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Mental Health Services, within the Department of Health and Human Services, works with clients and their families to treat, support and manage mental disorders to maximise mental health, well-being and quality of life for people with a mental illness. Increasingly there is a focus on health promotion and prevention as well as early intervention. This is in addition to the more traditional services.
Further information about mental health services in Tasmania is available from the Department of Health and Human Services web site, http://www.dhhs.tas.gov.au/mentalhealth/
In 2002-03 there were 2,395 separations from mental health inpatient units in Tasmania, and an average length of stay of 9.4 days. Community residential unit clients totalled 4,468 at 30 June 2003.