210309_Letter to Stakeholders - 2021 New Year and Implementation Update

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Dear stakeholders,

We have started the year with a focus on the tasks relating to implementation of key changes to how we deliver Mental Health Services in southern Tasmania.  At the end of 2020 several Operational Service Models were released and accompanying these were internal change proposals and a program of consultation with staff who will be affected by the changes.

We are very pleased to provide you with an overview of current activities for the Reform Implementation Team, these are;

  • Appointment of the Acute Care Stream and Continuing Care Stream Implementation Leads; we are pleased to announce and welcome Rob Harris as successful for the Continuing Care Stream role.
  • Formation of Continuing Care Stream and Acute Care Stream Implementation Working Groups
  • Creation and advertising of the Manager, Continuing Care Stream and third Team Leader, Continuing Care Stream positions.
  • Finalisation of the Acute Care Team establishment and progression to advertising positions.
  • Progression of a lease and the required building works to accommodate the Acute Care Team and
    co-located MH Hospital in the Home, MH Homeless Outreach Support and Mental Health Helpline teams.

In addition to above, regular meetings have also been established with Adult Community Mental Health teams of Hobart, Glenorchy and Clarence, MH Hospital in the Home team and senior staff to keep as many staff as possible affected by this initial phase in the loop with reform progress.

The Reform Program is also continuing significant work on the Hospital Avoidance Program (HAP) including the Integration Hubs Operational Service Model (OSM) which we hope to have endorsed by Mid March 2021, the focus will then be on the logistical aspects needed to enable the hubs to become operational.

Other important components of the HAP include developing the OSMs for the Acute Treatment Units, Safe Haven and Recovery College. Expressions of Interest to join working groups will be released soon.  The Mental Health
Co-Response work is progressing in collaboration with Ambulance Tasmania and Tasmania Police; great work has been done to date however much more work is needed so watch this space for updates.

As you may be aware, the Tasmania Government has accepted the Alcohol and Drug Sector Reform Agenda  recommendations and the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services Review recommendations and these two important components of reform will be progressing once key project staff are appointed.

Your contributions to this process are greatly valued, and please contact us with any thoughts or ideas by email tas.mhreform@ths.tas.gov.au

Warm regards

Kathryn Gregory Chris Fox
Director of Nursing - Program Lead Group Director - Implementation
Tasmanian Mental Health Reform Program Tasmanian Mental Health Reform Program

9 March 2021