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Are there culturally and linguistically diverse versions of the MHFA program?

We have a Vietnamese version of the Edition 1 Standard MHFA course. The main modifications were to make the Vietnamese version sensitive to the beliefs and views of Vietnamese culture. Asian cultures very often view mental illnesses as physical symptoms. The format of the 12 hour course is similar to the Standard MHFA course, while the modified MHFA manual and PPT slides are translated.

Vietnamese Instructors need to meet our regular criteria as well as being bilingual and accepted as one of the culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) community they will be training. Therefore, the MHFA Instructors who conduct the Vietnamese MHFA course are Vietnamese and trained mental health professionals in Australia (e.g. psychologist, social worker, etc.).

With funding from beyondblue we have adapted the Standard manual into simplified and traditional Chinese for Chinese Australians, which is available to purchase on our online shop. Instructors are able to deliver the course using the adapted manuals.

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