Mental health - mild to moderate (adults)

What is available?

Primary Health Tasmania has commissioned a number of providers to offer psychological therapy services for people with mild to moderate mental illness who are not clinically suited to lower intensity levels of intervention.

Services are provided by:

  • registered and clinical psychologists
  • mental health nurses
  • occupational therapists
  • social workers
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workers.

Short-term psychological interventions of up to 12 sessions of care are available under this service.

Who is eligible?

Mental health services are available for people who meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • identify as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander 
  • are culturally and linguistically diverse 
  • have self-harmed or are at heightened risk of suicide
  • are at risk of perinatal depression
  • are experiencing or at high risk of homelessness
  • are carers with a diagnosis of mental illness
  • are less able to pay fees for other psychological services
  • are unable to access other funded and private psychological services (rural and remote).

Cornerstone Youth Services provides these services for people aged 18 to 25; The Crawley Clinic and Psychology CAFFE have no specific age requirements.

Where is it available?

These services are available statewide, with the following providers operating in each region:

  • North west: Psychology CAFFE, Cornerstone Youth Services
  • North: The Crawley Clinic, Cornerstone Youth Services
  • South: The Crawley Clinic

Not all services are physically delivered in every local community, but eligible people in the areas indicated have access to some level of service. This could be face to face or through other means such as phone support. Speak to the service providers for more information.

Who can make a referral?

Referrals can be made by a GP with a mental health treatment plan, or referral letter written by a psychiatrist or paediatrician.

What is the IAR level of care? (information for health professionals)

This is an Initial Assessment and Referral (IAR) Level of Care 3 (moderate intensity) service. More information about IAR is available here.  

How much does it cost?

This service is free to eligible people, where service capacity exists. 

I need help now. Where should I go?

Please note: Primary Health Tasmania does not deliver health services or crisis/emergency support. 

Your regular doctor should always be your first point of call if you need medical or mental health care.

  • In an emergency, call Triple 0 (000) for Ambulance, Fire or Police
  • For information about health services open at night, public holidays and weekends, go to: or call healthdirect Australia on 1800 022 222.

The following helplines are also available for urgent assistance:

  • Access Mental Health (Tasmanian Government) 1800 332 388
  • Lifeline Crisis Help 13 11 14
  • Kids Helpline 1800 551 800
  • Drug and Alcohol Counselling (after hours) 1800 811 994
  • Poisons Information Centre 13 11 26.

Who provides the service?

  • Psychology CAFFE
    03 6426 3050
  • The Crawley Clinic
    03 6331 0577
  • Cornerstone Youth Services
    03 6335 3100