Program Actions

Our Roadmap for Implementing the Taskforce Recommendations

The Mental Health Reform Program is tasked with implementing the recommendations from the Mental Health Integration Taskforce as endorsed by the Tasmanian Government.

The Taskforce made 21 recommendations, and all were endorsed by the Tasmanian Government.

To assist in understanding how the recommendations fit together to deliver the reform program actions refer to the TMHRP 21 Recommendations Diagram. The diagram outlines tasks that relate to the vertical integration and horizontal integration of service delivery and the process of implementation.

Program Actions

The recommendations are being implemented through the following key actions:

  1. Establish a Mental Health Hospital Avoidance Program.

    The core function of the Hospital Avoidance Program is to divert people from admissions to the RHH (Emergency Department and Mental Health Inpatient Unit) and Mistral Place and to reduce bed blocks within these services. The Hospital Avoidance Program will focus on assisting people with complex needs, but who are not in an acute state requiring admission.

  2. Establish Integration Hubs at St Johns Park, New Town and Peacock Centre, North Hobart.

    Integration hubs will provide opportunities for integration and co-location various services that all play an important role in linking people into appropriate supports with the goal of building individual capacity, and avoiding escalation of mental illness or the likelihood of relapse.
    The combination of the Hospital Avoidance Program and the integration hubs will deliver clinical and non-clinical services, working in partnership in a community setting to provide holistic mental health service interventions.

  3. Establish a specialised Suicide Response Service

    Alongside the Hospital Avoidance Program, it is proposed to develop an integrated suicide response that connects existing after care support functions with a community-based crisis response.

  4. Review the Model of Care for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services.

    An external consultant has been commissioned to review the model of care for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services. The review has a specific focus on developing a model of care that is integrated across inpatient and community settings and reflective of the specific needs of adolescents.

  5. Develop dedicated Statewide Services for people with Complex needs
  6. Two specialist services will address service gaps for people living with complex needs, their family and friends. These services are Mental Health and Intellectual Disability Service and Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder/Bipolar Personality Disorder (cPTSD/BPD) Specialist Service. Both services are planned to be statewide, have a small team of dedicated staff and provide contemporary, evidence-based specialist mental health care.

Action 6. Continue the key reforms of the Alcohol and Drug Sector and the Transition to the NDIS, and

Action 7. Use the National Mental Health Strategic Planning Framework to inform regional planning.

These two actions of the reform program are being led by the Mental Health and Alcohol and Drug Directorate.
In addition, the capital works projects for the Peacock Centre Redevelopment and St Johns Park facility are also being coordinated by the Directorate.

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