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The 12-hour Older Person Mental Health First Aid Course is for any interested adult, particularly those who work with, live with or care for older people, including family and carers.


Participants are eligible to complete an online Accreditation Assessment with Mental Health First Aid Australia in order to receive a Mental Health First Aider Certificate of Accreditation which is valid for three years.

Participants will learn first aid skills for helping people aged 65 or older who may be experiencing a mental health crisis, the signs and symptoms of mental health problems, where and how to get help, and what sort of help has been shown by research to be effective.


Mental health first aid is the help provided to a person who is developing a mental health problem, or who is in a mental health crisis (e.g., the person is suicidal or has had a traumatic experience). Like physical first aid, mental health first aid is given until the person receives professional help or until the crisis resolves.

Mental health first aid strategies are taught in evidence-based training courses authored by Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Australia and delivered by accredited MHFA Instructors across the country.

St John Ambulance Queensland offers MHFA Courses as authored by MHFA Australia, delivered by Instructors who are currently accredited by MHFA Australia.


Book your course in a location convenient to you by selecting the region in the calendar below.


Course Details


Course Duration

2 days


    • Depression
    • Anxiety
    • Psychosis
    • Confusion and Dementia
    • Suicidal thoughts and behaviours
    • Panic attacks
    • Delirium
    • Unsafe and challenging behaviours due to confusio




Any interested adult can attend. Please note this course is not a therapy or support group, rather it is an educational course to learn how to give first aid to others.

Training Materials Provided

Course participants receive a copy of the Older Person MHFA Manual 

Recommended recertification period

Mental Health First Aid Australia Recommends that you renew your skills and knowledge every three years. 

Recommended Product/First Aid kits


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