GPs remain ‘heavily involved’ in depression care: BEACH data

A study comparing primary care management under Better Access with that under the previous Better Outcomes program showed that use of mental health care items rose from one per 500 depression encounters to one in six encounters.

However, referrals to psychologists have increased sixfold while referrals to psychiatrists have halved.

The analysis of Bettering the Evaluation and Care of Health (BEACH) data between 1998 and 2011 found depression management increased 16% for advantaged major city patients and 21.5% for disadvantaged non-major city patients, however