Certified Resilience First Aid Instructor

Dr Michael Barton

Industry Focus:

Education, Not-For-Profit, Corporate, Academic


  • Queensland, Australia
  • Cairns

Instructor Bio

Dr Michael Barton is the highly respected Executive Principal at Djarragun College, a leading independent school in Cairns, Australia. With over 25 years of experience in education, Dr Barton is known for his unwavering commitment to providing exceptional learning opportunities for all students, and for his focus on building a culture of excellence and inclusivity within the College community.

Under Dr Barton's leadership, Djarragun College has become recognised as a model for innovative, student-centred education. Dr Barton has championed a range of initiatives to support student learning and wellbeing, including the development of personalised learning plans, the introduction of mindfulness practices, and the establishment of a robust pastoral care program.

Prior to joining Djarragun College, Dr Barton held senior leadership roles at a number of prominent schools in Australia. He holds a EdD in Education from the Australian Catholic University, and is a highly regarded expert in the field of educational leadership and policy.

Dr Barton is deeply committed to supporting the local community, and has played an active role in a range of community organisations and initiatives throughout his career. He is a passionate advocate for social justice and equity, and works tirelessly to ensure that all students have access to high-quality education, regardless of their background or circumstances.

Through his visionary leadership, Dr Barton has transformed Djarragun College into a vibrant and thriving learning community, where students are empowered to achieve their full potential, and where a culture of excellence and inclusion is celebrated and nurtured. 

Dr Michael Barton is a highly experienced and sought-after resilience coach, specialising in helping individuals and organisations to develop the skills and strategies they need to bounce back from adversity and thrive in the face of challenges.

What will you learn?

Learn how to proactively build mental wellness in people you care about

Learn how to support others through six resilience domains

Learn language to talk proactively about mental health

Learn how to respond when someone is struggling

Learn a strength-based model to become a source of hope

Learn how to connect meaningfully to support those around you

Resilience First Aid

Course Outcome

On completion of the course, you will:

Don’t wait until the people around you are struggling.

Take on the challenge now to build mental health proactively. This is how we can make a long term impact.

- Jurie Rossouw