Mental health

Mental health conditions affect around 45% of Australians at some point in their lives. They affect individuals, their families, and the wider community.

Social issues associated with mental health conditions include poverty, unemployment, homelessness, social isolation, discrimination and stigma.

Tasmania has the second highest overall rate of suicide in Australia, and the highest rate of suicide for young people.

The Australian Government has identified mental health as a priority area for primary health networks (PHNs), including Primary Health Tasmania, to address.

As commissioners of primary health services, we work with consumers, carers and service providers to understand what’s needed and design, commission and monitor services to meet those needs.

We are commissioning organisations across Tasmania to deliver a full range of mental health services for:

  • people with mild mental illness (click here for more information, including a list of our commissioned service providers)
  • people with mild to moderate mental illness (click here for more information, including a list of our commissioned service providers)
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples with mental illness (click here for more information, including to see the list of our contracted services providers) 
  • young people with severe and complex mental illness (click here for more information, including a list of our commissioned service providers)
  • adults with severe and complex mental illness  (click here for more information)
  • suicide prevention.

PHNs now manage local headspace (youth mental health services) contracts which were previously managed directly by the Australian Government Department of Health.

Primary Health Tasmania is also leading the Tasmania component of a national suicide prevention trial. More information is available here. 

Crisis services

Primary Health Tasmania’s mental health services are not crisis services. See below for more information.

Better Access

Note that the Better Access to Psychiatrists, Psychologists and General Practitioners through Medicare (Better Access) initiative is separate to the services commissioned by Primary Health Tasmania. PHNs do not commission services that attract Medicare rebates.

GPs can still refer their patients directly to psychiatrists, clinical psychologists, registered psychologists and other providers eligible to deliver Medicare rebateable services.

More information about Better Access is available on the Department of Health website or by calling Medicare on 132 150.  

More information

For more information about Primary Health Tasmania’s mental health activities, call us on 1300 653 169 or via email

Primary Health Tasmania does not offer health services, crisis, or emergency support.

  • Your regular general practitioner/doctors surgery should always be your first point of call if you need medical or mental health care
  • In an emergency, call Triple 0 (000) for Ambulance, Fire or Police
  • For health advice on health services open at night, public holidays and weekends, go to: www.tasaftershours.com or call GP Assist on 1800 022 222

 

The following helplines are also available for urgent assistance:

  • Mental Health Services Helpline (DHHS) 1800 332 388
  • Lifeline Crisis Help 13 11 14
  • Kids Helpline 1800 55 1800
  • Drug and Alcohol Counselling (DHHS - Afterhours) 1800 811 994
  • Poison Information Centre 13 11 26

 

Mental health conditions affect around 45% of Australians at some point in their lives. They affect individuals, their families, and the wider community.

Social issues associated with mental health conditions include poverty, unemployment, homelessness, social isolation, discrimination and stigma.

Tasmania has the second highest overall rate of suicide in Australia, and the highest rate of suicide for young people.

The Australian Government has identified mental health as a priority area for primary health networks (PHNs), including Primary Health Tasmania, to address.

As commissioners of primary health services, we work with consumers, carers and service providers to understand what’s needed and design, commission and monitor services to meet those needs.

We are commissioning organisations across Tasmania to deliver a full range of mental health services for:

  • people with mild mental illness (click here for more information, including a list of our commissioned service providers)
  • people with mild to moderate mental illness (click here for more information, including a list of our commissioned service providers)
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples with mental illness (click here for more information, including to see the list of our contracted services providers) 
  • young people with severe and complex mental illness (click here for more information, including a list of our commissioned service providers)
  • adults with severe and complex mental illness (click here for more information)
  • suicide prevention.

PHNs now manage local headspace (youth mental health services) contracts which were previously managed directly by the Australian Government Department of Health.

Primary Health Tasmania is also leading the Tasmania component of a national suicide prevention trial. More information is available here. 

Better Access

Note that the Better Access to Psychiatrists, Psychologists and General Practitioners through Medicare (Better Access) initiative is separate to the services commissioned by Primary Health Tasmania. PHNs do not commission services that attract Medicare rebates.

GPs can still refer their patients directly to psychiatrists, clinical psychologists, registered psychologists and other providers eligible to deliver Medicare rebateable services.

More information about Better Access is available on the Department of Health website or by calling Medicare on 132 150.  

Crisis services

Primary Health Tasmania’s mental health services are not crisis services. See below for more information.

For more information about Primary Health Tasmania’s mental health activities, call us on 1300 653 169 or via email

Primary Health Tasmania does not offer health services, crisis, or emergency support.

  • Your regular general practitioner/doctors surgery should always be your first point of call if you need medical or mental health care
  • In an emergency, call Triple 0 (000) for Ambulance, Fire or Police
  • For health advice on health services open at night, public holidays and weekends, go to: www.tasaftershours.com or call GP Assist on 1800 022 222

 

The following helplines are also available for urgent assistance:

  • Mental Health Services Helpline (DHHS) 1800 332 388
  • Lifeline Crisis Help 13 11 14
  • Kids Helpline 1800 55 1800
  • Drug and Alcohol Counselling (DHHS - Afterhours) 1800 811 994
  • Poison Information Centre 13 11 26

 

Services for people with mild to moderate mental illness

Primary Health Tasmania has contracted a number of providers to deliver free psychological therapy for people with mild to moderate mental health issues.

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