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MHPE Volunteer Resource Manual

The MHPE program provides basic health information across a range of topics, written for someone with moderate English literacy, and incorporates corresponding slides, activities and resources. The resources also contain a range of reflective and skill development materials.

The program retains its particular focus on the middle-aged and older male veteran community, but is now available for use by any community group or individual. Much of the material is written in a way that is also applicable to those who have not served in the military, and despite its title, with obvious exceptions is broadly relevant to males and females.

These program resources, both for the initial training and any subsequent topics, are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License

The resource manual consists of nine health topics and corresponding resources grouped across three modules: health promotion, illness prevention and health management. The training also includes skill topics and awareness sessions. The topics and resources can be downloaded and printed or used electronically. If printed they are best placed behind numbered tabs (31) to follow the set out of the resource below:

Contents and general notes section

Induction modules – notes and resources

Skills training - notes and resources

Health promotion modules

Introduction notes and resources

Eat well-eat smart notes and resources

Be active for life notes and resources

Social participation notes and resources

Getting a good night’s sleep notes and resources

Illness prevention modules

Introduction notes and resources

Cancer and its prevention notes and resources

Health Management modules

Introduction notes and resources

Living with chronic disease or chronic pain notes and resources

Mental health and mental illness: put your mind At-Ease notes and resources

Alcohol and other drugs: The Right Mix notes and resources

Talking with your doctor (and other health professionals) notes and resources

Who can run the MHPE Program?

A State/Territory DVA MHPE Coordinator with support from DVA Community Support staff and Community Support Advisers will coordinate and arrange for the provision of program materials and venue.

Normally, a program will have a variety of presenters with thorough knowledge of the topics; for example, local health workers may provide some individual sessions, while other sessions can be run by anyone, including MHPE Volunteers, with knowledge of the topic and sound presentation skills.

How should MHPE training be organised?

Initial training is designed to run over three consecutive days, but can be spread across more numerous short sessions or intermittent days, or presented as individual modules.

The program materials are sequenced to allow participants to directly refer to the notes. Presenters should be encouraged to bring their own styles, slides, activities and examples, and to adapt the focus to target group needs, but are requested to stay true to the evidence-based notes and learning objectives.

There is insufficient time to use all the training activities and materials in the allotted time and Coordinators will determine which materials to use for initial training and which to follow-up during recall training.

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