Media releases

New headspace satellite service opens in Burnie

Young Tasmanians living in the Burnie region now have greater access to mental health support with the opening of a brand new headspace satellite service in their local community. The new headspace Burnie satellite service will offer mental health, alcohol and other drug, and education and vocational support, and mean young people aged between 12-25…

A new, shared approach to Tasmania’s mental health plan

Key players in Tasmania’s health system have come together to evolve and strengthen the state’s mental health plan, taking stock of key achievements and highlighting new areas of focus for the years ahead. Rethink 2020 is a collaboration between Primary Health Tasmania, the Tasmanian Department of Health, and the Tasmanian Health Service, and represents a…

Strengthened headspace Devonport service a step towards better youth mental health outcomes

The recent opening of a full headspace centre in Devonport is a significant step towards securing better mental health outcomes for young people in Tasmania’s north west. That’s according to Rebecca Wells, an Ulverstone local, and one of the young north west headspace volunteers who helped shape the new-and-improved site. Doors opened at the new…

Latest issue of Primary Health Matters out now!

The latest edition of Primary Health Tasmania’s twice-yearly magazine, Primary Health Matters, is out now! This edition explores the COVID-19 response, from talking to health workers on the testing frontline and those making personal protective equipment, to hearing from Primary Health Tasmania’s commissioned providers about the experience of providing care during a pandemic. At the…

New digital age for Tasmanian referrals to streamline healthcare communication

Blurry scans, time-draining phone calls, and valuable patient information lost to ‘fax heaven’ – they’re just some of the pitfalls being avoided thanks to a new electronic referral trial project that’s gaining traction in Tasmania.  Primary Health Tasmania – Tasmania’s PHN – is leading the collaboration with the Tasmanian Department of Health and Tasmanian Health Service, which aims to build an eReferral system for…

Around 100 Tasmanian pharmacists to be offered advanced suicide prevention training

Around 100 pharmacists from the approximately 160 community pharmacies registered within Tasmania will be offered the chance to strengthen their suicide prevention skills as part of a new partnership between Primary Health Tasmania and the Black Dog Institute. The training project is supported by The Pharmaceutical Society Australia, the Pharmacy Guild of Australia and Curtin…