Component B is designed address seven evaluation questions relating to the uptake of services through the Better Access initiative:

  • Question 1: To what extent has the Better Access initiative provided access to mental health care for people with mental disorders? Across all of Australia? Across all age groups?

  • Question 2: To what extent has the Better Access initiative provided access to affordable care?

  • Question 3: To what extent has the Better Access initiative provided equitable access to populations in need? (in particular people living in rural and remote areas, children and young people, older persons, Indigenous Australians, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds)

  • Question 4: To what extent has the Better Access initiative provided evidencebased mental health care to people with mental disorders?

  • Question 5: To what extent has the Better Access initiative provided interdisciplinary primary mental health care for people with mental disorders?

  • Question 6: To what extent has the Better Access initiative impacted on the use of medications commonly prescribed for treatment of mental disorders, in particular antidepressant medications?

  • Question 7: To what extent has the Better Access initiative impacted on related MBS services?
Questions 1 to 5 relate to the uptake of the Better Access item numbers during the first three years of their introduction. Questions 6 and 7 consider the two years prior to introduction of Better Access and two to three years following (depending on data availability).