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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 Man­ag­ing Men­tal Health Emer­gen­cies (MHE) 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.

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 issues, sub­stance use or episodes of acute distress.

The course can be mod­i­fied accord­ing to needs of the health ser­vice and be deliv­ered on an organ­i­sa­tion­al basis.

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

Spring News 2018 MHE­Course delivery

The MHE course uses a blend­ed learn­ing approach: 

  • Online pre-course mod­ules that must be com­plet­ed pri­or to the workshop
  • Atten­dance at a one day face to face workshop

For a pri­vate face to face course, please sub­mit an enquiry here for fur­ther information.

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 

Pub­li­ca­tions:

Sup­port­ing Gen­er­al­ist Health Prac­ti­tion­ers in the Bush to Help Meet the Men­tal Health Needs of Their Communities

Aman­da North, 2018, Aus­tralian Col­lege of Men­tal Health Nurs­es News Spring Edi­tion, Page 13

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