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Delivering a Mental Health Peer Workforce Strategy

Michael Ferguson, Minister for Health

Delivering a Mental Health Peer Workforce Strategy

The Hodgman Liberal Government is partnering with the Mental Health Council of Tasmania to deliver the state’s first ever comprehensive Peer Workforce Strategy.

The funding agreement for this important work has now been finalised and will provide $120,000 over two years to the Mental Health Council of Tasmania, which will work closely with Government.

Peer workers are people within services who have their own lived experiences with mental ill-health, and there is strong evidence that these workers help to improve mental health services and the care they provide.  

This is because peer workers have unique insights into the perspectives of mental health consumers, and help to increase collaboration and integration among mental health services.

This means peer workers play a crucial role in mental health services all over Australia, and internationally, and bolstering their presence in Tasmanian services is a key action under the Rethink Mental Health Plan.

The Government thanks the Mental Health Council of Tasmania for its strong advocacy for a more integrated mental health system, and its continued representation on behalf of community mental health services.

This week, the Mental Health Council of Tasmania has been working hard to deliver the best Mental Health Week yet, with 2018 continuing to provide opportunities for Tasmanians to think about how we can look after our own mental health, and that of those around us.

It is now halfway through Mental Health week, and there are still many events and activities that Tasmanians can take part in to boost their awareness and understanding of mental health.

The Government doubled support for the Mental Health Week Grants program this year, meaning more than 60 events have been able to be held right around the state.

The Hodgman Liberal Government has a strong commitment to building a better mental health system through our $95 million plan, so we can provide the right support, in the right place, at the right time.