?

Mental Health First Aid Australia offers three Refresher Courses:

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

The Refresher Courses were released in early 2018. Anyone who has completed a 12 or 14-hour MHFA course in the last 3 years is eligible to attend.

Participants who completed the online assessment to become an accredited MHFAider are able to extend their accreditation by a further 3 years by attending a Refresher Course. 

Participants have from 6 months before their accreditation expiry to 3 months after to complete a Refresher Course and complete the online assessment. Their renewed accreditation will be valid for 3 years from the date they passed their refresher online assessment.

The aim of the Refresher Courses is to update and build upon skills learned in the initial 12 or 14-hour mental health first aid course. The courses contain new films and additional materials. The courses are delivered in a 4-hour face-to-face session and participants will receive a manual to take home.

If you have completed more than one MHFA course and proceeded to complete accreditation for each of these (e.g., Standard MHFA and Youth MHFA), you will have a separate accreditation for each course. Therefore, you will need to complete a Refresher Course for each of these. Each accreditation will have a separate expiry date, which will correspond to when you need to complete the Refresher Course.


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