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Better access to psychological care

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Medicare support for psychological care is limited to just ten visits. To get help, people need a GP diagnosis of a mental disorder which stays in their medical file. If we are serious about addressing mental health, then we need a more flexible way to access psychological care, free from stigma and red-tape.

We call on our political leaders to change Medicare as follows:

  1. Access to 5 visits of psychological care without a GP referral.
  2. Flexible assessment criteria for a Mental Health Care Plan which do not require a diagnostic label.
  3. Access to at least 6 months of psychological care with a Mental Health Care Plan, rather than a fixed number of appointments. Review and ongoing referral when appropriate to ensure continuity of care.

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