GPs the linchpin for mental health reform

As part of its recommendations, the report stated “priority should be given to the financing of multi-disciplinary primary care (through GPs and other primary health care organisations)”.

AMA president Dr Steve Hambleton said the report importantly acknowledged general practice as the "real engine room" of mental health care but told MO "we reiterate our disappointment in the government’s treatment of Better Access".

"What mental health care item numbers did was allow GPs to spend longer with patients,