Better Access failing to reach half of most needy

Since its inception, $1.6 billion has been spent on Better Access, far exceeding the original $538 million estimate, yet patients were still underserved, Associate Professor Nick Glozier told the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists’ annual congress last week.

“The cost blowout is enormous,” Professor Glozier said.

“There are two booming industries in this country: there’s mining and there’s psychology.”