The Mental Health Nurse Program is not a crisis service, if you need immediate assistance please call 000 Emergency Services first.

LifeLine: 131 114

Mental Health Services Helpline: 1800 332 388

Mental Health Nurse Program

Is a Federally funded program run through Prospect Medical Centre providing Mental Health Nurse support in the Northern Tasmania.

The program is targeted to patients who suffer from a mental illness and are currently being managed by their GP or private Pyschiatrist.

Who is eligible for the program?

You will be eligible for the program if:

  • you are currently receiving treatment for a mental illness and have a current Mental Health Care Plan
  • you are over 18 years of age;
  • you have symptoms of depression, anxiety or another mental illness;
  • your mental illness is affecting your ability to function on a day-to-day basis;
  • you require assistance to engage with other support services;
  • your family, friends or doctor have expressed concern for your well being; and/or
  • you have previously been admitted to hospital due to a mental illness.

What is Mental Health Nurse

Mental Health Nursing is a specialised branch of nursing with a focus on the care of people with mental health problems.

Mental Health Nurses work alongside individuals and their families, and or carers to assist patients to overcome the symptoms of their illness and to continue their personal recovery.

Mental Health Nurses work with GPs and private Psychiatrists as part of a team providing clinical support to patients who have a current Mental Health Care Plan.

What the Mental Health Nurse will provide?

The nurse will provide assessments, therapeutic interventions, medication monitoring, mental state assessment, family support, care coordination and referral to appropriate services.

How can patients become involved with the program?

Patients need to be referred to the program by their GP or Psychiatrist.