Anxiety Education for Health Professionals (Online)

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for health professionals such as mental health clinicians, nurses, social workers, psychologists, counsellors, marriage and family therapists, psychiatrists, schoolteachers, occupational therapists and consultants

Who offers the course?

Discipline of Psychiatry

Level of assumed/required knowledge

There are no specific degrees or course requirements for this course but mental health work experience is beneficial.

It is also recommended for participants to watch the free educational video series “Getting Started with Helping People with Anxiety Disorders” prior to attending this course.

Course overview

Anxiety disorders are amongst the most prevalent psychiatric disorders in the community. They cause significant impairment and disability, and the direct and indirect cost associated with untreated anxiety disorders is high. Pharmacological and non-pharmacological evidence-based treatments are available for these disorders. The theoretical basis and the application of these treatments are required knowledge for a broad range of health professionals including all psychiatrists, psychologists, mental health nurses and social workers.

The Anxiety Education for Health Professionals (AEHP) program is an accredited online self-paced evidence-based continuing professional development (CPD) course. The course is collaboratively designed by 21 academics, clinicians and educators from 12 universities and hospitals across Australia and New Zealand to give a detailed introduction to anxiety disorders.

The aim of this course is to provide the specialised knowledge about anxiety disorders that will enable participants to effectively communicate with, and provide helpful information to people with anxiety disorders. The course also helps participants gain an in-depth theoretical foundation for further developing skills in the treatment of anxiety disorders with clinical supervision in the future.

The course will cover the following 13 study units:

Unit 1 Course Introduction
Unit 2 Epidemiology of Anxiety
Unit 3 Physiology of the Normal Stress Response
Unit 4 Genetics and Gene-Environment Interaction
Unit 5 Developmental Antecedents of Anxiety
Unit 6 Neurobiology of Anxiety Disorders
Unit 7 Cognitive Theory
Unit 8 Assessment of Anxiety Disorders
Unit 9 Behavioural Therapy
Unit 10 Cognitive Therapy
Unit 11 Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
Unit 12 Pharmacotherapy
Unit 13 Review and Putting it all together

Course duration

Upon enrolment, you will have access to the course website for 6 months and you can study the course at your own pace. It will take you approximately 24 hours to complete the course

How is this course assessed?

There are three types of assessment:

  1. Self-assessment
  2. Unit quiz
  3. Final examination

Can this course contribute to an academic degree?


Course delivery

The course is delivered online at and in the mode of online multimedia learning modules with lectures, video-based case studies, quizzes, discussion forums and final examination. You can access the course materials and complete the learning activities and assessments at your own pace within 6 months. A desktop or laptop computer with speaker, fast Internet access and the latest version of Flash Player plug-in installed in a web browser is required in this course

Course cost

Enrolment: $400 (course access for 6 months)
Extension: $200 (extend course for a further 6 months)

A discount is available for volume enrolment. Please contact the course coordinator for details.

Course dates

This course is offered on an on-going basis. You can enrol in the course at any time.

Is this course accredited for CME points?

  • Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM): 30 PRPD points
  • Australian College of Nursing (ACN): 24 RCNA CNE points
  • Australian College of Mental Health Nurses (ACMHN): 20 CPE points
  • Australian Counselling Association (ACA): 48 OPD points
  • Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW): 48 CPD points
  • Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP): 120 Category 1 points (3 Active Learning Modules)

Further information and enrolment

To enrol in the course, please visit the Centre for Continuing Education.

Contact person/Course coordinator

Richard He
T: +61 2 9845 7798

Last updated

July 2014