Increase Access to Essential Psychology Services - End Two-Tier Medicare

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Michelle McClintock
4 days ago
The two-tier model is a fabrication, no such division exists within psychology. It is unjust and discriminatory and favours the small minority of psychologists and their clients. meanwhile the larger population of psychologists and most members of the public are stuck with a smaller rebate that has hardly changed in over a decade

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Linda Boydell
4 weeks ago
Mental health is in desperate need of more funding and bulk billing specialists to east the long waiting times for people to receive help.

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Helen Cook
Apr 1, 2021
I have supervised colleagues (who are “endorsed” as clinical) because of my experience in clinical work yet my time is seen by some to be of lesser value. It just doesn’t make sense.

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Carolyne Thompson
Feb 2, 2021
This discrimination against general psychologists is utterly unnecessary. Our qualifications are accredited under AHPRA and mental health care plans require intervention not diagnosis (the GP has to formally diagnose prior to authorising the plan). Therefore, generalist psychologists are doing precisely the same work as a clinical psychologist and should be provided the same rebate accordingly.

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Mandy Halabi
Feb 2, 2021
This is an unfair proposal. Psychologists and clients will suffer.

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Sandra Wood
Dec 5, 2020
The current system is inequitable and inadequate in my experience.

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Hayley Newitt
Nov 1, 2020
I'm a farmer's wife, mother to 2 young sons (born during the drought years) , and Psychologist who can only afford to work part time. I myself have needed to access psychological support during these past tough couple of years. Now I'm finally starting up my own practice in a rural township I want to be excited, but I'm down hearted by the pressures I face to be a bulk billing provider in order to attract new clients. This leaves a significant difference in my earnings given the limited hours I can practice due to my primary carer commitments to my young family. I have done the required equivalent to 6 years of study plus years spent gaining other qualifications, I've worked full time+ in order to gain industry experience and jump through what ever hoops were asked of me, I pay for and engage in regular and required cpd. Bottom line is I have invested thousands upon thousands of dollars and hours of my time into developing my career governed by a registration body that calls me mediocre and substandard (given I'm "only" generally registered) and then devalues my hourly rate as being ONLY worthy of the current lower tier rebate. I know I am NOT the only Psych out there feeling this frustrated. I tell you, being a Gen Psych these days is hard yacka and is thus far a rather demoralizing experience, not by any means due to the client's (they're who remind me why I want to do this gig), but rather due to the out dated and out of touch management of the profession. I'm signing this petition because change is needed now to stop the governance of our profession continually dividing our community and start strengthening us as a cohesive unit of professionals, each specialising in our own areas but are worthy of equal pay and recognition for the value of the work we do for society.

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Tanya Brunette
Aug 30, 2020
A two tier system is ridiculous and devalues generalist psychologists who have a wealth of knowledge and experience

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Suzanne Little
Aug 21, 2020
Telehealth is an alternative mechanism for consultation. After a short period for people to become accustomed to non face-to-face consultation, telehealth should be irrelevant to the quality of care delivered.
By restricting the fee allowable for one & not the other mechanism, health insurance is introducing an in-built bias into health practice. Perhaps using bulk billing might have been a compromise to get telehealth approved by government but that is done now. For the future,
insurance must return to its neutral influence on practioners' fees and the communication choices made by patients and/or practioners.

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Larry Desmond
Aug 17, 2020
I'm signing in the hope that the completely unsupported claims of APS regarding two-tier Medicare rebates - that so-called clinical psychologist provide superior clients outcomes compared with those of other psychologists and therefore deserve to be paid more - will be independently, fairly investigatged and evaluated. In my own experience, this assumed superiorty of "clin psychs" is rubbish, and based merely on the unsuported, private biases and prejudices of those who are making significantly more money out of Medicare than they deserve. If two-tier is justified, and Pirkis, Ftanou, Williamson, Machlin, Spittal & Bassilios (2011). Australia's Better Access initiative: An evaluation. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 45:726–739it shows that it isn't, then those who support two-tier need to finally present clear, objective evidence to demonstrate their claims.