Tasmanian Mental Health Reform Program Communique Issue 5

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Reform Program in Action

Several Working Groups are informing the key actions of the Tasmanian Mental Health Reform Program. The working groups commenced with a combined meeting and are now holding separate sessions to work on key components of the overarching system model for mental health care.

Hospital Avoidance  Program

The HAP working group is focusing on developing an integrated approach across all stakeholder sectors to provide a seamless and targeted pathway for anyone entering the mental health system. This includes the development of Integrated Hub’s, acute community beds, short stay units, an acute care stream dedicated to crisis intervention and other systems and service that will allow people in distress to receive assistance in multiple locations as well as the current inpatient services.

Two sessions have been held to date. The first dealt with the reform agenda and the gaps in the current mental health service. The second focused on interstate models and how we might adapt them in conjunction with current Tasmanian best practice.

A key outcome is that the group will investigate both a continuing care stream in parallel with the acute care stream, with an additional three sessions being scheduled to fully explore both streams.

Integration Hubs

This working group’s primary role is to develop a Service Operations Model for mental health hubs around the state.  The aim will be to design a model that can be adapted to any mental health hub that is created a part of this reform including the Peacock Centre and St Johns Park facilities.

To date two sessions have been held and we have been able to:

  • Solidify the role that the Integration Hub working group is playing in this reform process.
  • Explore a number of scenarios, services and concepts that may exist at the hubs
  • Learn about the Recovery College concept and how it will apply to the Integration Hubs.
  • The group is currently going through the process of determining which service domains need to be represented at Integration Hubs throughout the state.

What is a Recovery College?

Check out Centre for Mental Health briefing paper Implementing Recovery through Organisational Change


How you can get involved

The Tasmanian Mental Health Reform Program welcomes your involvement and there are a few ways that people are getting involved to provide their experience, knowledge and passion.

These include the Program Reference Group, Working Groups, attending Information sessions, talking to your Clinical leaders, and contacting the Tasmanian Mental Health Reform Program

You can also ask others, who are involved, about what is happening.

For any queries please email the team at tas.mhreform@ths.tas.gov.au

Connecting the consumer voice

During January Renate Hughes shared the work of the TMHRP with a range of mental health consumers, health and community groups and individuals. The discussions saw a strong positive consumer voice for new pathways to community-based mental health services. This included both acute care and continuing care that can meet the needs of consumers and community in southern Tasmania.

Consumer feedback included that core services needed to be within the community and be accessible, available out of hours and have clear points of contact and entry to care. There was a great deal of excitement about the capital developments at St Johns Park and the Peacock Centre leading this change of service model. Comments included that “the system must be co-designed with consumers”.

Consumers were vocal in their support for an enhanced peer workforce in the design and delivery of an integrated mental health system. Consumers saw a peer workforce as expanding support, advocacy, networking, mentoring, life skills development and resilience beyond current clinical services and roles.

Read the full report from Renate Hughes linked to Latest News.

Our Team

We are very pleased to introduce Angela Hay, who is a member of the Integrated Suicide Response Working Group and works in Mental Health Services.

Angela Hay

The Mental Health Reform is important to me as I believe it has a strong biopsychosocial foundation which is essential for contemporary health care provision for all Tasmanians.

As a mental health nurse and acting Nurse Unit Manager I am pleased to have an opportunity to be a part of this change process.

Despite the fact we have a lot to do in order to achieve better mental health care for all Tasmanians I believe there are exciting opportunities ahead.