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Inner regional

Clinical Psychologist Inner Regional, VIC
As a Clinical Psychologist, I am asked to work with the full range of mental health disorders, therefore the option to extend to a full 48 sessions would seem warranted, as opposed to non-specialist psychologists, occupational therapist and social workers (#159)

Clinical Psychologist Inner Regional, WA
Item 2712 is unnecessary. Require a 90min+consultation item. GP referral is unnecessary. Travel and administrative time needs to be covered. Bulk billing in a rural situation so as to provide access for psychological treatment requires compensation. (#417)

Clinical Psychologist Inner Regional, NSW
My practice is in a rural area. Most of my clients now have Mental Health plans, however, there has been no significant change in the type of client that I am seeing in terms of their demographics. (#19)

Clinical Psychologist Inner Regional, NSW
There is a significant shortage of Clinical Psychologist in rural areas. (#18)

Psychologist Inner Regional, VIC
I found the above questions difficult to answer, because you failed to provide a 'not applicable' or 'not relevant' option. I don't work with people in remote areas, nor Torres Strait Islander people, nor people from C & LDB, so I can't accurately answer. (#34)

Psychologist Inner Regional, VIC
Putting clinical psychs on higher level is not supported by any evidence. I am a counselling psychologist with more training and experience than most clinicals, but am considered a 'registered psychologist' only. (#17)

Psychologist Inner Regional TAS
Sorry about the content of the survey - very light-on in terms of teasing out some of the difficulties. We have an excess of clients wanting to access the BA initiative, but not enough allied health professionals and no psychiatrists in pp. (#178)

Psychologist Inner Regional VIC
The two tier rebate system for clinical and generalist psychologists is unfounded and discriminatory. As a "generalist" psychologist in a regional area I receive referrals for people with chronic and complex mental health problems. (#123)

Social Worker Inner Regional VIC
Needs to be an incentive to bulkbill as per what GPs get to increase accessibility for people on healthcare cards. Social workers need to be renumerated on the same rate as Psychologists. (# 312)

Social Worker Inner Regional NSW
I undertake a number of home visits under Better Access. These are to the aged, those with transport or mobility issues, and those people who do not have the capacity to attend appointments in an office. (#392)

Social Worker Inner Regional QLD
Another positive has been building closer relationships between GPs and Allied Health Providers. With regard to fees, I don't understand the rationale for Social Workers and Occupational Therapists receiving a lower rate than psychologists when they are . . . . (incomplete comment) (#360)
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Social Worker Inner Regional NSW
Better access has given people in rural and remote communities (rrc's) access to services that were just not available to them previously (I work in such an area). Most people in these areas are very poor and bulk billing is essential. (#291)

Social Worker Inner Regional QLD
Differential rebates for psychologist and social workers and occupational therapists is a continuing lack of parity and limits the number of bulk billing clients that social workers and OT's can carry. (#252)

Social Worker Inner Regional QLD
I am puzzled as to why several GPs in my area don't refer patients to anyone for mental health problems. (#314)

Social Worker Inner Regional TAS
I believe that the therapy I do as a social worker is often more effective than some of the more rigid approaches of psychology. I have a Master of Social Work - 7 years' university study and many years tertiary study in therapies. Why do I receive less rebate? (#315)

Social Worker Inner Regional TAS
I have been bulk billing a number of clients that otherwise would not be able to access services. The problem I come across is when I am doing assessments for the paediatricians. There is about 4 hours work in scoring assessments such as for Asperger's. (#353)

Social Worker Inner Regional TAS
I have found it very difficult to access referrals. GP's specialists appear very interested and then simply don't refer. I would question if it is related to me being Social Work Trained because the question always arises as to whether I am psychology . . . . (incomplete comment) (#343)

Social Worker Inner Regional TAS
I noted the information on mental health care plans as 'fair' - it varies from poor - virtually nothing written - to very good. Most GPs provide adequate information. (#407)

Social Worker Inner Regional VIC
This initiative has made high quality counselling available to people who are struggling financially. Especially as some counsellors bulk bill clients. (#375)

Outer regional

Clinical Psychologist Outer Regional SA
Accessing Better Access in the area I work is dependent on the attitude of the GPs toward mental health and psychotherapy. I find some see the value and some don't and prefer to rely on medication only. (#124)

Clinical Psychologist Outer Regional NT
Better Access should also provide for older people with depression along with dementia; or anxiety and depression related to stroke etc. It needs to be better promoted amongst individuals who come from CALD backgrounds. (#127)

Clinical Psychologist Outer Regional QLD
The majority of my clients come through better Access referral and would not have been able to afford private psychological services without the scheme - especially young people and older people. I believe this has made an important difference to health outcomes (#377)

Psychologist Outer Regional QLD
As a private practitioner I have found that the Better Access Initiative has decreased my income as most individuals request bulk billing, which has led to my hourly rate going from $180 per hour to $78 per hour as doctors are referring people who cannot afford to pay full fee (#58)
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Psychologist Outer Regional VIC
Despite this, some GPs are still "too busy" to make full use of the initiative such that the gatekeepers are not referring until the patients reach crisis point. (#86)

Psychologist Outer Regional WA
My clients report that they are highly appreciative of the Better Access Initiative. (#244)

Psychologist Outer Regional NSW
The Better Access initiative has meant that these services can be provided in the regional and remote community in which I both live and practice. I also want noted that I bulk bill most individuals. (#126)

Social Worker Outer Regional WA
As a private practitioner working in an allied health practice of four people - and pre-dating the Better Access initiative - I can confidently assert that Better Access has improved significantly access to appropriate mental health services for the people. (#324)

Social Worker Outer Regional TAS
As I am rather remote from many others in private practice, it is difficult for me to answer some of the questions. The initiative has certainly enabled most of the people I see to access support that they otherwise would not be able to. (#338)

Social Worker Outer Regional TAS
There is a definite lack in all areas for the provisions of service for most groups in the north west coast of Tasmania with the lack of service providers and mental health facilities in this region. The lack of adequately qualified and trained clinician . . . . (incomplete comment) (#298)

Social Worker Outer Regional QLD
Yes I have a strong view that reports to doctors as part of referrals should be paid for by Medicare. It is unacceptable that we are required to complete these reports without remuneration. (#358)

Remote

Psychologist Remote NT
In my opinion, Better Access has transformed the public's access to psychologists in private practice and has vastly increased the public's ability to choose between treatment approaches and different psychologists - more likely resulting in better client- outcomes (#72)