Evaluation of the Better Access to Psychiatrists, Psychologists and General Practitioners through the Medicare Benefits Schedule initiative: summative evaluation

An overall summative evaluation that draws on all the Better Access evaluation components, and other relevant information such as the Better Access post-implementation review, to determine the extent to which Better Access has achieved its objectives and has been an effective response to the need for primary mental health treatment for people with common mental disorders.

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Evaluation of the Better Access to Psychiatrists, Psychologists and General Practitioners through the Medicare Benefits Schedule initiative: summative evaluation (online)

PDF version: Evaluation of the Better Access to Psychiatrists, Psychologists and General Practitioners through the Medicare Benefits Schedule initiative: summative evaluation (PDF 584 KB large file)

The same publication in smaller sections:

Cover pages (PDF 125 KB)
Executive summary (PDF 150 KB)
1. Background (PDF 86 KB)
2. Overview of evaluation questions and data sources (PDF 103 KB)
3. Question 1 - Has Better Access improved access to mental health care? (PDF 199 KB)
4. Question 2 - Is Better Access an effective (and cost-effective) model of service delivery? (PDF 80 KB)
5. Question 3 - Has Better Access had an impact on the profile and operation of Australia's mental health workforce? (PDF 80 KB)
6. Discussion and conclusions (PDF 88 KB)
References (PDF 74 KB)
Appendix 1: Relationship between original evaluation framework and current evaluation questions (PDF 61 KB)
Appendix 2: Assessing the effects of uncertainty in the then Department of Health and Ageing's estimate of the proportion of Australians with a mental disorder who received mental health care each year between 2006-07 and 2009-10 (PDF 149 KB)


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