The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrist has outlined its concerns over the current state of the acute health service in Tasmania, in a recent submission to the Legislative Council Government Administration Committee ‘A’ inquiry into acute health services in Tasmania.
The RANZCP submission, developed in conjunction with the Tasmanian Branch, outlined that there are:
- Inadequate mental health services for the community in the north, north-west and southern regions of Tasmania
- A critical shortage of permanent psychiatrists in the north, north-west and south, with workforce shortages being made up by locum psychiatrists
- Critical issues with acute bed numbers in the south, with a lack of planning for a contemporary inpatient unit, and problems with training psychiatrists
- Concerns about the services for perinatal, child and adolescent mental health, for example there are no dedicated public mother-baby inpatient beds
- No child and adolescent mental health beds, which means that it is not possible to provide developmentally appropriate mental health inpatient care to young people across Tasmania.
Read the RANZCP’s full submission into the Legislative Council Government Administration Committee ‘A’ inquiry into acute health services in Tasmania.