Alliance for Better Access

The following blog posts relate to an action group called the Alliance for Better Access which opposed the 2011 decision of the Australian Federal Government to set a maximum cap of ten sessions for access to psychological care. The original group still remains on Facebook.

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 […]

Medicare review: Have Your Say

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A review of Medicare is underway, giving you an opportunity to have your say about access to psychological care in the system. To make this easy I have assembled some basic points you can use to strengthen your message. Thousands of people support the Alliance for Better Access. Some people are fully behind us whereas […]

Are we spending enough on mental health care?

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Last week the review from the National Mental Health Commission (NMHC) was finally released. The report was an important review, covering all mental health care services in Australia. Our Health Minister (actually, two of them) sat on the report, prompting us to make an FOI request to which the Government replied that we must pay a hefty sum […]

Better Mental Health Starts with Policy

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Last week, the Australian Doctor reported on new figures released by the Department of Health and Ageing which reveal that the Access to Allied Psychological Services (ATAPS) program had failed meet targets for the delivery of psychological care to the public, despite a $31 million funding boost over the 2013 financial year. Funding to the […]