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.
Many young Tasmanians who have a mental illness or mental health condition also experience alcohol and other drug issues.
Primary Health Tasmania has received Australian Government funding to support young people in north and north west Tasmania who experience both mental illness or a mental health condition and alcohol and other drug issues.
We will use the funding to make dedicated workers available to clients of existing mental health services who also experience alcohol and other drug issues.
We are working with the Tasmanian Health Service to put this new model in place early in 2020.
This new initiative aims to improve health outcomes for this group of young people and keep them out of hospital.
It will also aim to improve integration between mental health and alcohol and other drug treatment services, and between state and federally funded services.
Mental health service planning and delivery
Consumers and carers are often unable to access the mental health supports they need when they need them. This has prompted Tasmania’s key mental health organisations to come together to coordinate the planning and delivery of an integrated and sustainable mental health system for all Tasmanian communities.
Primary Health Tasmania is taking part in this work to develop a new approach to mental health service planning and delivery, which will involve mapping the mental health services already available on the ground across all regions of Tasmania against national benchmarks.