Mental health workers battle on through COVID-19

Posted on
May 18, 2020
Public Sector

We met with MHS managers last week.

At these regular consultative meetings we get a chance to raise issues directly with managers and talk about standing agenda matters including vacancies and any changes being implemented.

The move of DoP to the K block at the RHH continues and we're told the issues with the SSU continue to be worked through - for workers in the south, we also received a draft of the Model of Service Delivery for the broader service and we strongly encourage members to provide feedback on any issues with the draft.

The Spencer Clinic at Burnie has reopened but is at a reduced capacity due to the pandemic response.

We raised concerns that workers have brought to us, the main one being PPE and the availability of dedicated mental health infection control education, in particular for work that occurs in the community.

We understand some work has been done in this area, and the Executive Director said the frustration is shared as the service battles with other areas for relevant resources, and we'll continue to pursue the matter over the coming weeks - anyone with any concerns about their safety at work should raise them with their manager immediately.

We're having a statewide HACSU delegates meeting next week to talk though any concerns, so members should talk to the delegate in their area if there’s something they'd like discussed - members unsure who their HACSU delegate is or who want to know more about becoming the delegate in their area, please get intouch.

Anyone with concerns about any advice they get in the workplace, particularly if it contradicts advice from public health officials or us, can discuss that with our team at HACSUassist on 1300 880 032 or

We thank members for all the vital work they do helping their fellow Tasmanians!

For more information about this or any other industrial matter, members should contact HACSUassist on 1300 880 032 or email or complete our online contact form

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