Journal article

Evaluating the Better Access Initiative: What do Consumers Have to Say?

Maria Ftanou, Michelle Williamson, Anna Machlin, Deborah Warr, Jo Christo, Lani Castan, Meredith Harris, Bridget Bassilios, Jane Pirkis

AUSTRALIAN SOCIAL WORK | ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD | Published : 2014

Abstract

The Better Access to Psychiatrists, Psychologists and General Practitioners through the Medicare Benefits Schedule initiative (Better Access) aims to improve outcomes for people with common mental disorders by encouraging a multidisciplinary approach to their mental health care. The current paper presents consumers' views on Better Access. A total of 936 consumers completed a structured survey or took part in an interview about their experiences with Better Access. Participants appreciated the fact that Better Access made psychological care affordable. They accessed services because they had clear mental health symptoms, often exacerbated by stressful life events. Most were impressed by the ..

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