Mental Health First Aid
TRAINING EVENT: Mental Health First Aid Course
COURSE PROVIDER: Kris O’Brien – Disaster Relief Australia, partnered with Open Arms
LOCATION: TBD – Central Melbourne
DATE: Saturday 28th & Sunday 29th August 2021 (must attend both days)
MUSTER STATUS REQUIRED: Engagement Ready or Deployment Ready
Melbourne Disaster Relief Team is hosting Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training to be prepared for helping others and ourselves. DRA strongly encourages our IMT members, Strike Team Leaders (STL’s) and Members to complete Mental Health First Aid (MHFA). This is a preferred competency that is considered when selecting teams for projects and operations, and will play a more significant role as DRA continues to grow.
MHFA teaches how to listen and respond to help someone who may be developing a mental health problem or in a mental health crisis, and help guide to professional help as needed.
The MHFA course is a two-day program and covers how to identify and support those in the community who may be developing a mental illness or experiencing mental anguish whilst on Operations. The course aim is to introduce DRA members to:
– The identification of signs and symptoms
– How to provide initial help
– Where and how to get professional help
– How to provide mental health first aid in a crisis situation
*The course practical assessment is limited to 15 participants
WHO CAN APPLY
Melbourne DRT members who are at Engagement Ready or Deployment Ready. Priority will be given to those that are Deployment Ready.
WHAT IS COVERED
Training Venue, Morning Tea & Lunch, Training Facilitator, Training Course.
WHAT IS NOT COVERED
Travel to and from the venue.
No fuel or travel subsidy will be provided.
Members must have reached ENGAGEMENT or DEPLOYMENT READY in Muster to be eligible for DRA Training.
If you are waiting on a call or have had trouble setting up your profile, please indicate this in your EOI and the Membership team will be in touch to help you out.
Submission of an EOI is not a guarantee of attendance. Please note: Check spam and junk folders for missing communications! You may be contacted by the Mobilisation team for further information.
Candidates for training Must be available to attend BOTH days – Saturday 28th & Sunday 29th August 2021.
IMPORTANT- Due to the potential loss of value and capability to DRA, YOU must ensure that outside an emergency, you are able to attend this training. Last minute withdrawal or non-attendance, once you confirm availability, will jeopardise your future training opportunities.
Operation Joynt is named for Melbourne born William Donovan Joynt. For his ‘most conspicuous bravery’ he won the Victoria Cross.
Following a wave of destruction left by a storm front across the state of Victoria, both regional and metropolitan areas have suffered extensive damage. The Dandenong Ranges have been the subject of disastrous weather causing extensive treefall resulting in property damage, significant impact on power supply and multiple road closures. Fallen trees and collapsed power lines have restricted mobility and services providing impediment to freedom of movement while cutting off basic communication platforms and hampering the overall recovery effort. Veteran led volunteer organisation, Disaster Relief Australia has announced an initiative to provide crucial assistance to devastated Dandenong residents. Operation Joynt (named for Lieutenant Colonel William Donovan Joynt), will commence 3rd July and roll over a series of weekends in July. DRA frequently deploys a nationwide volunteer workforce to aid disaster impacted Australian communities. COVID-19 continues to roadblock the organisation’s desire to help Australian’s when they need it most. Melbourne Disaster Relief Team Manager, Kyran Byrne says his team is determined to bring real hands-on help where it’s needed most. “Our teammates in the Melbourne DRT (disaster relief team) have endured a tough 18 months with COVID-19 lockdowns. We have been separated from friends, families and the communities we assist by virtue of the fact of where we live. All of us in DRA are motivated by helping others, putting others before self, and demonstrating the true Australian virtue of mateship. When others are doing it tough – we come to help. That internal passion to help burns deep in our members, they are always willing to go that bit further for others. It is hard to extinguish the flame once it’s lit and in the Melbourne DRT, we have taken all that adversity and used it as fuel to motivate ourselves and our teammates. We have an opportunity to get out and do what we do best, tough it out, give of ourselves, and show what Disaster Relief Australia, Victorians and Australians are made of… time to get amongst it.” As disaster seasons intensify and overlap, DRA can only deploy crucial recovery services like Operation Joynt with strong links from the local community. For Operation Joynt, DRA will collaborate with Rotary – Emerald & District and their Dandenong Ranges task force called “Help the Hills”. Full operation information: Operation Joynt
Due to the recent COVID-19 complications in NSW, we are unfortunately required to put Operation Corkhill Phase 2 on hold until further notice. This is the second pause we have been forced to endure in the region due to COVID-19. Our commitment to providing help and hope to Bega Valley Shire LGA residents has not wavered and we remain committed to returning as soon as possible to pick up where we left off.