In January 2020, the Australian Government announced a total of $76 million over two years to ensure Australians have access to the mental health support they need to recover from the effects of the 2019-20 bushfires.
While much of the funded activity is directed at the most-affected bushfire areas interstate, Primary Health Tasmania is receiving a small amount of additional funding to support a temporary increase in services where current providers report higher demand.
We will monitor the need for mental health services in local communities and work with our commissioned mental health service providers to increase service capacity as required.
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.
Primary Health Tasmania, along with the Tasmanian Department of Health and the Tasmanian Health Service, has partnered with the Mental Health Council of Tasmania, the National Disability Insurance Agency, Flourish and Mental Health Carers Tasmania to develop a new approach to mental health service planning and delivery.
Among other things, this process will involve mapping the mental health services already available on the ground across all regions of Tasmania against national benchmarks, to help identify opportunities for local service improvement.