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What does it mean exactly to be 'Accredited?'

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) courses have not been mapped in NTIS and course participants do not receive an accredited statement of attainment. MHFA International has an ongoing research program to develop and maintain MHFA Guidelines for Australia (and for some of the guidelines - English speaking countries). To be an 'Accredited' MHFAider means a MHFA course participant who passes the assessment is accredited against these guidelines. It is similar to the way National First Aid Standards (which are used to develop and update Red Cross, St Johns Ambulance etc First Aid Courses) are held by the Australian Resuscitation Council.

Not all training programs belong to the VET scheme and Mental Health First Aid Australia has chosen not to be part of the VET scheme to date. This is because MHFA Australia already has the academic research and rigour, that is greater than is required by VET. The setting up of VET was to ensure that training programs reach at least an acceptable level of rigour. Also, to maintain this academic rigour, we believe it is important to restrict who can train MHFA Instructors, rather than allow any RTO to do this.

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