Peter Gutwein

Premier of Tasmania

7 September 2020

Jeremy Rockliff, Minister for Mental Health and Wellbeing

Improving mental health supports for young Tasmanians

The Government acknowledges that there are longstanding issues and gaps within our Child and Adolescent Mental Health system (CAMHS) which is exactly why we commissioned a Review last year.

We welcome reform to CAMHS, and we are committed to getting it right as young Tasmanians deserve nothing less than the best possible mental health supports and services.

The Review is in fact a key part of the Tasmanian Mental Health Reform Program and is being undertaken by independent consultant, Professor Brett McDermott.

A draft was circulated widely to key stakeholders on the 27th of August as part of our consultation process. Following this last round of consultation the Review will be finalised, along with the Government’s response.

The Review represents an important opportunity to improve recovery outcomes for children and adolescents living with mental health challenges.

I’d like to thank the dedicated staff within CAMHS and stakeholders who are taking part in the current consultation process.

The Government takes Child and Adolescent Mental Health extremely seriously and we are committed to developing an integrated pathway for children, adolescents, their families and carers to navigate the mental health system.

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