How does the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander MHFA course differ from the Standard MHFA course?

The AMHFA course

  • is a 14 hour course.
  • was developed in close consultation with key Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health professionals and stakeholders.
  • is delivered by accredited Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander instructors or non-Aboriginal Mental Health First Aid instructors with specialist training and accreditation.
  • covers social and emotional wellbeing and mental health issues in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, outlining the effects of colonisation.
  • covers the significant loss and grief issues faced by individuals.
  • provides information on the resilience and survival of Aboriginal peoples despite past government policies and practices.
  • looks at cultural presentations of mental illness and distress.
  • provides information on culturally appropriate first aid interventions for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People.
  • provides information on how to locate culturally appropriate mental health resources and services.
  • contains a separate chapter on suicide and self-harm.
  • discusses social and environmental triggers for mental illness.
  • includes inhalants and kava in the substance use section.
  • language in the manual has been adjusted in an attempt to better suit Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander course participants.
  • contains a course workbook to assist with interaction during the course.
  • includes Aboriginal artwork in all course materials.
  • culturally appropriate DVD's developed specifically for an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander audience are used.


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