Jeremy Rockliff, Minister for Mental Health and Wellbeing
There are factual inaccuracies in Mr Goddard’s recent report on mental health services.
I worry that bed calculations are based on the false claim that beds at the Peacock Center were lost when it burned down.
In fact, the Peacock Center provided mental health support to the community, it was not an inpatient facility, which means Mr. Goddard used incorrect numbers to aid his calculations.
The Tasmanian Liberal Government has a $ 216 million plan to continue our transformation of the mental health, alcohol and drug treatment systems in Tasmania, and to improve the health and wellbeing of Tasmanians.
This is the biggest mental health boost yet.
We take a best practice approach to building a contemporary, integrated model of mental health care so that people can receive holistic support in the right place and at the right time.
We are already offering new services such as the 12 Bed Mental Health Home Service Hospital in the South and the Short Mental Health Department at Royal Hobart Hospital, and we are building 27 new beds for short term recovery at the Peacock Center and in St. John’s Park.
It is vital that mental health care is delivered in a holistic manner, with preventive, community and, of course, acute care. So we’re investing $ 26 million in new funds announced during the election to implement a number of key mental health initiatives. including:
- A mental hospital in Heimpiloten to the northwest;
- Get started with the launch of Rethink 2020, Tasmania’s new overarching mental health plan
- Mental Health Emergency Team pilot in the South;
- A Peer Workforce Coordinator and a Youth Peer Worker Model;
- Improving community mental health services to meet growing demand, including Rural Alive & Well (RAW), Baptcare, and the Butterfly Foundation;
- Continuing and expanding innovative new services launched during the pandemic, including A Tasmanian Lifeline, Check In, RAW contact to rural and remote areas, and regional coordinators and community activists to take mental health initiatives in local communities ;
- A framework to support the introduction of therapeutic agriculture as a hospital avoidance initiative;
- A new mental health district to be established by 2027 as part of the Launceston General Hospital redevelopment;
- The first phase of a new mental health district to be completed adjacent to the North West Regional Hospital in 2025 to replace the aging Spencer Clinic; and
- Local mental health specialist in the Circular Head region providing psychological counseling and public relations as well as suicide awareness and prevention with a focus on young people.
The Tasmanian Liberal Government is determined to continue implementing our clear plan to transform and improve the mental health system in Tasmania.
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