The key findings from this chapter were:

  • At a Division level, rates of total Better Access services used and allied health Better Access services used are positively associated with levels of mental health need.

  • The simplest and most parsimonious models for explaining variation in total Better Access services used and allied health Better Access services used were based on five Division level factors: greater supply of GPs; being a Division in Victoria; lower percentage of the Division population living in remote locations; and lower percentage of the Division population living in socioeconomically disadvantaged areas.

  • The percentage of variance explained was similar between the two models – 54.70% and 50.99% respectively. Variables relating to potential to access services (GP supply, remoteness, state/territory) collectively contributed a larger proportion of the variance in total Better Access services used (43.26%) than allied health (36.70%) Better Access services used. The mental health need variable contributed a larger proportion of additional variance explained in allied health (6.10%) than total (3.27%) Better Access services used, after variables relating to potential to access services were taken into account. Socioeconomic disadvantage contributed a similar proportion of additional variance in total (8.19%) and allied health (8.17%) Better Access services used, after all other variables were taken into account.