GP adviser resigns over mental health rebate cuts

THE Gillard Government’s plan to cut rebates for GP mental health plans under the Better Access scheme has suffered a blow, with the general practice representative on its expert advisory group resigning over the controversial measure.

Brisbane GP Dr Christine McAuliffe quit her post on the Expert Advisory Group on Mental Health earlier this week, as her peers ramp up their fight against the unpopular cost-saving measure to help fund the $2.2 billion mental health package.

AMA president and fellow Queensland GP, Dr Steve