As part of the National Initial Assessment and Referral (IAR) for Mental Healthcare initiative, the Department of Health has been progressing work to develop additional IAR guidance and a Decision Support Tool (DST) for children (aged 5-11) and adolescents (aged 12-17).

The attached new draft IAR guidance has been released for a national consultation from 17 November to 14 December 2021.

The consultation findings will inform the finalisation of the IAR Guidance and DST for children and adolescents, which is scheduled for release and implementation from March 2022.

This is a great opportunity to provide your valuable input into the development and implementation of the child and adolescent IAR-DST. Primary Health Tasmania is encouraging Mental Health Families & Friends Tasmania and its members to participate in this consultation by responding to this consultation survey – click here to respond.

PHT’s IAR project staff are offering two 30-minute virtual consultation briefing sessions on the below dates to provide a summary of approach to and outcomes of the child and adolescent IAR development.

Thursday, 2 December 2021 from 12pm – 12.30pm: Click here to join

Monday, 6 December 2021 from 11am-11.30 am: Click here to join

If you are unable to attend the briefing sessions, please consider the information provided in the links below to respond to the survey questions.

Summary of Approach To and Outcomes From IAR Adaptions

Consultation Draft – Adolescent Lift Out

Consultation Draft – Child Lift Out

We thank you for your interest and look forward to hearing your views.

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