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About this course

Are you con­fi­dent of your abil­i­ty to man­age men­tal health emergencies?

Would you like to devel­op your skills in respond­ing to acute men­tal ill­ness and severe distress?

Are you required to assist clients who have used sub­stances or alcohol?

The Men­tal Health Emer­gen­cies Online (MHE Online) course is designed to enable remote health staff to devel­op the knowl­edge and skills nec­es­sary to respond with con­fi­dence when encoun­ter­ing clients pre­sent­ing with acute men­tal health issues, sub­stance use, sui­ci­dal behav­iour or episodes of acute distress.

MHE online deliv­ers the same con­tent from our tra­di­tion­al face-to-face course but allows you to engage from the com­fort of home or work, immerse your­self in the con­tent, engage with oth­er prac­ti­tion­ers and ask ques­tions over an 8 week period.

Who is this course for?

The MHE course is designed to meet the learn­ing needs of the remote and iso­lat­ed health work­force (Nurs­es, Mid­wives, Abo­rig­i­nal & Tor­res Strait Islander Health Workers/​Practitioners, Para­medics and Med­ical Offi­cers) who assess and man­age clients with men­tal health needs, sub­stance use or episodes of acute distress.

If you have any queries about the course or its rel­e­vance to your prac­tice, sub­mit an enquiry here.

Course deliv­ery

The MHE online course is deliv­ered 100% online over a peri­od of 8 weeks and requires approx­i­mate­ly two hours of par­tic­i­pa­tion a week. It deliv­ers the same con­tent as our tra­di­tion­al cours­es but using a com­bi­na­tion of:

  • Self-direc­t­ed online learn­ing and activities
  • Online dis­cus­sion boards
  • 3 live online tutorials

Tuto­r­i­al times are shown in Aus­tralian East­ern Stan­dard Time and will need to be con­vert­ed to local time by inter­state attendees.

On suc­cess­ful com­ple­tion of this course, clin­i­cians will have covered:
  • Effec­tive communication
  • Men­tal health assessment
  • Men­tal health emer­gen­cies – acute dis­tress and acute men­tal illness
  • Man­ag­ing acute men­tal dis­tur­bance – cur­rent best prac­tice in the remote & iso­lat­ed health context
  • Man­ag­ing acute intox­i­ca­tion and with­draw­al – cur­rent best prac­tice in the remote & iso­lat­ed health context
  • Self-harm and suicide
On suc­cess­ful com­ple­tion par­tic­i­pants will be awarded:
  • A CRANAplus Men­tal Health Emer­gen­cies course certificate
Cater­ing information

Giv­en the remote loca­tion of many of our cours­es, we are some­times restrict­ed to Veg­e­tar­i­an and Gluten Free dietary options. While we always sup­ply fresh food and fruit, par­tic­u­lar foods may not be eas­i­ly accessed in remote areas. Should you have quite spe­cif­ic restric­tions we encour­age you to bring some basics and then pick and choose from the fresh food offered on the day. You should also inform us of any aller­gies you may have so we can advise the cater­er and be aware of the situation.

Addi­tion­al FAQs

View the answers to oth­er fre­quent­ly asked ques­tions about CRANAplus courses.

Finan­cial sup­port to attend

CRANAplus Mem­bers receive a dis­count on face-to-face course reg­is­tra­tion and are eli­gi­ble to apply for var­i­ous CRANAplus pro­fes­sion­al devel­op­ment grants to meet the costs asso­ci­at­ed with course atten­dance. You can also find a list of grants and schol­ar­ships offered by exter­nal providers, such as the Health Work­force Schol­ar­ship Pro­gram, on our Path­way Incen­tives page.