GP referrals under Better Access initiative

1 Jul 2021

GPs are reminded that when referring patients for treatment under the Better Access Initiative, that the number of sessions the patient is being referred for must be included on the referral.  

While there is no single template for referrals, the Department of Health advises that referrals should include the following information: 

  • Patient’s name 

  • Patient’s date of birth 

  • Patient’s address 

  • Diagnosis 

  • List of any current medications 

  • Number of sessions the patient is being referred for. 

More information about the Better Access to Psychiatrists, Psychologists and General Practitioners through the MBS (Better Access) initiative is available from this fact sheet.  

Residents in aged care facilities are still eligible for access to up to 20 Medicare subsidised individual psychological sessions each calendar year as part of the government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

More information about Medicare Benefits Schedule Better Access initiative – mental health support for aged care residents during the COVID-19 pandemic is available here.