The Mental Health Council of Tasmania has welcomed the National Mental Health Commission's Connections project.
Council chief executive Connie Digolis said the council was pleased to see the NMHC taking such a comprehensive and thorough approach to ensure they hear from a diverse range of people across the country.
"It [Connections project] is an opportunity for people to voice their concerns and provide suggested solutions to improve the mental health system as a whole," she said.
The NMHC is visiting 28 areas around Australia hosting town hall meetings to gain an understanding into mental health system issues and envisioning what said system will look like in 2030.
Ms Digolis said "2030 might seem like a long time away but a lot can change in ten years."
"For Tasmania, we do need to take urgent action to improve our model of care and work towards an integrated mental health system," she said.
"It is our [council] hope that in ten years we are not having the same discussions around a system in crisis but rather reflecting on how far we have come and what can still be improved."
A number of issues were raised during the town hall meetings in Launceston and Hobart last week, including access to care, mental health workforce capacity and stigmas surrounding mental ill-health.
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The forums are being led by NMHC chief executive Christine Morgan, who will report to federal Health Minister Greg Hunt and the government her findings at the end of the year.
"Christine [Morgan] and the team from the commission have a grasp on the unique needs of Tasmanians given that we are largely a regional centre this is geographically isolated and, as a result, have issues with wait times and access to mental health services," Ms Digolis said.
"The NMHC understands the need to focus far more on prevention and early intervention than we have been as a state and this was a strong theme at the Town Hall meetings.
"The Federal Government have been particularly responsive to the commissions findings in the past and have implemented many of the recommendations within their reports. We see no reason as to why this would be any different."
Ms Digolis added the council would like to see a greater level of bipartisan support or reform at both state and federal level.
"There seems to be a disconnect between each level of government and a lot of blame shifting around why the system is in crisis," she said.
"The mental health of Australians should not be a politicised issue and we continually see this occur, particularly on a state level."
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