Mental Health Nurse Program

RFT provides general practices with access to Mental Health Nurses to support adults with severe and persistent mental illness.

What is the Mental Health Nurse Program?
The Mental Health Nurse Program (MHNP) provides clinical care and treatment services for adults with severe and complex mental illness.

Mental Health Nurses employed in the program work with people and their GP to provide these services.

The RFT Mental Health Nurses are highly skilled and experienced.

The services provided by the Mental Health Nurse include:

  • Care/support coordination.
  • Medication management and support.
  • Recovery based interventions.
  • Referrals to other services and programs (as required).
  • Education.

Who is the program for?
The program is designed for adults:

  • With severe and complex mental health illness.
  • Who live in southern Tasmania.
  • Who would benefit from support from a Mental Health Nurse.

What does the program do and what are the benefits?
The MHNP provides eligible people with access to Mental Health Nurse support in their community.

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

Mental Health Nurses work with people in many different ways to manage their illness and to work towards their recovery goals.

Mental Health Nurses work together with people’s families and other professionals to provide high quality care and support.

How does the program work and how can people access it?
Access to the program is with a GP Mental Health Treatment Plan (which a GP can provide) or a referral from a Psychiatrist.

Once we have the referral, one of our Mental Health Nurses will call to arrange the first appointment.

The referring GP or Psychiatrist and the Mental Health Nurse will work together to provide support and information.

To find out more about the program, please contact the NDIS Development and Support Services Manager:

  • P: 6228 3344
  • E:

North (Mental Health Nurse Program):

  • Prospect Medical Centre
  • P: 6311 1540
  • F: 6344 8542

North West (Nurse Access Program):

If you are a GP or mental health professional looking to make an online referral, please use our online form found here.