Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Free Mental Health First Aid Courses for JCU Nursing & Midwifery Students 2014

These tailored courses teach nursing and midwifery students how to assist their peers when they are experiencing a mental health crisis or developing a mental health problem.

This initiative is funded by the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing until June 2014.

What is Mental Health First Aid?
Mental health first aid is the help given to someone developing a mental health problem or in a mental health crisis. The first aid is given until appropriate professional treatment is received or until the crisis resolves.

What is the Mental Health First Aid for Nursing Students Courses?
The free courses for nursing and midwifery students are tailored versions of the 12-hour 3rd edition Standard Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Course (launched in 2013). The content of the course is derived from a number of consensus studies incorporating the expertise of hundreds of researchers, clinicians, mental health consumer advocates and carer advocates across the English speaking western world. This has been supplemented with materials tailored for medical and nursing students developed under the guidance of two expert working groups. Places are strictly limited. This is one off funding so students need to select a course and email jenny.kelly@jcu.edu.au to reserve their place. See course dates/times below.

Course Content
The MHFA for medical and nursing students courses teach medical and nursing students how to assist a peer who is developing a mental health problem or in a mental health crisis, using case-studies, videos and resources tailored to their learning needs. The mental health first aid skills learnt can be applied to help any adult.

Who is This Training For?
Any interested JCU nursing/midwifery student can attend these courses for free until June 2014. The focus of training is on how students can help their fellow peers, rather than preparing them to help their future patients. Please note this is an education course, not a therapy or support group.

There is a free e-course available for students unable to attend the face-to-face course. For information see https://www.mhfa.com.au/cms/mhfa-medical-and-nursing-students/

2014 Dates:

Townsville Room 025-005
1 & 2 March 0830-1630
15 & 16 March 0830-1630
24 & 25 May 0830-1630

Cairns  Room B1.031
15 & 16 Feb 0830-1630
29 & 30 March 0830-1630
10 & 11 May  0830-1630

How to Register
Preference will be given to students who are currently on the waiting list.  To register, students must email jenny.kelly@jcu.edu.au advising which year level they are currently enrolled in and which site and dates they wish to attend. It is a two day course and runs from 0830–1630 each day. Students must attend both days and need to bring their own lunch. Be quick as these courses book out!

For further information contact jenny.kelly@jcu.edu.au

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