Supplementary Submission: Commonwealth Funding and Administration of Mental Health Services

20 Sep 2011

Supplementary Submission to the Senate Community Affairs References Committee Inquiry into Commonwealth Funding and Administration of Mental Health Services

During Senate Inquiry hearings into the Commonwealth’s Funding and Administration of Mental Health Services the AMA was asked to make a further submission regarding 2011/12 Budget cuts to Medicare rebates for GP mental health services under the Better Access Program. The AMA has lodged a submission addressing the questions raised by Senators including additional comment on:

  • Department of Health Ageing analysis confirming that the 2011/12 Budget provided only modest additional funding for mental health and used cuts to Medicare rebates for mental health services to help pay for the mental health package.
  • The inappropriate use of BEACH data to justify the cuts.
  • Online services as treatment or an information/education platform.
  • Intellectual Disability Health Check Medicare item.