Community

Bushfire emergency support

A bushfire emergency can pose a number of health-related risks, such as the impacts of breathing in bushfire smoke, and the effect on an individual’s mental health. Primary Health Tasmania has collated an overview of services and advice available from our commissioned providers, the Tasmanian Department of Health, and the Australian Government, to make it…

Mental heath training boost for Tasmania’s residential aged care facility staff

A new statewide training drive will help people working in Tasmanian aged care facilities identify and support residents at risk of declining mental health. Primary Health Tasmania (Tasmania PHN) announced today it had selected national not-for-profit organisation STEPS Group to deliver more than 70 training sessions to residential aged care facility staff across the state,…

New mental health care program for aged care residents

A mental health program commissioned by Primary Health Tasmania will explore a new model of care designed to improve access to psychological treatment services for people living in aged care facilities. It’s hoped the program will help reduce the impact of mental illness on older Australians living in residential care, who are up to five…

Tasmania Statement a healthy step forward

Primary Health Tasmania enthusiastically welcomes the Tasmania Statement as bold step forward in improving the health and wellbeing of all Tasmanians. The Statement was signed on 14 August by the Premier, the Minister for Mental Health and Wellbeing, and the Chair of the Premier’s Health and Wellbeing Advisory Council. Primary Health Tasmania CEO Phil Edmondson…

Upcoming forum to explore multicultural perspectives on mental health and suicide

Primary Health Tasmania is supporting an upcoming forum in Launceston that will share information about best practice when working with members of Tasmania’s newly arrived community members from refugee and humanitarian entrant backgrounds. Coming up on 6 September, the Exploring attitudes and stigma: Multicultural perspectives on mental health and suicide forum will explore attitudes and…

Do you want to learn more about suicide and mental illness in older age?

People over 65 years of age are more likely to self-harm with suicidal intent than younger people and men over 80 years of age are nine times more likely to take their own lives, than women. Primary Health Tasmania is thrilled to be hosting a series of forums – both for the community, and for…