Partnerships and Relationships
Partnerships and relationships are crucial and core to the work of PIR. The issues people and communities face are complex and a collaborative approach works best.
In PIR Tasmania, partnerships are made:
- With people who seek support from PIR
- With people’s families and friends
- With natural community supports
- With services
- With peak bodies
- With policy makers
- With government
We believe people are the experts in their own lives and PIR Tasmania has a responsibility to support them to become better experts.
To meet their needs there are frequently other people or parties from whom people need support. Many people have a natural group from whom they can seek support – perhaps people in their family, neighbourhood or social network. PIR’s task is to provide support for the individual and their family and carers and to achieve cultural and systemic change to ensure service sectors and the community are collaborative, coordinated and provide better responses to people who experience severe and persistent mental illness and their families and friends.
This means PIR draws on a range of partnerships:
- First and foremost are the partnerships we forge with the individuals who choose to access our service.
- This leads to partnerships with their families, friends, personal networks and carers.
- PIR Tasmania is provided by a consortium of five organisations that have chosen to partner with each other. They are;
- Anglicare Tasmania
- Colony 47
- Relationships Australia Tasmania, and
- Richmond Fellowship Tasmania.
- PIR provides services across Tasmania in over 40 locations, including 27 places where PIR has collocated with another service.
- Guidance is provided to PIR by a Reference group made up nominees from: Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs Council; Department of Human Services; Department of Health; Department of Human Services; Flourish Mental Health Action In Our Hands Inc; Mental Health Carers of Tasmania; Mental Heath Council of Tasmania; National Disability Services, Tasmania; Private Hospitals Association; Shelter Tasmania; Statewide Mental Health Service; Primary Health Network Tasmania.
- PIR Tasmania regularly consults to seek advice about how the service can be best provided. We also conduct an annual conference, to which interested people are encouraged to attend.