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WISE Tasmanian Partners in Recovery Bid – more info

Partners in Recovery (PIR): Coordinated Support and Flexible Funding for People with Severe and Persistent Mental Illness with Complex Needs Initiative.

WISE is developing a model and will submit an application to deliver PIR in partnership with Aspire, Baptcare, Carers Tasmania, Centacare Tasmania, Circular Head Aboriginal Corporation, Community Connections Inc, Flourish, Headway, Holyoake, Launceston City Mission, Medicare Local Tasmania, Mental Health Carers Tasmania (ARAFMI), Migrant Resource Centre, Mind, Mission Australia, Richmond Fellowship, the Salvation Army, Uniting Care Tasmania, and Youth & Family Focus.

Across these organizations Support Facilitators will be engaged to assess individual PIR client needs and with collaboration of community partners, coordinate system access to meet these needs. They will work to improve the system response to clients, engage with and follow up services and supports, build service pathways and networks of services and supports
needed. Support Facilitators will be a point of contact for PIR clients, their families and carers when service arrangements are not working or clients become disconnected from required supports. The broad partnership model proposed by WISE is about improving communication and collaboration across the multiple sectors and providing consumer choice.

In developing the best possible delivery of PIR in Tasmania, WISE and its partner organisations welcome and support
consumer participation, representation and feedback. At this initial stage, WISE is primarily working with Carers Tasmania,
Flourish, and Mental Health Carers Tasmania (ARAFMI) to keep consumers and carers informed and to facilitate feedback.

Additionally WISE has held broad community information sessions across the state which was attended by consumer advocates in Launceston, Devonport and Hobart. In the next stage of implementation and delivery, WISE will establish consumer discussion groups to ensure a robust model that supports individual needs.

Flourish will continue to be an important contact assisting PIR implementation through consumer engagement strategies at all levels of service delivery to ensure that people with lived experience of mental illness have a voice, including as a member of the WISE lead PIR steering committee. If you would like to be a part of these consumer discussion groups, please contact us at pir[at]

The government’s Invitation to Apply (ITA) closes on 18th Dec 2012 with proposed PIR commencement likely to be in early
2013. Through the development, implementation and delivery of this initiative the input of consumers and carers is
highly valued in ensuring a quality service that meets the needs of PIR consumers and carers in a manner that supports
positive life outcomes.

If you would like to receive more information about WISE and its proposed PIR model, or provide feedback please email:

For more information from the Department of Health and Aging
ental-pir Information for consumers of Mental Health Services.

You are invited to attend the Scarlet Alliance National Symposium

Wednesday 21st of November, 2012 2:30PM – 4:30PM
Parliament House, Hobart

The Scarlet Alliance National Symposium is a half-day sex work policy forum open to sex workers and representatives of government, community and health sectors, HIV and AIDS policy and program advisors, and other members of the public with an interest in sex work policy and activism.

Join Australia’s leading sex worker advocates as they discuss and present the key policy issues affecting sex workers in Australia.

A diverse range of provocative speakers from throughout Australia will contribute to this event making this symposium essential to all working within policy, law, policing, OH&S, education, HIV & STI prevention, and human rights.

The symposium will end with networking and afternoon tea.

RSVP required.
Book online at

Contact Cameron or Heather at Scarlet Alliance on 02 9690 0551 oradmin[at]

Pricing scale:
$110 General admission
$55 Small community based organisations or collectives
$22 Concession/pensioner/unemployed
FREE for Scarlet Alliance members
thanks as always,
Jade Barker
Tasmanian Project Coordinator
03 6234 1242 ◊ 0410758727

Partners In Recovery Tasmania Bid – consultations for consumers and carers

The commonwealth government has announced significant funding through Department of Health and Ageing, for the implementation of Partners in Recovery in each Medicare Local region of Australia. Tasmania is one Medicare Local region.

Anglicare Tasmania and Colony 47 are partnering to develop a model and application for this initiative. Essential in the development of our model and application, Anglicare Tasmania and Colony 47 are committed to consulting with local people including service providers, community groups and importantly people who have lived experience of mental illness and their families and friends. It is important to hear your input, suggestions, hopes and expectations of PIR for Tasmania.

Consultations are being held 10am – 1pm on 19th North West, 20th for North, and on 26th November for the South. For more information and to RSVP contact Anne on 6222 5130 or email anneg[at]

NDIS help available for mental illness sufferers

Lanai Vasek from:The Australian on November 01 has reported the following”
PEOPLE with a mental illness or episodic disability who are unable to properly manage their relationships, home and work lives will get access to support under the National Disability Insurance Scheme.
In a speech to the National Press Club in Canberra, Families Minister Jenny Macklin said yesterday that the legislation for the NDIS would be put to parliament within weeks, as the government tries to shore up the scheme before its launch sites are due to start from July 1 next year.

Partners In Recovery – Commonwealth Funding for more mental health services

What is Partners in Recovery?
Partners in Recovery (PIR) aims to better support people with severe and persistent mental illness with complex needs (the ‘target group’) and their carers and families, by getting multiple sectors, services and supports they may come into contact with (and could benefit from) to work in a more collaborative, coordinated, and integrated way.

Organisations around Australia are working on submissions now. At this stage Tasmania will have one Partners in Recovery Service.

PIR will support the multi‐service integration needed to ensure services and supports are matched to
people’s need. PIR will facilitate better coordination of and more streamlined access to the clinical and other services and supports needed by people in the target group who require a response from multiple agencies.

Suitably placed and experienced non‐government organisations will be engaged (as PIR organisations) in Medicare Local geographic regions, and will be the mechanism that ‘glues’ together all the supports and services the individual requires.

PIR organisations will have access to a limited amount of flexible funding which can be used to purchase services and appropriate supports when needs are identified but are not immediately able to be met through normal channels. The flexible funding pool will enable the PIR organisation to buy‐in these services and supports, and is intended to be used to build system capacity and meet immediate and short‐term priority needs of the client.

Key Objectives
The ultimate objective of the PIR initiative is to improve the system response to, and outcomes for, people
with severe and persistent mental illness who have complex needs by:
• facilitating better coordination of clinical and other supports and services to deliver ‘wrap around’ care individually tailored to the person’s needs;
• strengthening partnerships and building better links between various clinical and community support organisations responsible for delivering services to the PIR target group;
• improving referral pathways that facilitate access to the range of services and supports needed by the PIR target group; and
• promoting a community based recovery model to underpin all clinical and community support services delivered to people experiencing severe and persistent mental illness with complex needs.

Through system collaboration, PIR will promote collective ownership and encourage innovative solutions to ensure effective and timely access to the services and supports required by people with severe and persistent mental illness with complex needs to sustain optimal health and wellbeing.

For further information about Partners in Recovery, please contact:
Phone: (02) 6289 9528

Partners in Recovery Information Sessions hosted by Wise Employment

Flourish 2011-2012 Annual Report

Flourish held its first Annual General meeting at Hobart Town Hall on 9th October 2012. At the meeting, guests were presented with the Flourish’ first Annual Report. In this report, the initial twelve months of operation, including activities and financials are presented, along with some images and comments from participants at Flourish events.

Please feel free to download our 2011-2012 Annual Report (requires Adobe Acrobat).

Peer Support Training

Peer Support Training

Monday 5 – Friday 9 November 2012 inclusive

This 5 day course will equip people with a lived experience of mental ill-health who are, or want to be, Peer Workers with the basic skills, knowledge, attitudes and behaviours to work in the mental health field.

Presented by Robyn Callaghan and Anthony Stratford

This training is designed to create a safe space for people with a lived experience of mental ill-health and recovery to explore and develop personally within this unique learning experience.

Participants will explore 9 Themes:
• Peer Support Mental Health Recovery Principles
• Effective Listening Searching for the Flame
• Moving Forward in the Journey Ethics, Values & Boundaries
• Cultural Competency Medication & Treatment
• Structuring the Environment for Recovery Sharing & Networking

Workshop Cost: $495 (incl GST) A number of subsidised places are available

Venue: Clarence Integrated Care Centre, Bayfield St, Bellerive.

Dates: Monday 5th – Friday 9th November inclusive.

Time: 9.30am – 4.00pm daily. Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea will be provided.

RSVP: with completed registration form Friday, 26th October 2012

Flourish contact details: PO Box 187, Sandy Bay TAS 7006 admin[at]
Phone 6223 1952 Mobile: 0448 185 629

Review of the National Practice Standards for the Mental Health Workforce – Consultations

Health Workforce Australia and the Mental Health Workforce Advisory Committee have contracted Precision consultants to do consultations for the review of the National Practice Standards for the Mental Health Workforce – Consultations will be running throughout October. A consultation will occur in Hobart on the 24th October (a.m.).

You can register your attendance at If you have any questions about the project, or the consultation sessions, please contact Precision Consultancy on (03) 9606 0118 or info[at]

Launch of World Mental Health Day website

Mental Health Week Events
Mental Health Week
7 – 13 October 2012
Celebrate, Connect, Grow

Launch of World Mental Health Day website

The Mental Health Council of Australia is excited to announce the launch of its new World Mental Health Day website,

The new website includes an event map which provides event organisers the opportunity to register their events to promote throughout Australia. It also provides people with an interest in mental health access to information about events in their area.