Call for more online psych services
GREATER investment in online psychological treatments could prove a novel way for the Federal Government to meet growing demand for mental health services without incurring major budget blowouts, psychologists have argued.
Ahead of the May federal Budget, Professor David Kavanagh, chair of the Australian Psychological Society’s telephone and Internet counselling group, said psychologists providing online services were “stumbling from short-term funding to short-term funding”.
Online psychological services should be recognised as part of the service mix, and should receive guaranteed, long-term funding accordingly, he said.
“We can see that these are remarkably effective programs and in many cases are getting the same benefits as you get for face-to-face treatment, at a fraction of the cost,” he said.
Professor Kavanagh declined to say how much more was needed, maintaining only that funding must be long