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    jillian Horton

    While the Federal Budget allocated new funding into mental health, what it did not announce was the cuts in the number of Medicare supported sessions for a person to obtain treatment from psychologists. The Federal Government is ignoring the results and feedback from its own comprehensive Post-implementation review of the Better Access scheme which concluded: that the psychological services were cost-effective, reached a wide range of people in need, treated mostly people with moderate to severe (not mild to moderate) mental health problems (mostly depression and/or anxiety) and that the MBS was the most efficient and effective means to providing these services. Why has the Governmnet cut such a successful and highly sort after program? The Post-implementation Review of the Better Access intiative was released in April 2011 and can be found on the Department of Health and Aging website. Please investigate this tradegy of cutbacks before it is set in concrete.

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    Dr. Jillian Horton
    Clinical Psychologist WA

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