Positive findings of Better Access report questioned

EXPERTS are questioning the findings of a report on the beleaguered Better Access mental health program which shows improved outcomes for people treated under the scheme.

The evaluation of the $1.45 billion Better Access program, conducted by researchers from the University of Melbourne and University of Queensland, was released by the Federal Health Department this week.

It showed more than two million Australians have received Better Access services since the program started in late 2006.

A survey of Better Access users – recruited by GPs,