Better Access to Psychiatrists, Psychologists and General Practitioners through the MBS (Better Access) initiative

The Better Access initiative provides better access to mental health practitioners through Medicare.

Page last updated: 11 October 2017

The purpose of the Better Access initiative is to improve treatment and management of mental illness within the community. The Better Access initiative is increasing community access to mental health professionals and team-based mental health care, with general practitioners encouraged to work more closely and collaboratively with psychiatrists, clinical psychologists, registered psychologists and appropriately trained social workers and occupational therapists. Part of the Better Access funding has been allocated to education and training for health professionals.

New Better Access Telehealth Services


From 1 November 2017, the Better Access initiative will be expanded to include new Medicare items to allow patients in Modified Monash Model regions four to seven to access services through video conferencing. More information can be found about the new Better Access telehealth psychological services for people in rural areas.

Better Access Fact sheets


Fact sheet for patients
GP mental health treatment plan sample template
Evaluation
Education and training

For more detailed information on the Better Access initiative MBS item descriptors and explanatory notes, visit the Department of Health's MBS Online website. MBS rebates are also available from MBS Online.

More information on this program is available by calling Medicare on 132 150 (for providers) or 132 011 (for patients).