4. State Context

Mental health policy, planning and service delivery in Tasmania has been shaped and aligned to be consistent with the national context as outlined above and relevant state policy and planning frameworks including but not limited to Tasmania’s Mental Health Promotion, Prevention and Early Intervention Framework, Building the Foundations for Mental Health and Wellbeing (2009), Tasmania’s Suicide Prevention Strategy 2009-2014, the Mental Health Act 2013 and international instruments such as the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

The establishment of Tasmanian Health Organisations (THOs) also heralded a new framework for the delivery of public health care in Tasmania, including mental health care, with the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) becoming a purchaser of services and the THOs the providers.  This has formed the basis upon which mental health services have been delivered for the 2014-15 year. This will change with the establishment of one Tasmanian Health Service from 1 July 2015 as part of the One State, One Health System, Better Outcomes reform package addressing the provision of health services in Tasmania announced by the Tasmanian Government in July 2014.