Psychiatrists call on re-elected government to focus on mental health

14 May 2021

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) has congratulated Premier Peter Gutwein and his party on their re-election to government.

RANZCP Tasmania Branch Chair, Dr Ben Elijah, expressed his well wishes to the Premier and his government, saying he looks forward to working with them on improving the state’s mental health system.

‘It is our hope that this newly re-elected government will continue to act upon their mandate to represent the people of Tasmania and work towards rebuilding our mental health system.

‘Every person has a right to appropriate and effective mental health care, whenever and wherever they need it’.

‘The mental health system in Tasmania has been overstretched and under-resourced historically and service and resourcing have not kept pace with demand and new models of care.

‘Many of our mental healthcare workers across the sector are experiencing distress because of scarce resourcing and an increasing workload.

‘Addressing these challenges will require us to think creatively in the areas of recruitment and retention, to build effective mental health teams and collaborative relationships across regions and to invest in the necessary infrastructure to support our mental health services.

‘The RANZCP Tasmanian Branch is pleased to see the roll out of reforms beginning to occur in Southern Tasmania.

‘However, we believe that now is the time for similar reforms to be undertaken in the North and North West of the state where resourcing and service delivery is limited for a range of reasons.

The RANZCP Tasmanian Branch has welcomed the government’s announcements for additional funding in last year’s budget as a long-awaited step forward.

‘In building upon this initiative, it is vital that we better understand what service requirements are, to meet the needs of Tasmanians into the future’, said Dr Elijah.

‘As the state’s leading voice for psychiatrists, the RANZCP Tasmanian Branch looks forward to working closely with all stakeholders across the sector, to build a sustainable and best practice informed mental health system for all Tasmanians.’

For all other expert mental health information, visit Your Health in Mind, the RANZCP’s consumer health information website.

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