To what extent do you agree with the following statement:

Q27. Better Access has contributed to mental health services becoming more affordable

Q28. Better Access has contributed to more allied health professionals providing mental health services in the community

Q29. Better Access has contributed to more GPs providing mental health services

Q30. Better Access has contributed to psychiatrists being more accessible

Q31. Better Access has contributed to more culturally and linguistically diverse mental health services

Q32. Better Access has contributed to making mental health services more accessible for people with anxiety or depression related disorders

Q33. Better Access has contributed to making mental health services more accessible for people with substance use disorders

Q34. Better Access has contributed to making mental health services more accessible for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

Q35. Better Access has contributed to making mental health services more accessible for people living in rural communities

Q36. Better Access has contributed to making mental health services more accessible for people living in remote communities

Q27. To what extent do you agree with the following statement: the Better Access initiative has contributed to mental health services becoming more affordable.

Ninety-two per cent of respondents strongly agreed with the statement that the Better Access Initiative has contributed to mental health services becoming more affordable. Four percent of respondents disagreed with this statement. Three per cent of respondents reported that they were unsure and two per cent did not respond to this question.Top of page
RespondentsPer cent
Strongly agree
317
75%
Agree
70
17%
Unsure
12
3%
Disagree
7
2%
Strongly disagree
7
2%
Did not respond
7
2%
Grand Total
420
100%

Responses by occupation

Though social workers were less likely to report strong agreement with the statement of improved affordability, there was no significant difference2 across occupational groups in respect to overall agreement. 3
Strongly agree
Number
Strongly agree
Per cent
Agree
Number
Agree
Per cent
Unsure
Number
Unsure
Per cent
Disagree
Number
Disagree
Per cent
Strongly disagree
Number
Strongly disagree
Per cent
Did not respond
Number
Did not respond
Per cent
Total responses
Number
Total responses
Per cent
Clinical Psychologist
110
84%
15
11%
2
2%
0%
3
2%
1
1%
131
100%
Psychologist
114
86%
14
11%
1
1%
1
1%
2
2%
1
1%
133
100%
Social Worker
93
61%
41
27%
9
6%
6
4%
2
1%
2
1%
153
100%
Occupational Therapist
0%
0%
0%
0%
0%
1
100%
1
100%
Total responses
317
76%
70
17%
12
3%
7
2%
7
2%
5
1%
418
100%

Q28. To what extent do you agree with the following statement: the Better Access initiative has contributed to more allied health professionals (clinical psychologists, occupational therapists, psychologists and social workers) providing mental health services in the community.

Eighty eight per cent of respondents reported that they agreed with the statement that the Better Access Initiative has contributed to more allied health professional providing mental health services in the community. Two percent disagreed with this statement. Eight percent of respondents reported that they were unsure and two per cent did not respond to this question.
RespondentsPer cent
Strongly agree
242
58%
Agree
127
30%
Unsure
34
8%
Disagree
4
1%
Strongly disagree
5
1%
Did not respond
8
2%
Grand Total
420
100%
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Responses by occupation

Though relatively fewer social workers reported agreement with the statement of the Better Access Initiative contributing to more allied health professionals providing mental health services in the community, the difference was not significant4
Strongly agree
Number
Strongly agree
Per cent
Agree
Number
Agree
Per cent
Unsure
Number
Unsure
Per cent
Disagree
Number
Disagree
Per cent
Strongly disagree
Number
Strongly disagree
Per cent
Did not respond
Number
Did not respond
Per cent
Total responses
Number
Total responses
Per cent
Clinical Psychologist
78
60%
41
31%
8
6%
1
1%
2
2%
1
1%
131
100%
Psychologist
85
64%
37
28%
7
5%
2
2%
1
1%
1
1%
133
100%
Social Worker
79
52%
49
32%
19
12%
1
1%
2
1%
3
2%
153
100%
Occupational Therapist
0%
0%
0%
0%
0%
1
100%
1
100%
Total responses
242
58%
127
30%
34
8%
4
1%
5
1%
6
1%
418
100%

Q29. To what extent do you agree with the following statement: the Better Access initiative has contributed to more GPs providing mental health services.

Fifty one per cent of respondents reported that they agreed with the statement that the Better Access Initiative has contributed to more GPs providing mental health services. Eight per cent disagreed with this statement. Thirty seven per cent of respondents reported that they were unsure and one per cent did not respond to this question.
RespondentsPer cent
Strongly agree
93
22%
Agree
130
31%
Unsure
155
37%
Disagree
30
7%
Strongly disagree
6
1%
Did not respond
6
1%
Grand Total
420
100%

Responses by occupation

There was no significant difference5 in responses to this question between occupational groups.
Strongly agree
Number
Strongly agree
Per cent
Agree
Number
Agree
Per cent
Unsure
Number
Unsure
Per cent
Disagree
Number
Disagree
Per cent
Strongly disagree
Number
Strongly disagree
Per cent
Did not respond
Number
Did not respond
Per cent
Total responses
Number
Total responses
Per cent
Clinical Psychologist
22
17%
40
31%
51
39%
15
11%
3
2%
0%
131
100%
Psychologist
37
28%
41
31%
42
32%
8
6%
3
2%
2
2%
133
100%
Social Worker
34
22%
49
32%
62
41%
7
5%
0%
1
1%
153
100%
Occupational Therapist
0%
0%
0%
0%
0%
1
100%
1
100%
Total responses
93
22%
130
31%
155
37%
30
7%
6
1%
4
1%
418
100%
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Q30. To what extent do you agree with the following statement: the Better Access initiative has contributed to psychiatrists being more accessible.

Twenty five per cent of respondents agreed with the statement that the Better Access Initiative had contributed to psychiatrists being more accessible. Thirty three per cent disagreed with this statement. Fifty per cent per cent of respondents reported that they were unsure and two per cent did not respond to this question.
RespondentsPer cent
Strongly agree
17
4%
Agree
46
11%
Unsure
210
50%
Disagree
87
21%
Strongly disagree
50
12%
Did not respond
10
2%
Grand Total
420
100%

Responses by occupation

There was no significant difference6 in responses to this question between occupational groups.
Strongly agree
Number
Strongly agree
Per cent
Agree
Number
Agree
Per cent
Unsure
Number
Unsure
Per cent
Disagree
Number
Disagree
Per cent
Strongly disagree
Number
Strongly disagree
Per cent
Did not respond
Number
Did not respond
Per cent
Total responses
Number
Total responses
Per cent
Clinical Psychologist
4
3%
17
13%
70
53%
27
21%
12
9%
1
1%
131
100%
Psychologist
9
7%
11
8%
60
45%
27
20%
24
18%
2
2%
133
100%
Social Worker
4
3%
18
12%
80
52%
33
22%
14
9%
4
3%
153
100%
Occupational Therapist
0%
0%
0%
0%
0%
1
100%
1
100%
Total responses
17
4%
46
11%
210
50%
87
21%
50
12%
8
2%
418
100%

Q31. To what extent do you agree with the following statement: the Better Access initiative has contributed to more culturally and linguistically diverse mental health services.

Twenty five per cent of respondents agreed with the statement that the Better Access Initiative had contributed to more culturally and linguistically diverse mental health services. Fifteen per cent disagreed with this statement. Fifty eight per cent of respondents reported that they were unsure and two per cent did not respond to this question.
RespondentsPer cent
Strongly agree
27
6%
Agree
80
19%
Unsure
244
58%
Disagree
44
10%
Strongly disagree
19
5%
Did not respond
6
1%
Grand Total
420
100%
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Responses by occupation

There was no significant difference7 in responses to this question between occupational groups.
Strongly agree
Number
Strongly agree
Per cent
Agree
Number
Agree
Per cent
Unsure
Number
Unsure
Per cent
Disagree
Number
Disagree
Per cent
Strongly disagree
Number
Strongly disagree
Per cent
Did not respond
Number
Did not respond
Per cent
Total responses
Number
Total responses
Per cent
Clinical Psychologist
12
9%
24
18%
78
60%
13
10%
4
3%
0%
131
100%
Psychologist
8
6%
29
22%
74
56%
15
11%
6
5%
1
1%
133
100%
Social Worker
7
5%
27
18%
92
60%
16
10%
9
6%
2
1%
153
100%
Occupational Therapist
0%
0%
0%
0%
0%
1
100%
1
100%
Total responses
27
6%
80
19%
244
58%
44
11%
19
5%
4
1%
418
100%

Q32. To what extent do you agree with the following statement: the Better Access initiative has contributed to making mental health services more accessible for people with anxiety or depression related disorders.

Ninety six per cent of respondents agreed with the statement that the Better Access Initiative had contributed to making mental health services more accessible for people with anxiety or depression related disorders. One per cent disagreed with this statement. Two per cent of respondents reported that they were unsure.
RespondentsPer cent
Strongly agree
314
75%
Agree
90
21%
Unsure
9
2%
Disagree
2
0%
Strongly disagree
3
1%
Did not respond
2
0%
Grand Total
420
100%

Responses by occupation

There was no significant difference8 in responses to this question between occupational groups.
Strongly agree
Number
Strongly agree
Per cent
Agree
Number
Agree
Per cent
Unsure
Number
Unsure
Per cent
Disagree
Number
Disagree
Per cent
Strongly disagree
Number
Strongly disagree
Per cent
Did not respond
Number
Did not respond
Per cent
Total responses
Number
Total responses
Per cent
Clinical Psychologist
105
80%
21
16%
2
2%
1
1%
2
2%
0%
131
100%
Psychologist
107
80%
22
17%
2
2%
1
1%
1
1%
0%
133
100%
Social Worker
102
67%
47
31%
4
3%
0%
0%
0%
153
100%
Occupational Therapist
0%
0%
1
100%
0%
0%
0%
1
100%
Total responses
314
75%
90
22%
9
2%
2
0%
3
1%
0%
418
100%
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Q33. To what extent do you agree with the following statement: the Better Access initiative has contributed to making mental health services more accessible for people with substance use disorders.

Sixty one per cent of respondents agreed that Better Access had contributed to making health services more accessible for people with substance use disorders. Seven per cent disagreed with this statement. Thirty per cent of respondents reported that they were unsure and two per cent did not respond to this question.
RespondentsPer cent
Strongly agree
104
25%
Agree
153
36%
Unsure
126
30%
Disagree
26
6%
Strongly disagree
4
1%
Did not respond
7
2%
Grand Total
420
100%

Responses by occupation

There was no significant difference9 in responses to this question between occupational groups.
Strongly agree
Number
Strongly agree
Per cent
Agree
Number
Agree
Per cent
Unsure
Number
Unsure
Per cent
Disagree
Number
Disagree
Per cent
Strongly disagree
Number
Strongly disagree
Per cent
Did not respond
Number
Did not respond
Per cent
Total responses
Number
Total responses
Per cent
Clinical Psychologist
39
30%
49
37%
35
27%
5
4%
2
2%
1
1%
131
100%
Psychologist
42
32%
46
35%
36
27%
6
5%
2
2%
1
1%
133
100%
Social Worker
23
15%
58
38%
55
36%
15
10%
0%
2
1%
153
100%
Occupational Therapist
0%
0%
0%
0%
0%
1
100%
1
100%
Total responses
104
25%
153
37%
126
30%
26
6%
4
1%
5
1%
418
100%

Q34. To what extent do you agree with the following statement: the Better Access initiative has contributed to making mental health services more accessible for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Thirty per cent of respondents agreed with the statement that the Better Access Initiative had contributed to making health services more accessible for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Fourteen per cent disagreed with this statement. Sixty five per cent of respondents reported that they were unsure and one per cent did not respond to this question.
RespondentsPer cent
Strongly agree
37
9%
Agree
47
11%
Unsure
272
65%
Disagree
53
13%
Strongly disagree
6
1%
Did not respond
5
1%
Grand Total
420
100%
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Responses by occupation

Though proportionally less social workers agreed that the Better Access Initiative had contributed to services being more accessible for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, the difference was not significant10.
Strongly agree
Number
Strongly agree
Per cent
Agree
Number
Agree
Per cent
Unsure
Number
Unsure
Per cent
Disagree
Number
Disagree
Per cent
Strongly disagree
Number
Strongly disagree
Per cent
Did not respond
Number
Did not respond
Per cent
Total responses
Number
Total responses
Per cent
Clinical Psychologist
15
11%
17
13%
87
66%
11
8%
1
1%
0%
131
100%
Psychologist
16
12%
17
13%
81
61%
17
13%
0%
2
2%
133
100%
Social Worker
6
4%
13
8%
104
68%
25
16%
5
3%
0%
153
100%
Occupational Therapist
0%
0%
0%
0%
0%
1
100%
1
100%
Total responses
37
9%
47
11%
272
65%
53
13%
6
1%
3
1%
418
100%

Q35. To what extent do you agree with the following statement: the Better Access initiative has contributed to making mental health services more accessible for people living in rural communities.

Thirty seven per cent of respondents agreed with the statement that the Better Access Initiative had contributed to making health services more accessible for people living in rural communities. Ten per cent disagreed with this statement. Fifty two per cent of respondents reported that they were unsure and two per cent did not respond to this question.
RespondentsPer cent
Strongly agree
67
16%
Agree
88
21%
Unsure
217
52%
Disagree
32
8%
Strongly disagree
9
2%
Did not respond
7
2%
Grand Total
420
100%

Responses by occupation

There was no significant difference11 in responses to this question between occupational groups.
Strongly agree
Number
Strongly agree
Per cent
Agree
Number
Agree
Per cent
Unsure
Number
Unsure
Per cent
Disagree
Number
Disagree
Per cent
Strongly disagree
Number
Strongly disagree
Per cent
Did not respond
Number
Did not respond
Per cent
Total responses
Number
Total responses
Per cent
Clinical Psychologist
23
18%
25
19%
69
53%
11
8%
2
2%
1
1%
131
100%
Psychologist
18
14%
37
28%
65
49%
9
7%
3
2%
1
1%
133
100%
Social Worker
26
17%
26
17%
83
54%
12
8%
4
3%
2
1%
153
100%
Occupational Therapist
0%
0%
0%
0%
0%
1
100%
1
100%
Total responses
67
16%
88
21%
217
52%
32
8%
9
2%
5
1%
418
100%
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Q36. To what extent do you agree with the following statement: the Better Access initiative has contributed to making mental health services more accessible for: People living in remote communities.

Fourteen per cent of respondents agreed with the statement that the Better Access Initiative had contributed to making health services more accessible for people living in remote communities. Fourteen per cent disagreed with this statement. Seventy per cent of respondents reported that they were unsure and one per cent did not respond to this question.
RespondentsPer cent
Strongly agree
30
7%
Agree
31
7%
Unsure
294
70%
Disagree
39
9%
Strongly disagree
21
5%
Did not respond
5
1%
Grand Total
420
100%

Responses by occupation

There was no significant difference12 in responses to this question between occupational groups.
Strongly agree
Number
Strongly agree
Per cent
Agree
Number
Agree
Per cent
Unsure
Number
Unsure
Per cent
Disagree
Number
Disagree
Per cent
Strongly disagree
Number
Strongly disagree
Per cent
Did not respond
Number
Did not respond
Per cent
Total responses
Number
Total responses
Per cent
Clinical Psychologist
10
8%
9
7%
91
69%
14
11%
7
5%
0%
131
100%
Psychologist
10
8%
9
7%
96
72%
11
8%
6
5%
1
1%
133
100%
Social Worker
10
7%
13
8%
107
70%
14
9%
8
5%
1
1%
153
100%
Occupational Therapist
0%
0%
0%
0%
0%
1
100%
1
100%
Total responses
30
7%
31
7%
294
70%
39
9%
21
5%
3
1%
418
100%

Footnotes

2 Chi-squared 8.56, Degrees of freedom = 4, P= 0.07.
3 Two respondents did not provide an occupation, resulting in total responses by occupation (418 responses) being less than the overall total of 420 responses.
4 Chi-squared 6.10, Degrees of freedom = 4, P= 0.19
5 Chi-squared 3.52, Degrees of freedom = 4, P= 0.46
6 Chi-squared 0.86, Degrees of freedom = 4, P= 0.93
7 Chi-squared 1.35, Degrees of freedom = 4, P= 0.85
8 Chi-squared 0.66, Degrees of freedom = 4, P= 0.96
9 Chi-squared 5.89, Degrees of freedom = 4, P= 0.21
10 Chi-squared 8.15, Degrees of freedom = 4, P= 0.09
11 Chi-squared 1.47, Degrees of freedom = 4, P= 0.83
12 Chi-squared 0.14, Degrees of freedom = 4, P= 0.998