Divisive Conversations

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A few days ago I came across an article in The Conversation which contained a couple of errors and points worth clarifying. I’d hoped to put them in the comment thread, but found that I’d missed the 72 hour window. Seems a bit short to cut people off after that, but in any case I […]

What’s new about NewAccess?

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A few days ago we heard that BeyondBlue is now calling for their NewAccess program to be rolled out nationally and funded by Medicare. We’ve talked about NewAccess a couple of times previously on our Facebook Group (in July 2013, in August 2013, in March 2016 (twice), and November 2018). A number of the concerns we […]

Better Access to Telepsychology

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Accessing mental health care during a pandemic has presented some challenges. Medicare restrictions are making it much harder than it needs to be when delivering psychological care. In this short post, I’ll try to summarise the main problem areas and offer a few constructive solutions. Background context Australians are gradually coming around to the idea […]

Federal Election 2019

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Archived from Australian Mental Health Party On behalf of the party, I’d like to express my gratitude to our party members and supporters who voted for us at the election a few weeks ago. What an amazing experience that was! Being the first time running for the senate at a proper federal election, we have […]

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 […]

MEDIA RELEASE 9 Apr 2019 (Federal Budget Reply)

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Archived from Australian Mental Health Party This year’s pre-election federal budget came with an impressive-sounding $737 million allocated to mental health. As usual however, the fine-print tells a different story. On budget night, one of the oldest tricks in the book is to space out funding across several years. In this case, the $737 million […]

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 […]

Environment in mind

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MEDIA RELEASE 15 Mar 2019 Archived from Australian Mental Health Party One of the core values of the Australian Mental Health Party is connection. We believe that our connections to people and places around us shape who we are and what we become. This isn’t just about personal relationships with other people, but also our deeper sense of connection […]

A Caring Health System

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Archived from Australian Mental Health Party When we connect to health care, it’s usually in a state of concern, discomfort, or distress. A well-designed health system would ideally respond in a sensitive way to people, adapting to reflect the needs of consumers. Right now, Australia needs a more caring approach to health care. There’s a […]

Educational Reforms

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Archived from Australian Mental Health Party What does a person-centred education system look like? Providing high-quality education is critical for the future prosperity of our nation. The kind of education we need includes more than just preparing young people to join the workforce. Our vision is for a comprehensive education for every Australian. In addition […]