About Jackie

Jackie McRae: Graduate Diploma in Psychology. B App Sc. (Sport Science) P Grad Bio Sc. (Health Promotion) Grad Dip Ed. (Training & Development

Holistic First Aid
Training consultant and Founder · Perth, Western Australia
Mental, physical & emotional first aid.

Edith Cowan University
Previously Sessional lecturer in  Personal Health unit, as part of the Health Science area.

For over 20 years Jackie has also delivered nationally accredited first aid training with a variety of organisations including Australian Red Cross & Sports Medicine Australia & believes it is a life skill.

Jackie is also an accredited Principal Master instructor of the award winning Mental Health First Aid course developed in conjunction with  Australian National University.

Jackie has worked in many health promotion roles including road safety, sports medicine, spinal injuries and emergency management.

Voluntarily Jackie has been a telephone counsellor on a national crisis support service, & also involved with Australian Red Cross emergency services. 


Training & Development Association (TADA)  President

Association of Transactional Analysis

Sports Medicine Australia



“I've been thinking about it a lot and your advice and insights are going to remain with me for a long time!  I think what you do is totally amazing and your truly inspirational!!! Once again thank you so much. Tyler S Mental Health First Aid course

“The trainer Jackie McRae was excellent and probably one of the best I’ve experienced.  Jackie structured the training days very well with a variety of activities to keep us engaged and entertained.   I gained lots of practical skills through participation in role play and was grateful to also receive a book to take away with me for future reference should I need some guidance in the future. Mental Health First Aid participant

an exceptionally informative, practical, experience-grounded, enthusiastic, interactive, but most of all FUN!!! Presentation. The best presenter we have ever had!!" Professional development course for School teachers

“Jackie ...kept the staff enthralled with her engaging style and enthusiasm for the task. The talk was well structured. The introduction gained the audience’s attention and established a great rapport between herself and the audience. She kept us occupied with humour in a well paced and appropriately structured talk” PD presentation for private senior high school teachers

“Jackie was fantastic. Everyone enjoyed her friendly, humorous, and educational approach.
She was very well received.”
Swimming club – first aid presentation

“Jackie was helpful in demonstrating & patient in answering each person’s questions” Community group – first aid presentation

“Jackie was very good & delivered a great, tailored presentation & practical session” SDJFC

“The skills and knowledge from the information learnt from the training continues to be used with great success on a daily basis, not only for AAC employees but also the community members” AAC MHFA course

“By the way the MHFA training was a hit. I heard great feedback from the participants, not just ours. From all accounts the presenter was really good.” Community Services organisation – mental health first aid course

Who benefits from Holistic first aid?

Having a holistic approach to first aid can only enhance the support we can provide for our family friends & work colleagues.  One area is just as important as the other.

Have all  your employees attended a first aid course or even a 3-4 hour CPR course?

Do you have adequate first aiders for the number of people involved?

That's the physical side of looking after possible injuries & illnesses at work or in the home.

What about the mental health side?

Each organisation has a duty of care to look after the health of it's employees.

It has been said that undiagnosed depression in the workplace costs an organisation approximately $10,000 per person, with 1 in 5 people in Australia developing a mental health illness in any one year (Beyond Blue). Unfortunately many people suffer a mental illness for a long time before they seek help.


The Mental Health First Aid Program is run by Mental Health First Aid TM Australia, a national non-profit health promotion charity focused on training and research. More information about MHFA Australia here www.mhfa.com.au

Many organisations use the Mental Health First Aid course as continuing professional development (CPD) points 

As of October 2011, the 12 hour Standard Mental Health First Aid course has been accredited by the following professional bodies:

Royal College of Nursing Australia


This short course has been endorsed by Royal College

of Nursing, Australia,according to approved criteria.

Attendance attracts 10.5 RCNA Continuing

Nurse Education (CNE) points as part of RCNA’s

Life Long Learning Program (3LP).

 Pharmaceutical Society of Australia


Accreditation number: CX110058. This activity

has been accredited for 24 CPD credits of Group

2 activity suitable for inclusion in an ndividual’s

pharmacist’s CPD plan.

Occupational Therapy Australia


By attending this CPD event, you may claim up

to 6 CPD hours in Category 5 towards your

Occupational Therapist Program CPD

Points requirements.

Australian Association of Social Workers


Successful completion of the Standard Mental Health

First Aid course earns double CPD points,

i.e. 2 points per learning hour.

College of Mental Health Nurses


Successful completion of the Standard Mental Health

First Aid course earns 12 CMHN continuing professional

education (CPE) points.

Australian College of Midwives


12 MidPLUS Points has been approved for midwives

who complete this activity.

Australian Practice Nurses Association


This activity has been endorsed by APNA according

to approved criteria. Completion of this educational

activity entitles eligible participants to claim

12 CPD hours.

Australian Physiotherapy Association

This activity has been approved for Interim Accreditation

by the Australian Physiotherapy Association and each

participant will be able to accrue one hour of CPD for

each hour attended of this course.

Chiropractor’s Association of Australia

This program has been assessed by the Chiropractors’

Association of Australia (National) Ltd, on behalf of the

Chiropractic Board of Australia, and allocated 12 Formal

Learning Activity Hours.

Fitness Australia

This program has been approved by Fitness Australia for

12 CEC’s.

The outcomes of applications with other professional bodies will be provided on this page when available.

In addition, for the following professions, if a relevant CPD learning goal can be met by a Mental Health First Aid course, course attendance can be claimed as continuing professional development (CPD):

  • Psychologists
  • Teachers
  • Dieticians
  • Speech Pathologists
  • Audiologists
  • Lawyers in some states and territories of Australia
  • Orthotists and Prosthetists