Better Access to Psychiatrists, Psychologists and General Practitioners through the MBS (Better Access) initiative

The Better Access initiative provides better access to mental health practitioners through Medicare.

Page last updated: 10 April 2014

The purpose of the Better Access initiative is to improve treatment and management of mental illness within the community. The Better Access initiative is increasing community access to mental health professionals and team-based mental health care, with general practitioners encouraged to work more closely and collaboratively with psychiatrists, clinical psychologists, registered psychologists and appropriately trained social workers and occupational therapists. Part of the Better Access funding has been allocated to education and training for health professionals.

Fact sheets

GP mental health treatment plan sample template

Evaluation

Education and training

For more detailed information on the Better Access initiative MBS item descriptors and explanatory notes, visit the Department of Health's MBS Online website. MBS rebates are also available from MBS Online.

More information on this program is available by calling Medicare on 132 150 (for providers) or 132 011 (for patients).