Workshops, Speaking and Coaching

Living Better Longer offers a range of options to support people to improve overall wellness and to gain clarity about what they want out of life.
Whether it is experiencing adventures, improving your physical well-being, getting clear about your goals, or learning the secrets of living a passionate life, Living Better Longer can tailor a program specifically for you or your group.


What is Mental Health First Aid?

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is the help provided to a person developing a mental health problem or in a mental health crisis, until appropriate professional treatment is received or until the crisis resolves. A mental health crisis can take many forms, examples include; a person who feels suicidal, a person having an anxiety attack, a person in an acute stress reaction, a person overdosing or a person who is in a distressing psychotic state.

What is in the Program?

MHFA is a multi-award winning course developed in 2001 by Betty Kitchener and Professor Tony Jorm with the aim to improve the mental health literacy of members of the Australian community. MHFA training can assist in early intervention and in the on-going community support of people with mental illnesses.

The program has solid evidence for its effectiveness from randomised controlled trials and qualitative studies. It increases knowledge, reduces stigma and, most importantly, increases supportive actions. Since 2001, the MHFA Training and Research Program has been developed, evaluated and disseminated across Australia and internationally, and is currently delivered in over 15 other countries. The Mental Health First Aid Program is run by Mental Health First Aid  (MHFA) Australia, a national non profit health promotion charity focussed on training and research.  More information about MHFA Australia here: .


The modern workplace can be highly competitive. There is increasing evidence that employees are working both longer and harder in order to meet the requirements of their position. Employers are also finding it difficult to attract and retain the best employees. Increasingly, organizations at all levels are therefore recognizing the importance of looking after the overall health and wellbeing of their staff. The organizations that do this well are not only rewarded with an improved bottom line, but also retain a happy and healthy workforce. These organizations choose to offer a comprehensive workplace wellness program.

Wellness is defined as the integration of components that expand one’s potential to live and work effectively and to make a significant contribution to society. It is a continuous active process that focuses on the Physical, Intellectual, Emotional, Social, Spiritual, Financial, Cultural, Environmental and Work components of one’s life. A comprehensive workplace wellness program offers activities that cover each of the above dimensions.

Rod offers a Train the Trainer workshop for staff of organizations interested in the development of effective wellness programs in their workplace. The program runs for 12 hours over two days, but can be modified to suit individual and group circumstances.