Consult GPs on mental health cuts: RACGP

The much-anticipated report, delivered the same day as the cuts took effect, said the Senate committee could not reach a consensus view on whether the controversial measures, which also reduced the number of MBS subsidised referral services under Better Access, would work.

The Greens and Coalition, who had called for the Senate inquiry following opposition from GPs, said it remained unclear if cutting back the Better Access program – to increase Access to Allied Psychological Services (ATAPS) – would work. Labor, in its minority report, said Better Access, which gives GPs carriage of mental health treatment, was overloaded and the changes were necessary.

Today RACGP president Dr Claire Jackson said the committee’s failure to agree on recommendations “clearly demonstrate[s] the urgent need for continued consultations with the profession in order to achieve true mental health reform”.

“The final Senate report