Public asked to join battle against mental health cuts

MILLIONS of Australians will be enlisted by their GP to help overturn the Federal Government’s Budget plan to slash Medicare rebates for mental health consultations.

A nationwide campaign involving posters in GP waiting rooms and discussions with patients on the cuts  is expected to begin shortly, after a recent crisis meeting of United General Practice Australia (UGPA) members – the umbrella group for Australia’s six peak GP bodies.

The AMA has already written to all federal MPs and senators urging them to reject the cuts and seek alternative savings from GP super clinic and Medicare Locals funding.

It comes as the Government prepares for intense questioning on the fine print of its $2.2 billion mental health package in Senate estimates hearings this week. 

Greens health spokesperson Senator Rachel Siewert, whose support Labor needs to pass the measures, told MO if the Government failed to justify the cuts, her