Journal article

Why did Divisions of General Practice implement some Access to Allied Psychological Services mental health initiatives and not others?

Kylie King, Angela Nicholas, Justine Fletcher, Bridget Bassilios, Lennart Reifels, Grant Blashki, Jane Pirkis

AUSTRALIAN HEALTH REVIEW | CSIRO PUBLISHING | Published : 2015

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: The Access to Allied Psychological Services (ATAPS) programs implemented through Divisions of General Practice (now Medicare Locals) enables general practitioners (GPs) to refer consumers with high-prevalence mental disorders for up to 12 individual and/or group sessions of evidence-based mental health care. The great strength of ATAPS is its ability to target vulnerable and hard-to-reach populations. Several initiatives have been introduced that focus on particular at-risk populations. This study aimed to determine the factors that had influenced Divisions' decisions to implement the various Tier 2 initiatives. METHODS: An online survey was sent to all Divisions. The survey conta..

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