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MHFA IN THE PHARMACY

BLENDED ONLINE AND IN-PERSON TRAINING FOR PHARMACY STAFF

A little insider info...

BLLC is the chosen MHFA provider for The Australian Pharmacy Guild - NSW Branch.
In 2019, our training was recognised at a State dinner held at Parliament House in Sydney.
Not too shabby.

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Pharmacists play a key role in supporting the mental health of their community. FACT.

Isn't it remarkable to notice the growth and evolution of the pharmacy profession over the last few decades? Pharmacists are arguably the most accessible healthcare providers available to any general public member and continue to play an ever-growing key role in supporting patients across the health spectrum. In addition, they're often the first point of professional contact for those experiencing a developing mental health problem.

It's more than simply offering a sympathetic ear. A pharmacist is in the unique position to monitor for shifts in medication usage,  changes in mood and engagement, and utilise their trusted position in the community to best connect individuals with support networks. 

With that in mind, The Blended MHFA for Pharmacy course is essential training for all pharmacists and front-line pharmacy staff.

Powerful learning with a perfect mix of practical strategies and theory

As many pharmacies find it difficult to release staff to attend a standard 12-hour mental health course, the Blended MHFA for Pharmacy training is a uniquely designed course. As the name suggests, participants complete the course in a blended format, combining eLearning plus a follow-up half day face-to-face session. Once both components of the training are completed participants are eligible to receive their Mental Health First Aider Certificate of Accreditation which is valid for three years.​

What is this course about and what topics do we cover?

The participants are required to complete the interactive self-paced eLearning component that presents an overview of mental health problems, crises, and illnesses. The content is tailored towards the modern pharmacists and makes use of studies, videos, and interactive resources tailored to the learning needs of the workforce.

The e-learning component will take between 6-8 hours to complete and covers:​

  • $88 AUD plus shipping (includes a 186 page 4th edition Standard MHFA manual and eLearning digital access code)

  • Bulk purchase of vouchers is still possible and bulk delivery of course manuals to a single site can be organised through MHFA's workplace or community engagement teams. Contact either workplace@mhfa.com.au or community@mhfa.com.au in advance of your bulk purchase to assist with coordinating your requirements.

  • Self-paced online via our Moodle LMS

  • Approx 6-8 hours to complete

  • Audio, video, case scenarios and short multiple choice quizzes to keep you engaged

  • Online, email and telephone technical support.

Following on form the eLearning component is the invaluable face-to-face training.

BLLC is different as our participants don’t simply revise and consolidate the eLearning content, but we extend participant learning and knowledge. Our educational expertise and ability to provide significant learning and development opportunities see us teaching face to face session that extend far beyond the required 4 hours at our clients request.

 

Developing mental health problems covered:

  • Depression

  • Anxiety problems

  • Psychosis

  • Substance use problems

Mental health crises covered:

  • Suicidal thoughts and behaviors

  • Non-suicidal self-injury issues

  • Panic attacks

  • Traumatic events

  • Psychotic states

  • Severe effects from alcohol or other drug use

  • Aggressive behaviors

Are CPD points awareded?

Each year the Number of credits and Group can shift. Pleae contract the Australian Pharmacy Council for their current allowcation. 

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How to enroll?

Enrolling in this unique blended course is a two-step process:

  • Step 1- Enrol on the MHFA Australia website to receive a voucher code. These can be distributed to your staff and allow to create a log in and access the eLearning component. Any pharmacy staff member can attend this training.   Enrol here.

  • Step 2- Attend a follow-up face-to-face session with BLLC to complete your training and immediately receive your certification. You do not need to have completed the eLearning before booking the F2F session but it MUST be completed prior to attending the F2F session.

If you're a pharmacy looking for more hands-on experience, now is the time for action!

When it comes to dealing with mental illnesses, pharmacists often lack confidence. Primarily, it comes down to lack of training, and lack of awareness - both of which are addressed in the blended MHFA for pharmacy course.

This course will help improve your communication strategies and enhance your ability to respond to immediate mental health needs. 

This is a wonderfully powerful PD opportunity, we take great joy in presenting it to our skilled and dedicated pharmacists, we've seen it change lives and quite often save lives- time and time again.

This is your best chance to have a meaningful impact on the mental health of your community.  Book your group training today.