Tasmanian Mental Health Reform Program Communique Issue 7

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The Reform Program are very grateful to all stakeholders for their contributions to the development of Operational Service Models (OSMs). We would also like to acknowledge and thank Rob Harris, who has finished with the Reform Program, for his work which included leading the Hospital Avoidance Program Working Group.


In this edition of the TMHRP Communique we celebrate a key milestone of releasing the first of the Operational Service Models and work has commenced,
in collaboration with Mental Health Services South, on the implementation phase of the Reform Program.

Read on for a brief summary of the Information sessions and an overview of each of the Operational Service Models.

Reform Program Information Sessions

On 15 October, Dr Aaron Groves provided an outline of the progress of the Reform Program, including updates on the activities of Jo Poole, Workforce Lead to stimulate recruitment.
Two sessions were held, and each provided a 45 minute presentation followed by 45 minutes of question and answer time.

The key updates included:

  • Redefining mental health services: Acute and Continuing Care Streams
  • New Operational Service Models
  • Our Response to Suicidal Distress
  • Continual engagement with stakeholders

The introduction of an Acute Care Team and the transition of community-based teams to a Continuing Care Team were outlined as significant changes to the way people will receive mental health care in Southern Tasmania. The Operational Service Models, outlined on page 2, provide more details of how these changes aim to improve the consumer experience.

The CAMHS review was noted, and the Review Report and Government Response has since been released on 10 November and available on the website.

Upcoming Information Sessions Information sessions are also planned for stakeholders in Devonport on 10th December and Launceston on 11th December, with two sessions in each location.

See full details of the sessions on the Mental Health Reform Program website at Latest news

Redefining Mental Health Services

A number of Operational Service Models have been developed to support the implementation of the mental health reform program.

The first of these Operational Service Models provide details of how we are redefining mental health services in southern Tasmania into two Care Streams,  the Acute Care Stream and the Continuing Care Stream.

As an overview, the Acute Care Stream will:

  • support individuals experiencing moderate to severe mental health symptoms or suicidal distress who have not had any prior or recent  contact with mental health services,
  • or support individuals who are likely to be in need of this intensity of service for short periods of time who are assessed as not suitable for treatment in the Continuing Care Stream.

Complementary to the Acute Care Stream, the Continuing Care Stream will:

  • predominantly support people who require less intense and more long
    term support
  • provide specialist long-term treatment and engage in shared care arrangements
  • escalate care when required, facilitating access to appropriate care and support.

Two new specialist services for people with complex needs will sit across both  the Acute Care Stream and Continuing Care Stream.

The Compass Service will be aimed at providing services for people living with Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (CPTSD) and Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). It is designed to deliver a range of specialist consultative, therapeutic and capacity building services, across a variety of health care settings.

The Tasmanian Mental Health and Intellectual Disability Service will provide a specialist short term assessment and advisory service that aims to improve the clinical outcomes for people with intellectual disability and mental illness.

The Operational Service Models are available on the Mental Health Reform Program website at: Operational Service Models

To stay updated on the latest updates on the Tasmanian Mental Health Reform Program go to the Latest News page.

For any queries contact the Team via email: tas.mhreform@ths.tas.gov.au