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Tasmanian Election 2021
Ahead of the Tasmanian State Election on Saturday 1 May, we’ve consolidated the commitments announced by the major parties that relate to our election campaign, ‘A Tasmanian State of Mind’, into the table below. You can read more about our election campaign, here.
|‘A Tasmanian State of Mind’||Labor||Liberal||Greens|
|1. DELIVERING MENTAL WELLBEING EDUCATION
A mental health education program and mental health literacy campaign, focused on prevention and early intervention, to build individual and community capacity to manage and improve mental health and wellbeing.
|$1 million a year for Suicide Prevention Commissioner||Expansion of MHCT’s Checkin campaign and website to include a mental health education approach.||$3 million a year towards a grants program for community-based preventative health initiatives.|
|2. BUILDING OUR COMMUNITY CAPACITY
A strong mental health system is community led, place based and leverages the existing connections within communities.
It builds on and supports Tasmanian’s local experience and expertise, leaders, local government and volunteers, businesses, clubs and community groups.
|30 new mental health social workers in Community Health Centre.||$2.25 million over two years to boost community mental health services to meet increasing demand||$3 million a year towards a grants program for community-based preventative health initiatives.
|3. ACCESS TO CENTRALISED, SEAMLESS REFERRALS & NAVIGATION
A centralised phone service that provides advice and information to support the mental wellbeing of Tasmanians along with a central, seamless assessment and referral process.
| *At the time of publication MHCT is unaware of any Greens or Labor announcements specific to ‘centralised, seamless referrals and navigation’
|Increase the capacity of a ‘Tasmanian Lifeline’ to deliver a mental health phone service.|| *At the time of publication MHCT is unaware of any Greens or Labor announcements specific to ‘centralised, seamless referrals and navigation’
|4. DEVELOPING A NATION LEADING MENTAL HEALTH WORKFORCE.
As this issue cannot be solved by increased service funding alone MHCT recommends:
Developing and resourcing an overarching cross-sectoral mental health workforce strategy and implementing the Peer Workforce Development Strategy and expand it to include a Youth Peer Worker Model.
|$40 million to put mental health workers in every public primary and high school across the state.||$1.9 million over three years to deliver a Peer Workforce Coordinator and the Youth Peer Worker Model as part of the Peer Workforce Development Strategy.
$40 million for stage one of a new mental health precinct adjacent to the North West Regional Hospital. Along with commitment to stage 2 which intends to include the co-location of community services to provide integrated care.
|Fund an extra 50 allied health professionals and social workers in areas of critical need in community health centres across Tasmania.
- These ratings are based on our election campaign, ‘A Tasmanian State of Mind’. While MHCT has made every effort to cover all promises made by all three major political parties regarding mental health, this may not reflect their complete election campaign or promises, and is current as of Thursday April 29, 2021 at 12 noon.
- Independent candidates are not included because there is not a party affiliation. Their policy statements can be found at their respective websites.
- Any promises that cover both community capacity and prevention for example, may appear twice as they are included in each relevant section.
- Ratings may be affected by the absence of a strategy to support an announcement.
- Increased service provision or building/infrastructure has been added to Point 4, as potentially supporting an overarching cross-sectoral mental health workforce strategy.