Short courses on disability and mental health

Two people looking at a computer screenUnderstanding the nature of disability or particular conditions helps employers, workplace staff and service providers to be more supportive of people with disability. There are a range of courses and training programs available to educate people on a variety of disability issues.

Awareness courses funded by the Australian Government

Some organisations may be eligible for financial assistance to have staff participate in training courses on disability. The following forms of disability training are generally covered under the Employment Assistance Fund.

Disability awareness training can help people be more supportive when communicating and working with people with disability. Disability awareness training provides facts, research, and tips for cooperating in the workplace. For more information, contact a JobAccess Adviser on 1800 464 800.

Deaf awareness training gives participants an insight into the lives and needs of people who are deaf. It can show them ways to better communicate with workmates who are deaf or have a hearing impairment. For more information, contact a JobAccess Adviser on 1800 464 800.

Auslan (Australian Sign Language) training helps people learn how to communicate with people who are deaf or have a hearing impairment. For more information, contact a JobAccess Adviser on 1800 464 800.

Independently operated disability training

There are other training courses offered by independent organisations to improve disability awareness and understanding.

Mental Health First Aid provides the knowledge and skills to support an employee who may have a mental health issue or episode at work. For more information, visit the Mental Health First Aid website.

Mental Health and Workforce Wellbeing is a course run by the Australian Network on Disability (AND). It focuses on integrating people with mental health challenges into a workforce. For more information, go to the AND website.

Online training modules to help you better understand the importance of workplace mental health, are available on the Heads Up website. Heads Up was developed by Beyond Blue and is supported by the Mentally Healthy Workplace Alliance.

Disability Confidence for HR Managers is a course run by the Australian Network on Disability (AND). It helps participants master the techniques to effectively and confidently interview and select candidates with disability. For more information, go to the AND website.

Disability Confidence for Workforces is a course run by the Australian Network on Disability (AND). It is a general course for employees who may be interacting with or delivering services to people with disability. For more information, go to the AND website.

Free online Disability Awareness training is also available through disABILITY AWAREness.

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