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Reference Group


The PIR Tasmania Reference Group is committed to a recovery oriented framework of practice and culture that places people with severe and persistent mental illness and their families and carers at the centre of all activity. The Reference Group has provided strategic oversight of Partners in Recovery (PIR) and is a conduit between all sectors and people with lived experience of severe and persistent mental illness and their families and friends.

Members made a commitment to the PIR Tasmania Credo and Practice Principles (listed below).  Members also encourage communication and engagement practices that are inclusive of people from diverse backgrounds.


Reference Group membership consists of one nominee from each of the following:

  • Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs Council (Tasmania)
  • Australian Government Department of Human Services (Centrelink)
  • Tasmanian Department of Health and 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, Tasmania
  • Shelter Tasmania
  • Primary Health Network of Tasmania
  • Anglicare Tasmania
  • Colony 47


The Partners in Recovery (PIR) Credo and Practice Principles represent a common understanding and commitment as to how PIR will deliver services.


We work with people as being the experts on their own lives. Together we build relationships so that:

  • Ideas can be provoked
  • All possible opportunities and resources can be explored
  • This way people can make informed choices, and self-direct their lives, reaching their full potential.

Practice Principles

  • All people have potential and are contributing members of their community in which they live. We resist relating and referring to people through labels that may carry stigma or define and limit possibilities. (Hope Citizenship)
  • The cornerstone of our work is transparency, honesty and mutual respect. Our relationships speak the truth with the intention of challenging, strengthening and not harming. We acknowledge that without spending time reflecting, checking in and good communication that we may inadvertently fail in our overall intent. (Adult – Adult Relationships)
  • Our community is rich with undiscovered resources and opportunities, which we actively seek to harness. We resist coordinating service responses that replace naturally occurring community responses out of convenience or expectation of others. (Community)
  • We will only promote opportunities where people can turn their stumbling blocks into stepping-stones. (Self-Mastery, Agency)
  • We are all experts of our own life and will not become experts of others’ lives. We support people to lead and guide the directions that bring out the best in them. (Self-direction and Self-determination)
  • We practice curiosity to enable creativity. We resist making assumptions and predetermining solutions or possibilities for people. (Naïve Enquirer)
  • We acknowledge that system transformation may need to be the focus of our work and resist the urge to see the person referred as the problem needing to be fixed. (System Transformation)
  • We are responsible to each other, but not for each other. We do not abandon people based on a person’s level of struggle or complexity of issues they are experiencing. (Responsibility to)
  • Reflections of our lived experiences shape us to be the best that we are. We are committed to shared and ongoing learning with each other. (Learning Process)
  • We will not compromise on the honesty and integrity within our PIR Tasmanian framework. We regularly review our work to ensure that we continue to be useful and are not inadvertently becoming a disabling force in people’s lives. (Standards)
  • We acknowledge that people are their own change agents and utilize many environments and relationships to realize their potential. Therefore we cannot take credit for their achievements but will ensure the service offered is conducive.