RACGP GP Psych Support Funding Promised for Another Year
On behalf of the RACGP, I would like to thank Federal Health Minister Peter Dutton for committing to fund GP Psych Support for a further 12 months. The GP Psych Support service was shut down Thursday 31 October after the contract for the service expired.
Thanks to Minister Dutton’s quick action, and following the reassurance from the Department of Health (DoH), access to the service will be reinstated for all RACGP members once the RACGP and the DoH have completed necessary administration.
The GP Psych Support service, managed by the RACGP since 2006, provides GPs with critical access to quality patient management advice from psychiatrists 24 hours a day. Feedback from users has shown that GPs view the service as a highly valuable resource, and one that has been reinforced in the needs analysis recently undertaken by the RACGP on behalf of the DoH. We hope the Minister will pledge to continue funding the program beyond the current 12-month commitment.
The RACGP will advise its members via Fridayfacts and direct communication once the GP Psych Support service is again live.
Dr Elizabeth Marles