Extra sessions under Better Access ‘lazy policy’: Butler

Mark Butler has described extra subsidised psychology sessions as 'lazy' policy, while admitting there is more need for mental health support
Australian Associated Press
Minister for Health and Aged Care Mark Butler.

Minister for Health and Aged Care Mark Butler has defended his decision to stop subsidising extra mental health treatment sessions under the Better Access scheme, saying it was “lazy policy”.

The former government raised the cap on Better Access treatment sessions from 10 to 20 in response to COVID-19, but it was reverted back last year after an independent review questioned the impact on wait times and clinical outcomes.