OPMHFA - Older Person Mental Health First Aid  


This course trains community members and aged care workers to respond appropriately, and as early as possible, to older people developing mental health problems. Mental health problems are under-diagnosed and under-treated in the older aged population, often misattributed to ageing or poor physical health.
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.

Target Audience:

Family members, carers, aged care workers and anyone interested in older person mental health

Learning Outcomes:

  • Course participants receive a copy of the Older Person Mental Health First Aid Manual and a Certificate of Completion.

Learning Methods:

A combination of interaction with a trainer and case study analysis. Once the course is completed, participants can complete and online assessment thought Mental Health First Aid Australia.

Program Benefits:

  • Have confidence to help an older person with mental health
  • Act quickly to respond to mental health concerns in older people
  • Provide appropriate mental health first aid


  • Depression
  • Anxiety Problems
  • Confusion and Dementia
  • Psychosis
  • Suicidal thoughts and behaviours
  • Panic attacks
  • Delerium
  • Unsafe behaviours due to confusion - wandering, unsafe to drive and unsafe in current residence
  • Challenging behaviours due to confusion
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