The Rethink Mental Health Project is a key part of the government’s long-term plan for mental health.

The Mental Health Council of Tasmania is a key partner in the Rethink Project, working with the Mental Health, Alcohol and Drug Directorate.

This is a commitment to develop an integrated Tasmanian mental health system that provides support in the right place, at the right time and with clear signposts about where and how to get help.

The focus is on achieving better outcomes for consumers, their families and carers from existing mental health expenditure and directing resources onto frontline services and support.

The Rethink Mental Health Project will deliver a long-term plan (the Plan) for mental health in Tasmania that guides investment into the next decade, establishes priorities and identifies strategies to enable changes to be realised. The Plan will be released in October 2015.

Stakeholder feedback will help inform the development of the Plan. A significant consultation process seeking views from consumers, their families and carers, clinicians, service providers and other key stakeholders, spanning nearly six months has been completed.

This report provides a summary of the information provided by stakeholders during the consultation process and highlights key themes. The purpose of this report is not to test the accuracy of the information but to present the views, opinions and perceptions of these important stakeholders.

Feedback from consumers and carers and the key organisations that work to ensure their voices are heard (Flourish – Mental Health Action in Our Hands, Mental Health Carers Tasmania, Carers Tasmania and the Mental Health Council of Tasmania), and the people that provide services including clinicians of public mental health services, GPs, primary health providers, private practitioners/providers, and community sector organisations is included.

This report will help to inform the development of the long-term plan for mental health in Tasmania. Along with the literature review and summary report of relevant local, national and international mental health policy and related research completed in September 2014 (available at, and relevant data and planning frameworks.

Development of the Plan will also consider state and national initiatives including (but not limited to):

  • establishment of Primary Health Networks
  • the National Review of Mental Health Programmes and Services – Contributing lives, thriving communities - by the National Mental Health Commission
  • the One State, One Health System, Better Outcomes reform of health service delivery and creation of a single Tasmanian Health Service
  • the Government’s election commitments to deliver targeted and proactive suicide prevention strategies and to develop a Joined Up Human Service System
  • the Caring Voices Project (Mental Health Carers Tasmania in partnership with COTA Tasmania, Carers Tasmania and Tasmania Medical Local)
  • UTAS Health Services Innovation - Tasmanian clinical re-design project