The Mental Health Nurse Access Program (MHNAP) is structured so that mental health nurses work in collaboration with psychiatrists and general practitioners to provide services such as periodic reviews of patients’ mental status and medication monitoring and management.

The intent of the Mental Health Nurse Access Program (MHNAP) is to ensure that patients with severe and persistent mental illness receive adequate case management, outreach support and coordinated care.

The Mental Health Nurse Access Program (MHNAP) also assists in relieving workload pressure for general practitioners and psychiatrists, allowing more time to be spent on complex care.

Close and effective collaboration between mental health nurses, general practitioners and psychiatrists in the delivery of clinical support and services in the community is expected to:

  • improve levels of care for people with severe mental illness

  • reduce the likelihood of unnecessary hospital admissions and readmissions for people with severe mental illness and

  • assist in keeping people with severe mental illnesses well, and feeling connected within the community.

Under the Mental Health Nurse Access Program (MHNAP), mental health nurses are working in collaboration with private psychiatrists and general practitioners to provide services such as:

  • periodic reviews of patients’ mental health

  • medication monitoring and management

  • information on physical healthcare to patients and

  • integrated services from general practitioners, psychiatrists and allied health workers (such as psychologists) including arranging access to interventions from other health professionals and services when these are required.

Services are provided in a range of settings, such as in clinics or patients’ homes, and are provided at no cost to the patient.

To access this service you will require a referral and mental health care plan from your GP. We can assist you to do this if needed . Rural Health Tasmania mental health nurses are credentialed and/or accredited and members of (ACMHN) or the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) to ensure that the MHNAP is managed with the highest level of integrity and to ensure quality and safety of the patient and the nurse.

Rural Health Tasmania Inc. currently offers the Mental Health Nurse Access Program (MHNAP) services across the North West, West Coast and King Island Local Government Areas: however new referrals are limited.

Please contact the care coordinator at the service closest to you on (03) 6452 1266 for more information.

This service is supported by funding from Tasmania PHN (Primary Health Tasmania) through the Australian Government’s PHN Program.