Regional Mental Health Groups
The Regional Mental Health Groups (RMHGs) have been operating since 2006, as a way of networking, facilitating information sharing, improving services for consumers, their families and carers, and working collaboratively to progress policy issues.
The Mental Health Services Stocktake identified during 2008 the need to develop a strategic interface with the community sector in order to collaboratively progress a range of issues that might improve pathways for consumers. The Community Sector Organisations/Statewide and Mental Health Services (CSO/SMHS) Interface Group is the forum to do this.
The RMHGs agenda while maintaining a focus of networking and information sharing will also be driven by and have input into the (CSO/SMHS) Interface Group strategic directions.
The RMHGs provide an interface between the regions and the CSO/SMHS Interface Group. This will ensure that key local issues and initiatives are feed into the strategic level interface, enabling a more representative approach of not only consumer, carer and service provision organisations issues, but also those specific to each of the regions.
Role and Function
The group will function:
- To be a formal mechanism for members to identify and progress, as applicable, key shared issues and initiatives which impact on the delivery of mental health services in their region.
- To collaborate on ways to combine ongoing training and education.
- To be a means for the community mental health sector to input into service planning and priority setting within Statewide & Mental Health Services.
- To facilitate discussion and sharing of information.
- To provide opportunities for the community mental health sector to make recommendations to Statewide & Mental Health Services on program development.
- To be a mechanism to enable the better coordination and integration of services.
- To establish working groups as required.
The MHCT is very happy with the way the meetings are progressing and would like to know if you have any feedback for us:
- Are you happy with the format of the meetings?
- Are there any changes you would like to see?
- Are there particular topics or themes you would like to be covered at future meetings?
The focus of the February meetings has been on supported housing and an introduction to and discussion of the MHCT research project on isolation, scheduled to begin in July 2013.
Once again, I would like to emphasise that state-wide representation does not start and end with face-to-face meetings, and it is important that lines of communication are kept open. Please contact me with any issues you would like to flag or believe the MHCT should follow up, and any notices you would like us to include in our monthly e-newsletters.
Dates for the next Regional Mental Health group meetings are as follows:
Thursday 9 May 2013
Level 5 / 114-116 Bathurst St
9.30am – 11.30am
Wednesday 22 May 2013
111 Elizabeth St, Launceston
1.30pm – 3.30pm
Thursday 23 May 2013
Anglicare 31 King St, Devonport
10am – 12pm
Remaining meeting dates for 2013........................
Thursday 8 August
Thursday 7 November
Wednesday 21 August
Wednesday 13 November
Thursday 22 August
Thursday 14 November
For more information or to express your interest in participating in the Regional Mental Health Groups please contact
MHCT Policy & Research Officer
Mental Health in Touch
MH (Mental Health) In-Touch is a network that meets periodically to discuss how to best assist people living with a mental illness to access education, training or employment.
MH In-Touch aims to link mental health service providers with education and training providers and employment agencies.
It provides a chance to share what is happening, hear about new initiatives and meet others.
MHCT Response to the Tasmanian Government Framework for Community Engagement
MHCT Response to the revised pregnancy termination laws proposed for Tasmania
Hobart City Council Draft Housing Strategy 2012-2018 and Action Plan 2012-2018
Statement 2013 / 2014
The Greens’ Improving Mental Health Services in Country Australia discussion paper
PSA Mental Health Care Project
Mental Health Care Project
National Carer Strategy Implementation
National Recovery-Oriented Mental Health Practice Framework 2nd Consultation Draft
Tasmanian Community Services Sector Industry Skills Plan Consultation
National Recovery Framework
Ten Year Road Map for National Mental Health Reform
Statement 2012 / 2013 - MHCT
to the consultation on the Draft Clinical Consent Policy
Health Bill 2011
Tasmanian Homelessness Charter August 2011
for Children and Young People
Charter of Human Rights
Commission Enquiry into Diability Care & Support
Select Committee on Gambling Reform
Locals 2010 Governance & Functions
Statement 2011 / 2012 MHCT
Services & Health Skills Council Environmental Scan 2011
Response - Referral
to community sector mental health services discussion paper
Mental Health Consumer and Carer Forum (NMHCCF)
Tasmanian Government's 2010-11 State Budget
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