Frequently Asked Questions

What is the main objective of the TMHRP?

The Reform Program aims to improve the experience and health outcomes of people living with mental health conditions by providing better access to enhanced integrated care. A key element of achieving this is to shift the focus from hospital-based care to support in the community.


What is the role of the TMHRP?

The Reform Program team are tasked with implementing the recommendations from the Mental Health Integrated Taskforce. There are 21 recommendations that translate to key actions, and the core work of the Reform Program is based around the following actions:

  • Establish a Mental Health Hospital Avoidance Program (HAP)
  • Establish Integration Hubs at St Johns Park and the Peacock Centre
  • Establish an integrated Suicide Response Service
  • Develop specialist services for people living with complex needs

For more details go to the Program Actions page.


What do we mean by integration?

There is a detailed description in the Mental Health Integration Taskforce Report pages 22-24 which provides a definition of integration from the perspective of the consumer and the perspective of the organisation. These are outline here briefly to provide these two points of view.

From the consumer perspective: “My care is planned with people who work together to understand me and my carer(s), put me in control, coordinate and deliver services to achieve my best outcomes.”

From the perspective of the organisation, integration aims to  “… create connectivity, alignment and collaboration within and between the care and care sector … to enhance quality of care and quality of life, consumer experience and system efficiency for people living with mental illness, their family and carers, that cuts across multiple services, providers and settings.”


Where is the TMHRP located?

Most of the Reform Program team are located at 2 Terry Street, Glenorchy. The team are based within the same building as one of our Community Mental Health Teams and the Mental Health Services South management unit.


How does the TMHRP work with people with lived experience?

The Reform Program is committed to working with people with lived experience of Tasmania’s mental health services. The Reference Group and Working Groups include individuals, consumer organisations and advocates who provide these unique perspectives. The Reform Program also meets with specific groups to discuss the perspectives of people with lived experience, for example Flourish Tasmania and Mental Health Families and Friends.


What is the timeframe for implementation?

The original timeframes for the Reform Program provided ambitious targets for phased implementation commencing in the second half of 2020. There has been some interruption to Program Action deliverables due to the response to coronavirus where many of the team were redeployed to support clinical services.
The overall System Model and Operational Service Models are progressing well, however the Peacock Centre Redevelopment and St Johns Park Hubs that are integral to the implementation are experiencing delays. Updates on the completion schedules will be provided when available.


Is the TMHRP looking at staff retention and recruitment?

Yes, the Reform Program team leadership includes an experienced senior clinician, Jo Poole, who is our Workforce Lead. The workforce solutions component of the reform is focused on enhancing new graduate opportunities, optimising recruitment of experienced staff and improving our recruitment processes.


I have another question for TMHRP – how do I get in contact?

Contact the Program Lead, Kathy Gregory, by email to tas.mhreform@ths.tas.gov.au
or phone on 6166 0813.