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Mental Health Issues, and the VET Sector

2 July 2020

Do you feel confident to help someone who might be experiencing a mental health problem?

The incidence of mental health problems in Australia is already high, but with COVID-19, we expect to see a spike in people experiencing mental health problems right now, and over the next 12 months.

One in five Australians will experience a mental health issue in any given year and 45% of people between the ages of 16 and 86 will experience a mental health issue in their lifetime.

For us in the VET Sector, these statistics are very real. They mean that 20% of our students, staff, colleagues and people around us will experience a mental health issue this year.

Mental Health issues affect a person’s life in many ways, from very subtly, to life changing effects.  But, with some basic knowledge and a set of skills behind us, we can confidently and competently assist someone when they experience a mental health issue.

 In this 90 minute webinar, we‘re going to take a look at mental health in some detail, and introduce to you some easy ways to build your skills in the area of mental health

Key topics covered within the webinar

  • What mental health is
  • The mental health continuum
  • Some facts and stats about mental health in Australia
  • When you should be concerned about a person’s mental health
  • Two of the most common mental health problems
  • A simple model to talk to someone about their mental health
  • The Mental Health First Aid course

This webinar is suitable for everyone – you don’t need to know anything about Mental Health to get a lot out of it.

NB. Can't make the session?
We send out all electronic resources to registrants within 48 hours of the session closure. All Velg Training Webinars are scheduled in AEST (QLD time) - please check your timezone before logging onto the online training session.

Date & Time

2 July 2020
10:00am - 11:30am (AEST: QLD)

Other timezones:
10:00am - 11:30am (AEST: NSW, ACT, VIC, TAS)
9:30am - 11:00am (ACST: SA)
9:30am - 11:00am (ACST: NT)
8:00am - 9:30am (AWST: WA)

Who should attend

  • CEO
  • RTO Owners
  • Principals
  • Heads of Department/Senior Schooling
  • RTO Managers
  • Operational Manager
  • HR Managers
  • Training Managers
  • Trainers and Assessors
  • Administrators
  • Consultants

What to expect

Presented by Nick McEwan-Hall, you will be provided with the following resources after the event:

  • Recording of the webinar (three months access)
  • Additional electronic resources
  • Electronic Statement of Attendance

NB: Due to intellectual property requirements you will receive a Recording only of this webinar (not a PDF of the PowerPoint)


Nick McEwan-Hall

RTO/Compliance Manager

Nick has been a longstanding and robust contributor to the Australian Vocational Education & Training (VET) sector for over 17 years. A qualified VET practitioner, DISC facilitator, trainer, workplace and business coach, his knowledge of the training and education system is highly acclaimed Australia wide.

Starting his career in Secondary Schools and transitioning to VET, his breadth of experience spans training & assessment, operations, strategic management, client relationship management, quality, data management and instructional design. He has a comprehensive knowledge of the Victorian Training Guarantee and has led small to multi-national RTOs and NPOs through external audits.

Nick has a unique ability to break down the ever changing complexities within the VET sector in a practical way which enables organisations to ‘simply get on with their core activities’ with confidence and efficiency.

A committed advocate for equality and vocational opportunities, Nick has worked with many RTOs in the Non For Profit sector including the Brotherhood of St Laurence. His focus and determination for helping others achieve and flourish has resulted in many NFPs not only remaining operable, but commercially sustainable in their provision of training for the unemployed and marginalised.

Volunteering for many years on the Board of Governance at the Fitzroy Learning Network, Nick was a key driver of new program initiatives and fundraising activities to alleviate major learning gaps and lack of opportunities to disadvantaged residents.

In 2012 Nick was a recipient of the ‘Whitelion Chairperson's Award for Employment’. He led his team across a joint partnership with Telstra to deliver programs to unemployed youth which resulted in an unprecedented number of permanent job offers within Telstra call centres.

Nick currently manages an independent RTO, ‘The Open Door Coaching Group’, along with steering his own consulting and coaching practices, ‘Latitude Coaching’ and ‘AVETMESS’. An active presenter at conferences around Australia, he runs training workshops & coaching sessions to a broad range of education and business groups. He speaks on a variety of subjects including change management, workplace values, team building and a wide scope of VET related topics.

When not working, you will find Nick indulging his fascination with Asian art and artefacts, exploring art exhibitions, enjoying an espresso coffee with friends over a joke or two and getting out of the city to wind down and relax.

A fun and straightforward presenter Nick has a knack for striking the elusive balance between theory, practicality, humour and meaningful activity. Participants of Nick’s sessions will leave feeling relaxed and empowered to make a real difference.

Also speaking at:

Your Way: Mental Health Issues, and the VET Sector

Opportunities to interact

  • Use a microphone to speak with trainer/attendees (Not available in all Webinars)
  • Raise your 'virtual hand' to engage in discussion
  • Share your thoughts via online chat window
  • Answer online polls that provide instant group feedback

NB. If you would like to send chat questions to the presenter Nick McEwan-Hall before the session, please email

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