Older Persons Mental Health Services

Older Persons Mental Health Services brochure

Statewide Mental Health Services provide a free and confidential mental health service to assist older people with a serious mental illness and psychiatric symptoms.

These services are delivered through the Older Persons Mental Health Service (OPMHS). Care within the community is emphasised, with limited services being centre based. Care is provided in partnership with clients, their family and carers.

How to access our service

If you believe that you or someone you know needs help, a referral to the Mental Health Services Helpline can be made by your doctor or another health professional.

You can also phone the Mental Health Services Helpline for advice. Phone freecall within Tasmania on 1800 332 388

This is a confidential phone service available 24 hours, 7 days a week staffed by Mental Health clinicians. Please note the Helpline will determine eligibility for services and prioritise referrals.

Services we provide

Our services consist of:

  • community teams based in each region of Tasmania
  • inpatient service for assessment and treatment, the Roy Fagan Centre
  • day centre program located in southern Tasmania, the Roy Fagan Day Centre

The Dementia Behaviour Management Advisory Service (previously provided via Tasmanian Government, now Dementia Support Australia) call 1800 699 799

A key part of the care we provide is case management which includes:

  • Information, support and counselling for individuals and families.
  • Assessment of mental health problems.
  • Treatment advice and support in community and inpatient settings.
  • Home visits as appropriate or required.
  • Liaison and referrals with other healthcare professionals and service providers.
  • Community education and health promotion.

Our Team includes

  • Nurses
  • Allied Health Professionals
  • Medical Officers
  • Psychiatrists
  • Support staff.

Service contact details

Older Persons Mental Health Community teams

North 03 6777 4985
North West 03 6477 7737
South 03 6166 6783

To contact the Roy Fagan Centre in Lenah Valley (Hobart):

  • Main reception phone 03 6166 6370
  • Day Centre phone 03 6166 6353

We value your feedback

If you have a suggestion, compliment or complaint about our services please talk to a member of your treating team or Nurse in charge. For more details see our guide to providing feedback, you can also fill in a feedback form.

Useful contacts

Mental Health Services Helpline (24 hr)1800 332 388
Advocacy Tasmania Inc.1800 005 131
Alcohol Drug Information Service [ADIS]1800 250 015
Dementia Behaviour Management Advisory Service1800 699 799
Family Violence Counselling and Support1800 608 122
Guardianship and Administration Board1300 799 625
Lifeline (crisis counselling 24 hr)13 11 14
Lifelink Samaritans (counselling)1300 364 566
Mental Health Families & Friends Tasmania03 6228 7448
My Aged Care (including carer respite)1800 200 422
National Dementia Helpline1800 100 500
Official Visitors Program1800 001 170
Relationships Australia (Tasmania)1300 364 277