Mental Health First Aid (Older Person) | Mar 22 & 23 2018 | Cairns City

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Health Reimagined

8/104 Grafton Street

Cairns City, QLD 4870


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Mental Health First Aid Training (Older Person)

Thursday 22 March & Friday 23 March 2018 - Cairns QLD

Morning Tea and Lunch included both days...

Health Reimagined has arranged an Accredited Mental Health First Aid (Older Person) Training Instructor to travel to Cairns to deliver this important training to the Cairns and Far North Queensland region.

Health Reimagined

8/104 Grafton St, Cairns (next to Medicare)

This 2-Day course teaches adults how to provide mental health first aid to the older person (65+).

Mental health first aid is the help provided to a person who is developing a mental health problem, experiencing a worsening of an existing mental health problem or in a mental health crisis. The first aid is given until the appropriate professional help is received or the crisis resolves. Curriculum content is evidence-based, informed by the input of mental health professionals, researchers and consumer advocates.

Why the Older Person MHFA course?

In older age, mental illnesses can particularly occur in association with physical illnesses, loss of independence, bereavement and brain changes that occur with ageing.

Mental health problems are under-diagnosed and under-treated in this population, often misattributed to ageing or poor physical health. Stigma and poor mental health literacy in family and carers of older Australians are likely to contribute to the lack of supportive interactions, diagnosis and treatment of mental health problems.

The aim of the Older Person MHFA Course is to train the community to respond appropriately as early as possible to older people developing mental health problems, rather than wait for a mental health crisis before taking action.

Course content

Course participants learn about the signs and symptoms of the common mental health problems in older people, how to offer initial help, where and how to get professional and other help, what sort of help has been shown by research to be effective, and how to provide first aid in a crisis situation.

Mental health problems:

• Depression

• Anxiety problems

• Confusion and dementia

• Psychosis.

Mental health crises:

• Suicidal thoughts and behaviours

• Panic attacks

• Delirium

• Unsafe behaviours due to confusion - wandering, unsafe to drive and unsafe in current place of residence

• Challenging behaviours due to confusion.

Course Format

2-day course. Course participants receive a copy of the Older Person MHFA Manual to keep and a Certificate of Completion.

Who can attend an Older Person MHFA course?

Any interested adult, particularly those who work or live with older people, can attend. Please note this course is not a therapy or support group, rather it is an education course to learn how to give first aid to others.

Why attend an Older Person MHFA course?

As a participant you will gain improved knowledge of mental illnesses and their interventions, knowledge of appropriate first aid strategies, and confidence in providing first aid to individuals with a mental health problem.

Other available MHFA Courses

MHFA Australia offers an expansive and growing suite of face-to-face courses, teaching participants how to appropriately apply MHFA skills to varying populations and target groups. Populations include adults, youth and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. Target groups include the suicidal person, white collar workers, lawyers, pharmacists and tertiary students. See the Health Reimagined website for more details about these courses.


What are my parking options near Health Reimagined in Grafton St, Cairns CBD?

Where to park in the city - Cairns Regional Council

How can I contact the organiser with any questions?

Contact Jason Trim Health Reimagined via email to telephone:


(07) 4044 8900

Is it ok if the name on my ticket or registration doesn't match the person who attends?

Yes it is o.k

What is the refund policy?

7 Days - Attendees can receive refunds up to 7 day prior to the event start date.

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