First Nations Scholarship for Mental Health First Aid Instructor


MakeShift is offering a Scholarship for someone who identifies as First Nations, has connection to Creative Industry, AND has interest and motivation to educate their community about mental health. The Scholarship includes Instructor Training in 2 MHFA accreditations, plus 12 months mentoring and paid contract work to deliver at least 4 courses.

Mental Health First Aid is a vital offering for anyone in the community to learn skills on how to notice, respond and support people around them in relation to mental health.

This is nationally accredited training and considered Gold Standard here in Australia.

MakeShift have worked extensively in delivering this training to people in creative industries, as well as public courses and private bookings too. We have identified that there is a gap in the availability of Aboriginal Mental Health First Aid, and also First Nations Instructors that have knowledge of, and connection to Creative Industry. Working in this industry brings unique experiences, challenges and landscapes, and culturally appropriate training on mental health is so important.

MakeShift is delighted to share that we are funding a Scholarship to invest in someone who identifies as First Nations and has connection to, or works in Creative Sector.

The Scholarship is open to someone based anywhere in Australia, with the understanding that you may need to travel to a Capital City to attend Instructor Training. We are looking for someone who has an interest in this area, has some experience in teaching, facilitation or presenting, plus has the availability to commit to engaging with MakeShift as a casual contractor for a minimum 12 months.

This Scholarship selection process will be undertaken by:

Caitlin Marshall, Co-Founder of MakeShift and MHFA Instructor

Deon Bird, Aboriginal MHFA Instructor, Public Speaker and Mentor

Pauline Clague, Creative Plus Business Mentor and Cultural Resilience Manager at Jumbunna, Institute for Indigenous Education & Research

To express interest, download the Info Pack which details how to apply! Applications close Friday 3rd December.


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