Pregnancy Support Counselling – New Medicare Item

Two new MBS items will provide funding for patients to access non-directive counselling from eligible GPs and, on referral, qualified allied health professionals.

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Why is this important?

  • It is important that women are able to access non-directive counselling when they are uncertain about a pregnancy and that they are able to do so quickly. By providing Medical Benefits Schedule (MBS) items for this purpose, a broad network of service providers becomes available, increasing the options for women to get the support they need.
  • Two new MBS items will provide funding for patients to access non-directive counselling from eligible GPs and, on referral, qualified allied health professionals. These services will be available to women who are pregnant or who have been pregnant within the previous 12 months.

Who will benefit?

  • The pregnancy counselling support measures will provide women who are uncertain about their pregnancy, with greater access to professional, non-directive counselling and advice about pregnancy and the services available.

What funding is the Government committing to this initiative?

  • Commencing in 2006-2007, Medicare-funded counselling is expected to cost $35.6 million over four years.

What have we done in the past?

  • The Government provides direct and indirect funding for a range of family planning, and sexual and reproductive health services.

When will the initiative conclude?

  • This is an ongoing initiative.

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