The National Institute of Labour Studies was commissioned to address Component C of the evaluation of the Better Access Initiative by providing a detailed analysis of any changes in the supply and distribution of the allied mental health workforce across Australia following the introduction of the Better Access initiative and to provide an analysis of the associated workforce implications.

The report proceeds as follows:

Table 1.7 Outline of tasks for Component C of the evaluation

Table 1.7 is presented as a list in this HTML version for accessibility reasons. It is presented as a table in the PDF version.

Tasks:
  • Methodology and scope of report - chapter 1

  • Describe the characteristics of the Better Access workforce (i.e. GPs, psychiatrists, clinical and registered psychologists, social workers and occupational therapists) (Data sources: ABS (2006 Census); MBS; and Registration Boards and Professional Association) - chapter 2

  • Provide an analysis of the extent to which the Better Access initiative has impacted on the supply and geographical distribution of the allied mental health workforce with particular reference to any impact of the Better Access initiative on State and Territory public specialised mental health workforce and the private allied mental health workforce (Data sources: MBS; and MHE NMDS) - chapter 3

  • With specific reference to the Better Access initiative, describe anticipated implications for future workforce trends, for example clinical training (Data source: consultations) - chapter 4

  • Describe the implications of the Better Access initiative in relation to workforce capabilities and capacity to provide early intervention and treatment of people with mental disorders within a primary care setting (Data source: critical evaluation of data) - chapter 5