The Partners in Recovery (PIR) Tasmania model as it exists today has been developed with people in Tasmania, including people with lived experience of mental health issues, families, service providers and community members, and we acknowledge and thank the people involved for helping to shape PIR Tasmania. We owe our successful start to this strong support from families, carers and services.
In 2012 the Australian Government announced the Partners in Recovery initiative across all Australian Medicare Local regions. In sector consultations, Anglicare and Colony 47 both indicated interest in being a lead agency for this initiative. Anglicare and Colony models were closely aligned,and discussion between the two resulted in a joint partnership and tender.
Anglicare and Colony subsequently partnered with Wellways, Relationships Australia Tasmania, and Richmond Fellowship Tasmania to establish a Consortium that would be responsible for the development and oversight of operations. These organisations were selected against criteria which included state wide coverage; existing infrastructure to support employment; alignment in value base; experience in provision of services to people with severe and persistent mental illness; and strong connection to, and collaboration with, other services and the local community.
The Consortium sought advice from a Reference Group made up of representatives from the Department of Human Services; Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs Council; the Department of Health; Flourish - Mental Health Action In Our Hands Inc; Mental Health Carers of Tasmania; Mental Heath Council of Tasmania; National Disability Services; Private Hospitals Association; Shelter; Statewide Mental Health Service; and Primary Health Network Tasmania.
The group consulted widely and gained valuable input from people with a lived experience of mental illness, their families and carers and services.
An important achievement of this group was to agree on a model for the service, which was to be founded on a statement of belief (called the ‘Credo’) and eleven statements about how PIR Tasmania would work (called the ‘Practice Principles’). They are here.
Anglicare Tasmania is the lead organisation and, as such, was awarded the contract to implement PIR Tasmania, working in concert with the other four Consortium services.Full availability of PIR Tasmania services commenced in January 2014. Since that time the flow of referrals has been constant.
The program has workers (Support Facilitators) located across Tasmania in urban, regional and remote locations - usually collocated with other services. Consultation about the program, and training for staff have been extensive.
PIR Tasmania is predicated on the belief that people are the experts on their own lives. Together we build relationships so that ideas can be provoked, and all possible opportunities and resources can be explored. This way people can make informed choices, and self-direct their lives, reaching their full potential.
Since 1 July 2016 PIR Tamania has had an additional role, actively assisting eligible participants to understand and access the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).