Tasmanian Mental Health Reform Program Communique Issue 3

Download printable PDF version here: Tasmanian Mental Health Reform Program Communique Issue 3


Happy New Year

As we start a new year, and a new decade, we are excited to introduce you to some of our ‘team members’  that you haven’t met yet.  They come from diverse areas but all have one thing in common … a passion about our reform!

If you are part of the reform and interested in sharing your profile, to be included in an upcoming communique and on our website, please send us the following information (100 word limit for the communique):

Your name:

What is your connection to the Tasmanian Mental Health Reform Program:

Why is mental health reform important to you:

Email the team at tas.mhreform@ths.tas.gov.au or phone 6166 0813.

For those who may not be aware we have an advisory group - Tasmanian Mental Health Reform Program Reference Group - which has been established to bring together people with a lived experience, carers, families and friends, the Mental Health Services workforce and other key stakeholders. This group will provide advice in relation to embedding the Mental Health Integration Taskforce (MHIT) recommendations into Southern Tasmania’s Mental Health Services.


Firstly, and very importantly, in the rush that was pre-Christmas we missed one program team member in our Issue 2 Communique profiles (sorry Carol):

Carol Smith - Workforce Officer

Carol has over 30 years experience in Health. Specialising in complex recruitment, coordination and development, she has been involved in significant projects with Statewide Mental Health Services since 2000. As the Program’s Workforce Officer, she is responsible for supporting the establishment of a new skilled migrant workforce.
Carol brings wide-ranging skills and experience to the program, complemented by a genuine desire to deliver positive outcomes for the future of mental health service delivery in Tasmania. Carol is passionate about assisting people who experience mental ill health and is committed to supporting the staff who help them.

To see all staff profiles go to Mental Health Reform Program Team page.


Who else is on our team? We are very pleased to welcome Renate Hughes and share her profile.

Thank you also to several people who have already contacted Kathy, we look forward to introducing you in upcoming Issues of the Communique.

Renate Hughes

Renate is a certified Consumer Health Leader and long-term member of Flourish-Mental Health in Our Hands, bringing her lived experience to working groups managing service delivery challenges across Mental Health Services.

Renate has over 35 years’ experience in the delivery of community services, including more than a decade as a VET Teacher, delivering qualifications in Community Services and Youth Work. Renate is the consumer representative (Flourish) on the Tasmanian Mental Health Reform Program Reference Group. She is also a member of the ‘Mental Health Hospital Avoidance Program’ working group

Renate hopes that consumer and community partnerships will ensure our future mental health services are better resourced, shift the focus of care to support in the community and provide coordinated, person-centred care to consumers, their families and the broader Tasmanian community.


Hospital Avoidance Program working group

The hard work continues with the Hospital Avoidance Program working group meeting on Wednesday 8 January, 2020.