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Managing mental health

Psychological services available under Better Access

Better Access has introduced a range of Medicare rebates for services provided by different allied mental health providers, divided into two types of services – psychological therapy and FPS.

Psychological therapies

Psychological therapies can be provided by a clinical psychologist (as defined by the Australian Psychological Society), and are more broadly defined than are FPS. The MBS recommends that clinical psychologists using these items provide psycho-education and cognitive behaviour therapy. However, other evidence-based therapies, such as interpersonal therapy, may be used if considered clinically relevant by the psychologist.

Focussed Psychological Strategies

Focussed Psychological Strategies are specific mental health care management strategies, derived from evidence based psychological therapies, that have been shown to integrate the best external evidence of clinical effectiveness with general practice clinical expertise.