Mental Health First Aid Training – 2024 course dates announced

19 Jan 2024
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"I found the course more relevant than I expected, and feel confident in being able to approach and aid someone that may need help. A great insight into mental health and breaking down the stigmas. Wonderful presenters. Thank you." Tamara, Orange Veterinary Hospital, NSW


Working in the veterinary industry can be rewarding but it can also be challenging and stressful at times. More than ever before, we need to feel confident that we have the right knowledge and skillset to adequately support colleagues, clients and loved ones with mental health challenges.

What is Mental Health First Aid?

Mental health first aid is the help provided to a person who is developing a mental health problem or who is experiencing a mental health crisis. Like physical first aid, mental health first aid is given until the person receives professional help or until the crisis resolves.

2024 workshops (12 CPD points):
  • March – workshops 6 & 13 March (11am – 1.30pm both days) – Register here
  • April/May – workshops 24 April & 1 May
  • June – workshops 19 & 26 June
  • September – workshops 18 & 25 September
  • October – workshops 23 & 30 October 
Course format: 

During 2024 the AVA will continue to provide MHFA training in the blended online format.

Part A - e-learning module

This will take approximately 6-8 hours to complete, and you can start straight away using the MHFA online training manual available once your registration is confirmed.  

Important: you must complete the e-learning component at least one week prior to the virtual workshops. 

Part B - Virtual workshop training

This component of the training has been tailor made for the veterinary profession by Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Australia and is facilitated by Andrew Thompson from Provet/Crampton Consulting. The training is strictly limited to 12 participants and will be delivered in two online sessions of 2.5 hours each session.

What’s covered in the course?
  • Explore mental health problems such as depression, anxiety problems, psychosis and substance misuse problems.
  • Participants will then learn the practical, evidence-based communication techniques to reach out to those in need.
  • Take-home resources including a 140-page manual, information sheets and facts sheets will also be provided.

Register here for the March workshop or Contact us if you have any questions.