The Government's intention to review Medicare expenditure on mental health was today welcomed by Australian psychologists.
‘We are strong proponents of evidence based practice,' said Amanda Gordon, President of the Australian Psychological Society. ‘It makes good sense to review health expenditure for effectiveness and we will assist the Government in any review.'
‘The number of people seeking help from psychologists following the introduction of psychology items under Medicare did surprise everyone, and clearly demonstrates the previously unmet need in the community,' said Gordon.
‘A research-based review should identify opportunities to make sure spending on mental health under Medicare is being used as effectively as possible without decreasing access to effective psychological services by those members of the community in genuine need of such services.'
‘We are confident that the Rudd Government does not intend to cut access to psychological services for ordinary Australians who depend on Medicare support for this.'
The APS is the largest professional association for psychologists in Australia, representing more than 15,700 members. The APS is committed to advancing psychology as a discipline and profession. It spreads the message that psychologists make a difference to peoples' lives, through improving psychological knowledge and community wellbeing.
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