It's GPs' fault psychologists want to write care plans

Poor-quality mental health management in primary care is more common than it should be, says this GP registrar

A heated discussion erupted between GPs and psychologists a few months ago after the latter’s professional body said it wanted MBS funding for psychologists to develop and write their own GP mental health care plans.

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In its submission to the MBS Review Taskforce, the Australian Psychological Society stressed that the care plans would still require a GP referral after a basic patient review, but it wanted psychologists to be given free rein on the plans themselves because of the “variable quality of assessments in GP mental health treatment plans”

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