Journal article

Meeting demand for psychological services for people with depression and anxiety: recent developments in primary mental health care

Justine R Fletcher, Bridget Bassilios, Fay Kohn, Lucio Naccarella, Grant A Blashki, Philip M Burgess, Jane E Pirkis

MEDICAL JOURNAL OF AUSTRALIA | AUSTRALASIAN MED PUBL CO LTD | Published : 2008

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: To examine whether there was a reduction in demand for psychological services provided through the Access to Allied Psychological Services (ATAPS) projects after the introduction of the Better Access to Psychiatrists, Psychologists and General Practitioners through the Medicare Benefits Schedule (Better Access) program, and whether any such reduction was greater in urban than rural areas. DESIGN AND SETTING: A Division-level correlation analysis examining the relationship between the monthly number of sessions provided by allied health professionals through the ATAPS projects run by Divisions of General Practice, and allied health professional services reimbursed by Medicare Austr..

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