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Careers in Mental Health Services

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Mental Health Services Tasmania has excellent opportunities for medical staff at various levels, including: Intern, Resident, Registrar, Consultant and Clinical Director.  Our dynamic teams work in community and inpatient settings. 

Mental Health Services Tasmania offers:

  • Competitive salary and allowances and comprehensive employment packages.
  • Attractive on-call work and call-back allowances for all medical staff.
  • Support for professional development through participation in a Registrar Training Program, regular in-service training opportunities and study leave entitlements.
  • Local professional development opportunities are available through an active Continuing Professional Development (CPD) program offered by the Tasmanian Branch of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP).
  • Ample opportunity for supervision and teaching.
  • Excellent education and career opportunities for families and partners
  • A relaxed, culturally rich lifestyle in one of the most beautiful parts of the world.

Alcohol and Drug Service 

Mental Health Services 

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services 

Adult Mental Health Services 

Mental Health Services for older people 

Entry into Mental Health Services 

RANZCP 

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Mental Health Services

The Tasmanian Government includes ten departments of which the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is the largest. Mental Health Services is an integral part of the DHHS's Community Services Group.  Mental Health Services provides direct services to consumers, carers and families affected by severe mental health problems.  It works with the non-Government sector, Tasmanian communities and the broader mental health sector. 

Mental health services are provided on a geographical basis with three Area Management Units overseeing service delivery in the South, North, and North-West regions of Tasmania, co-ordinated by a centralised state office in the South. 

MHS teams comprise psychiatrists, social workers, occupational therapists, mental health nurses and clinical psychologists.  Services are provided through multidisciplinary teams working in age-based specialist units:

   

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)

For consumers aged from birth to 18 years. Most services are delivered as community based services, but admission to a paediatric ward is available if an inpatient admission is unavoidable.  There is also a small inpatient Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services team within the Royal Hobart Hospital and a commitment to construct an adolescent inpatient unit.

Adult Mental Health Services

Is divided into two main parts - Community and Inpatient / Extended Care Services.

The acute inpatient unit in the South is located at the Royal Hobart Hospital. In addition, there is a psychiatric intensive care unit and a number of community-based extended care facilities in Hobart (Campbell Street and Tolosa Street) and New Norfolk (Millbrook Rise Centre). 

There are also a number of adult community mental health centres across the state providing a range of mental health services designated areas.  These services open at extended hours, seven days a week and include a Crisis Assessment and Treatment (CAT) component.

Mental Health Services for Older People

Consist of acute inpatient assessment and treatment services, a day centre and community services, as a Dementia Behaviour Management Advisory Service, which is part of the Commonwealth Government Dementia Program.

Entry into Mental Health Services

Entry into MHS statewide is through initial phone triage by the free Mental Health Helpline.  Each mental health team provides:

  • intake and ongoing assessment; consultation, liaison and referral;
  • individual service planning; pharmacological and psychotherapeutic treatment options;
  • early intervention and relapse prevention;
  • psycho-education and crisis response in the context of an assertive case management framework. 

The community-based mental health services are supported by acute inpatient facilities based in Hobart, New Norfolk, Launceston and Burnie.  Longer-term, secure and specialist old age inpatient services are provided on a statewide basis in Hobart.  CAMHS inpatient services are provided in partnership with regional hospital paediatric wards. 

Mental Health Services funds non-clinical support services, which are provided by the community sector.  In the North, South, and North-West these organizations offer supported accommodation, care packages to assist with independent living and specific needs, and recovery based rehabilitation and support services. 

The current Strategic Plan for Mental Health Services (2006-2011) has an emphasis on:

  • providing services that are recovery focused,
  • the least restrictive care necessary, and
  • involve working in partnership with others.

Emergency psychiatric admission is through the Department of Emergency Medicine at the Royal Hobart Hospital.

The Royal Australian & New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP)

The Royal Australian & New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) governs post-graduate medical education in psychiatry in Australia and New Zealand.  The College has responsibility for training, examining and awarding Fellowship of the College to medical practitioners. 

The RANZCP Fellowships Board is responsible (via its Committee for Examinations and Committee for Training) for setting policies for training and examinations in psychiatry. 

Tasmania's training Committee (a sub-committee of the RANZCP Committee for Training) has responsibility for overseeing the training program, a formal educational curriculum, supervisor training, trainee selection and support. Tasmania, has a designated Director of Training and Directors of Advanced Training. 

The Tasmanian program, although comparatively small, has achieved significant success over recent years in assisting trainees to advance to RANZCP Fellowship. 

Further information concerning training arrangements can be found on The Royal Australian & New Zealand College of Psychiatrists website, or from the local training committee .