Tasmania’s Mental Health Act to be fine tuned

Jeremy Rockliff,Minister for Mental Health and Wellbeing

The Tasmanian Government has today publicly released the review of the State’s Mental Health Act 2013, which commenced operation in February 2014.

Last year, Tasmania’s Chief Psychiatrist Dr Aaron Groves reviewed the Act’s operation in consultation with a wide range of Tasmanian stakeholders, with assistance from the Departments of Health and Justice.

A nine week public consultation period late last year received 33 written submissions.

The review of the Act and associated Outcomes Report tabled in Parliament today shows that more can be done to ensure some aspects of the Act are able to operate more effectively.

The Government’s response to each of the 29 review outcomes acknowledges this feedback, and commits to a series of education and training, legislative, documentation and processes and resource related responses to address the issues raised.

These responses will be delivered from within existing resources and through future budget submissions.

The Government is focused on delivering our $104 million mental health plan which provides more integrated services and support for Tasmanians living with mental illness and their loved ones.

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