Mental Health First Aid

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FREE for TROHPIQ members!

Would you know what to do if someone you knew was having an acute mental health problem? TROHPIQ in conjunction with Mental Health Training are bringing you a Mental Health First Aid Course!

TROHPIQ Mental Health First Aid Course
When: 9am-5pm weekend 12/13 September
FREE for TROHPIQ members!
Location: PA Hospital Room 4H.2 (accessible from level 4 Orange lifts)

**Register here**

What is Mental Health First Aid?

Mental Health First Aid provides help to a person who is:

  • Developing a mental health problem or
  • Who is in a mental health crisis

Why do we need it?

  • The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare has concluded that mental health problems rank as the 3rd biggest health problem in Australia
  • Roughly 1 in 5 Australian adults will suffer from a mental health problem in any one-year
  • To reduce the stigma around Mental Health problems
  • The onset of mental illness is typically around mid-to-late adolescence and Australian youth (18-24 years old) have the highest prevalence of mental illness.
  • MHFA is therapeutic: Controlled trials of MHFA in workplace have been found to improve mental health in the participants themselves
  • MHFA increases mental health literacy and ability in dealing with crisis

TROHPIQ is offering this MHFA course specially tailored for medical students which is sure to be a great experience and a fantastic asset to working on the wards in clinical years and beyond.

Please email regarding membership questions.
Please email for any questions relating to the course.

Become a part of the TROHPIQ Team!

We are still looking to fill a number of management roles within TROHPIQ for 2016. If you are interested in helping out, or know someone that might be keen, fill out the form below.

The available positions are:

  • Nursing Rep for QUT, ACU, CQU, USQ and USC
  • UQ MD I Rep
  • UQ MD II Rep
  • Cherbourg Trip Convenors
  • RCS Reps for Bundaberg, Toowoomba, Hervey Bay and Rockhampton
  • Wide Bay, Rockhampton and Toowoomba RCS Trip Convenors

For more information about the different roles in the management committee, see our guide.

St George Postgraduate Medical Conference


The St George Postgraduate Medical Conference is a FREE biennial event held in St George, Queensland. The conference is aimed at anyone interested in engaging in rural medicine, with participants usually involving General Practitioners, Specialist Doctors, Junior Doctors, Nurses, Pharmacists, Allied Health Professionals and Students.

Running from the 4th – 6th September 2015 this event includes high quality education and a fun social program that highlights St George’s great country hospitality. Families are also catered for with opportunities to go explore their surroundings with local guides.

To register go to

AGM News: New Executive and Management Committees

Congratulations to TROHPIQ’s new Executive and Management Committees!

The new positions are as follows:

Executive Committee

  • Past President – Nicole Graves
  • President – William Moorhead
  • Vice President – Chantel Lyons
  • Secretary – Libby White
  • Treasurer – Toby Brunckhorst
  • Senior Nursing & Allied Health Officer – Ilze Willis
  • Junior Nursing & Allied Health Officer – Sarah Davis
  • Communications & IT Officer – Mitch Krosch
  • National Rural Health Students Network Officer – Jack Mitchell

Management Committee

  • UQ Nursing Representative – Kate Marsden
  • Pharmacy Representative – Allison Cooper
  • Speech Pathology Representative – Rebecca Brett
  • Paramedic Representative – Ellen Palombo
  • Physiotherapy Representative – Daniel Innes
  • Occupational Therapy Representative – Alexandra Guy
  • Rural High School Visit Officers – Sarah Ayles and Isabella Gosper
  • Scholarships, Bursaries and Conferences Officer – Isabella Gosper
  • Education Officer – Sarah Ayles
  • MD II Representatives – Claire Barnes and Laura Frederiksen
  • Hervey Bay Rural Clinical School Representative – Matt Cozier
  • Skills Day Convenors – Laura Frederikson, Joshua Eeles and Claire Barnes
  • Wide Bay RCS Trip Organiser – Joshua Eeles
  • Rockhampton Trip Organiser – Annabelle Kreutzer
  • Indigenous Affairs Portfolio – Nataya Branjerdporn and Melissa Carroll

The membership in attendance at the AGM also voted on some changes to TROHPIQ’s constitution:

  • The role of president may now be held by a non-medical student
  • The roles of Senior and Junior NRHSN will now be combined into a single position, NRHSN Officer
  • The position of Ipswich Medicine Representative has been dissolved, due to the closure of UQ’s Ipswich campus
  • The position of UQUMSB Representative has been dissolved, and will now come under the Vice President’s portfolio
  • The Allied Health Alumnus position has been dissolved, and will now come under Past President’s portfolio

See the TROHPIQ AGM Minutes 2015 here.

BRAHN: Bush Retreat for Allied Health and Nursing

The Bush Retreat for Allied Health and Nursing students is back! Now to be held on the 22nd and 23rd of August in Laidley, this event offers a fun weekend with opportunities to meet students from other health disciplines, learn about rural health opportunities, test your knowledge in a case-based health challenge and enjoy some awesome food!
Why you should go:

  • ​An opportunity to network with likeminded students from other cohorts and disciplines.
  • Information and advice on how to tailor your course to make the most of what TROHPIQ offers (i.e. how do I get a scholarship to study in Cairns/Mt. Isa/Stanthorpe? What are the options for rural work after I graduate?)
  • Suitable for all year levels – first years learn a few extra tips to stay ahead of your peers, fourth years can learn more about job opportunities and organisations that offer rural work and support.
  • A case-based team health challenge that draws on your knowledge of your discipline and your teamwork skills to achieve the best result.
  • You’ll have a lot of fun! A delicious themed dinner and games night, free time to explore the national park or swim in the pool.

And it only costs you $60 for everything ($80 for non-TROHPIQ members) – that’s your transport to and from UQ St. Lucia, accommodation, food & activities.

So how do I sign up?

Step 1: Fill in this sign-up form

Step 2: Pay $60 (price for TROHPIQ members) or $80 (price for non-members) to TROHPIQ via internet banking with your last name and first initial and BRAHN as the reference (e.g. I Willis – BRAHN).
If you’re not a TROHPIQ member, it’s only $20 to sign up (see TROHPIQ website) and even if you’re just joining today you can immediately take advantage of the member-discounted price for BRAHN.

Internet banking details:
Account name: TROHPIQ
BSB: 064 140
Account number: 1007 8581
Reference: Your first initial and last name – BRAHN

For more details, email or visit this event page.