This chapter presents findings relating to Evaluation Question 7 which asks: To what extent has the Better Access initiative impacted on related MBS services? Specifically, Division–level analyses were conducted in which provision of non–Better Access mental health MBS services was examined over time in order to determine demand for these services had changed since the introduction of Better Access. These analyses explored the impact of Better Access uptake on non–Better Access mental health MBS services uptake in the period after the introduction of Better Access. Similar analyses using Division level data were also undertaken looking at uptake of psychological services under the Access to Allied Psychological Services projects. The following series of research questions was examined separately for the two program areas:

  1. Non–Better Access mental health MBS items

    1. Has there been a reduction in demand for non–Better Access mental health MBS services since the introduction of Better Access?

    2. Do patterns of demand for non–Better Access mental health MBS services differ between metropolitan and rural or remote regions?

    3. What is the relationship between Better Access uptake and demand for non–Better Access mental health MBS services at a Division level?

    4. Does the relationship between Better Access uptake and demand for non–Better Access mental health MBS services at a Division level differ between metropolitan and rural or remote regions?

  2. Psychological services provided under the Access to Allied Psychological Services projects

    1. Has there been a reduction in demand for ATAPS psychological services since the introduction of Better Access?

    2. Do patterns of demand for ATAPS psychological services differ between metropolitan and rural or remote regions?

    3. What is the relationship between Better Access uptake and demand for ATAPS psychological services at a Division level?

    4. Does the relationship between Better Access uptake and demand for ATAPS psychological services at a Division level differ between metropolitan and rural or remote regions?