Alarm over mental health funding

The squeeze on ATAPS has continued to spread, with Gold Coast Medicare Local (GCML) confirming that in January it had informed GPs in the area that it had been forced to temporarily halt referrals.

The confirmation comes after MO revealed last week that the neighbouring Greater Metro South Brisbane Medicare Local (GMSBML) had similarly been forced to stop taking ATAPS referrals for four weeks because of overwhelming demand.

GCML told MO that GPs “will be notified shortly that there are now services available

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