Similarities and differences

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In the Medicare system, the Better Access to Mental Health Care refers patients with an eligible disorder to see a therapist for evidence-based psychological care. Depending on your choice of provider, you may receive as little back from Medicare as $74.80 or as much as $124.50 for a one hour appointment. Yet all eligible providers […]

A tier-ful state of affairs

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Next week the Australian Psychological Society (APS) will release a Green Paper for consultation with their members about the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) Review. The current Medicare system faces a number of problems. To name just a few: people in distress are required to accept the label of a mental disorder to access therapy, and […]

One more try…

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For over a decade now I have tried to convince politicians of the need to address mental health care. For my part, the main focus has been on basic public access to psychological care in the community. I’ve largely been motivated by an optimistic notion of democracy: that if we inform our politicians adequately then […]

Louisa’s story

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Louisa had a difficult life but never showed it. Putting on a brave face was how she got by. Nobody knew about her abusive childhood and only those closest to her were trusted with why she really left her husband. Thinking about it made her break down, collapsing and weeping, for hours on end. Frankly, […]


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Earlier today we launched a petition to improve access to psychological care in Australia. If you’re on this page, you probably found your way to us from there. And you might have some questions or critical perspectives that you’d like to share. Before you do that though, let’s see whether our FAQ’s below might help […]

A re-design of psychological care

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Going into the federal election last week, the Alliance for Better Access reflected about our position and decided on a change of stance to suit the times. We share the following summary for your own thoughts and discussion in the comment thread below. If you support us, please sign our online petition. The following areas of […]

A change in position

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The Alliance for Better Access is now five years old. Across those years we have done almost everything you can imagine to help our politicians understand the need to improve the mental health policies of Medicare (meetings with both sides of government, petitions, youtube clips, radio interviews, television, email campaigns, memes, etc). Our position has […]

A game of Chinese whispers

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The Australian Government held a party inviting the most prominent media personalities in mental health care. Now it was time for a game of Chinese Whispers. The Minister for Health leaned over to the closest of her appointed ‘experts’ and whispered softly in his ear, “No new funding, pass it on.” Each player had their […]

Mental health reforms neglect psychological care

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[MEDIA RELEASE: Alliance for Better Access] Patients have expressed concern that reforms to the mental health system announced last week are being funded by cuts to psychological care. Last week’s mental health “shake-up” rips $350m of Medicare funding from the successful and popular Better Access to Mental Health Care program, through which the majority of […]