Better Access to Psychiatrists, Psychologists and General Practitioners through the MBS (Better Access) initiative

The Better Access initiative provides better access to mental health practitioners through Medicare.

Page last updated: 10 December 2020

Medicare Benefits Schedule Better Access initiative – mental health support for aged care residents during the COVID-19 pandemic
Extending MBS mental health support for aged care residents

The purpose of the Better Access initiative is to improve treatment and management of mental illness within the community. The Better Access initiative is increasing community access to mental health

professionals and team-based mental health care, with general practitioners encouraged to work more closely and collaboratively with psychiatrists, clinical psychologists, registered psychologists and appropriately trained social workers and occupational therapists. Part of the Better Access funding has been allocated to education and training for health professionals.

New Better Access Telehealth Services

The Better Access initiative has been expanded to include new Medicare items to allow patients in rural and remote areas (Modified Monash Model areas 4-7) to access services through video conferencing. More information is available at Better Access Telehealth Services for people in rural and remote areas.

Better Access Fact sheets

Fact sheet for patients
Fact sheet for professionals
GP mental health treatment plan sample template
Education and training

For more detailed information on the Better Access initiative MBS item descriptors and explanatory notes, visit the Department of Health's MBS Online website. MBS rebates are also available from MBS Online.

More information on this program is available by calling Medicare on 132 150 (for providers) or 132 011 (for patients).