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ACE IT – Active Consumer Engagement Implementation Tool

Do you want to involve consumers in your organisation? Are you wondering if you are doing it as well as you could be? We have developed ACE IT, a tool you can use to find out.

The Active Consumer Engagement Impelementation Tool (ACE IT) expresses the views of Tasmanians with lived experience of the mental health system, about how organisations can best work with them to plan, design, deliver and evaluate services.

You can download a copy of ACE IT here to fill out yourself.

Flourish consultants can be contracted to facilitate this process, including surveying engaged consumers and staff, and providing collated data and a report.

Our consultants have both extensive experience providing consultancy services for Mental Health organisations and first- hand experience of the mental health system, so they are ideal for this role.

For further information or to engage a consultant, contact Hermione at Flourish (Tuesdays and Thursdays)- hermioneh[at] or (03) 6223 1952.

Flourish Event: ACE IT Launch

You are invited to the launch of Flourish’s Active Consumer Engagement Implementation Tool (ACE IT) at Parliament House on the 30th of March. Please RSVP to hermioneh[at] if you would like to attend. We hope to see you there!

Flourish E-Newsletter, Vol 2. No. 1

The first edition of Voices, Flourish’s E-Newsletter for 2017 has just been published.

You can read a PDF copy here or sign up to our mailing list to receive monthly issues here.

Flourish Phone Reconnection

After a long hiatus due to complications arising from a change of premises, Flourish’s phone service is back up and running. We thank you for your patience over the past few weeks as we have worked with our provider to resolve the issue.

You can once again reach our office on (03) 6223 1952 during business hours.

If nobody is available to take your call, please leave a message with your name and number and we will return your call as soon as possible.

Arts & Mental Health Forum – February 21st

Save the date! An Arts & Mental Health Forum will be held on Tuesday, February 21st from 9.30am (for a 10am start) until 3.30pm at Kickstart Arts, 1 St Johns Ave, New Town.

As a participant you will:

  • Increase your understanding of the role and use of different art forms to improve mental health
  • Learn about key strategies for successful programs
  • Identify opportunities to access arts and creativity and
  • Be part of creating a positive change to improve access and participation by people with mental illness

For further information and to register your interest, contact Jacquie Maginnis, Health Promotion Coordinator: Ph: 03 6166 6924 | Email: jacquie.maginnis[at]

Flourish Holiday Closure & Phone Issues

Hi all, as you may or may not be aware Flourish recently moved into a new office at 33 Melville St, Hobart.

Due to circumstances out of our control, we currently cannot receive incoming phone calls on our landline number (03 6223 1952).

We are still reachable via email on admin[at], or for urgent Matters our CEO Julia Fassina can be contacted on her mobile at 0448 185 629.

Please note that the Flourish offices will be closing for the holidays at 5PM on Friday, December 23rd and will be reopening on Monday, January 16th. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Flourish Annual Report

Flourish are proud to present their Annual Report for the 2015-2016 Financial Year. This year’s report contains articles written by many Flourish Consumers, making it our best Annual Report yet!

You can view a digital copy online here, or contact us at the office to obtain a physical copy.

Minds Do Matter – Art Exhibition

Artists who have a direct or indirect experience of mental illness, including family, carers and friends have submitted artworks for the Minds Do Matter art exhibition.

The exhibition runs from the 18th of October until the 23rd of October at the Waterside Pavilion (Mawson Place, Hobart) and is open from 10:00am – 4:00pm daily.

For further information, download a copy of the event flyer here.

We’re moving! From October 24th, Flourish will be located at 33 Melville St, Hobart. Other contact details such as phone numbers will remain the same. We look forward to seeing you in our new office!


Healing Voices – Tasmanian Premiere

You are invited to view “Healing Voices” – A Tasmania Premiere hosted by Flourish – Mental Health Action In Our Hands Inc. and sponsored by Richmond Fellowship Tasmania.

The event will be held on November 18th, 2016, at the Woolstore Apartments (64 Macquarie Street, Hobart, Tasmania.)

This award winning documentary goes a long way to healing our fear of people whom society commonly labels as ‘schizo’, ‘mad’ or ‘crazy’. The message in this film is that understanding, rather than fear, is what people who have experienced these conditions need.

Healing Voices follows the lives of three people: Oryx, Jen, and Dan, who have all been diagnosed with mental illness. Oryx, Jen, and Dan are each very different, but all are articulate and insightful in describing their journey from extreme states to satisfying relationships and meaningful work. The film’s director, Patrick Moynihan, describes his film as a “grassroots, non-theatrical film.” While the film is full of emotional triggers, it is nonetheless a must see for anyone who has been touched by mental illness, including our clinicians and support people. As Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “The salvation of the world lies in the hands of the creatively maladjusted.”

To book your place for this event, please click here.