The MBS (Medicare Benefits Schedule) or Better Access initiative eligibility is being expanded by the Australian Government for better access to Psychiatrists, Psychologists and General Practitioners.
Aged care residents can access up to 20 individual psychological services each calendar year from 10 December 2020 to 30 June 2022.
This measure is in response to the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety COVID-19 special report recommendations. The measure will enable eligible General Practitioners (GPs), psychologists, social workers and occupational therapists to provide psychological services to aged care residents in a COVIDSafe way.
To access Better Access sessions from a residential aged care facility, a GP will assess whether a person has a mental disorder. They will decide if a GP Mental Health Treatment Plan is appropriate, based on the person’s health care needs a
A GP or psychiatrist (referring practitioner) can refer a person for an initial course of treatment of up to six individual psychological sessions. This may include:
The referring practitioner decides on the number of allied mental health services that someone will be referred for.
If someone uses all 10 initial individuals MBS (Better Access) sessions in a calendar year, an additional 10 individual sessions are available in each calendar year until 30 June 2022 if required. The referring practitioner will decide if this is clinically appropriate for the person. A maximum of 20 individual Better Access sessions is available in each calendar year.
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