Between March 2018 and March 2019, the Taskforce considered how mental health care should best be delivered to people in Southern Tasmania. The process involved consideration of a range of national and international reforms, initiatives and evaluations, key strategic planning processes and, importantly, the wisdom of those who have lived experience within the mental health system in Southern Tasmania, their family and carers.
These deliberations led the Taskforce to consider integration in vertical and horizontal dimensions, reflective of the complex interactions that occur within any mental health system and within other human service delivery systems and representing a useful framework for how best to reform the service system.
A Mental Health Hospital Avoidance Program is amongst key reforms announced in response to the recommendations of the Taskforce. This will complement the Government’s investment in St John’s Park and the redevelopment of the Peacock Centre to establish co-located hubs to improve the integration of mental health supports and services.
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