S84: Ten years of Better Access – successes of the past and opportunities for the future.

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Authors: Harry Lovelock, Janne McMahon

Year: 2017

Event: 2017 TheMHS Conference

Subject: Service Systems, Delivery, Implementation,Clinical Issues

Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers

Abstract: Aim: To provide data on the utilisation of Better Access over the past 10 years; an analysis of that data; implications of the Australian Government’s Response to the Review of Mental Health Services and Programmes and consumer and carer perspectives on this initiative.

In July 2006, the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) funded The Better Access to Psychiatrists, Psychologists and General Practitioners Initiative to address major gaps in mental health system that were identified via a number of reviews and media at the time.

The presenters will provide an overview of the origins and purpose of the initiative followed by analysis of available data and summary of existing research that has been undertaken to date. The implications of the Australian Government’s Response to the Review of Mental Health Services and Programmes will be discussed.

The presentation will provide consumer and carer insights into their experiences of receiving services funded under Better Access and discuss potential opportunities and challenges provided with the introduction of the Government’s reforms in primary mental health care.

Learning Objectives
Learning Objective 1 & 2:
• To gain a better understanding of the Better Access Initiative and its impact to date
• To gain better understanding of Better Access as part of the Australian Government’s Response to the Review of Mental Health Services and Programmes
• To increase the participants knowledge on consumer and carer experiences of Better Access

References
http://www.health.gov.au/internet/publications/publishing.nsf/Content/mental-ba-eval-dexec-toc~mental-ba-eval-dexec-bet
http://www.health.gov.au/internet/main/publishing.nsf/content/0dbef2d78f7cb9e7ca257f07001acc6d/$file/response.pdf

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