eMental health refers to the use of the web and other communication technologies to provide mental health services and support, such as online support groups, podcasts and apps.
The eMHPrac – e-mental health in practice – project is an Australian Government initiative that aims to raise practitioner awareness and knowledge of digital mental health by providing training and support.
Head to Health also provides comprehensive information and collated resources for health professionals and consumers alike.
National Suicide Prevention Trial
Tasmania is one of 12 sites around the country taking part in the Australian Government-funded trial, which aims to test how a more coordinated approach can help local communities reduce the rate of suicide attempts and deaths by suicide.
Psychological treatment services for people in residential aged care facilities
This program is about supporting people who are living in residential aged care facilities (RACFs) and are diagnosed with, or at risk of developing, a mild to moderate mental illness.
It aims to improve their ability to access mental health services in the community and will involve collaborating with the facilities themselves to provide evidenced-based, timely psychological therapies.
Mental health professionals such as psychologists, social workers and mental health nurses will deliver psychological care to residents, who will generally require a referral beforehand.
It’s all part of Primary Health Tasmania’s work commissioning psychological support services designed for people living in residential aged care, intended to complement the personal care, accommodation, physical and social support they receive from their facility.
Alongside our mental health commissioning activity, Primary Health Tasmania is working with the Tasmanian Department of Health, the Tasmanian Health Service, the Mental Health Council of Tasmania and consumers and carers to develop a stepped care model for mental health in Tasmania.
People often move across a continuum of care – their illness may become more or less severe at different times, which means they’ll need a different level of support at different times. The provision of services within a stepped care model will enable people to move within the system, depending on their level of need, in a coordinated and seamless manner.
The stepped care model will underpin a new statewide mental health and suicide prevention plan, aiming to deliver joined-up mental health services that meet local needs. This is central to the Australian Government’s mental health reform.