Towards Wellbeing

Better Access

APMHA HealthCare Ltd. has a network of Better Access eligible and experienced clinicians available across Australia. Our extensive network of clinicians ensures a timely response, tailored to need, can be provided as required across Australia. Our strategic alliances and partnerships were designed with the intention of providing programs as efficiently, effectively and economically as possible.

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.

Australian Government, Department of Health website, 2015

Important MBS Update for Better Access

NEW ITEM NUMBERS FOR Telehealth Focussed Psychological Strategies Services. 

This information provides an update on the newly released telehealth focussed psychological strategies MBS video consultation items by psychologists, occupational therapists and social workers. A video consultation involves a single psychologist, occupational therapist or social worker attending a patient, or a group of 6 to 10 patients. 

MBS items numbers 80101, 80111, 80121, 80126, 80136, 80146, 80151, 80161 and 80171 provide for attendance via videoconferencing to a patient, or a group of 6 to 10 patients.

These therapies are time limited, being deliverable in up to seven planned sessions in a calendar year (including services to which items 80001, 80011, 80101, 80111, 80126, 80136, 80151 and 80161 apply), with at least one face-to-face consultation (to which items 2721, 2723, 2725, 2727, 80000, 80005, 80010, 80015, 80100, 80105, 80110, 80115, 80125, 80130, 80135, 80140, 80150, 80155, 80160 and 80165 apply) to be conducted within the first four sessions.

Patients will also be eligible to claim up to seven separate services within a calendar year for group therapy services involving 6-10 patients to which items 80021 (psychological therapy via video conference – clinical psychologist), 80121 (focussed psychological strategies via video conference – psychologist), 80146 (focussed psychological strategies via video conference – occupational therapist) and 80171 (focussed psychological strategies via video conference – social worker) apply. These group services are separate from the individual services and do not count towards the seven individual services per calendar year maximum associated with those items. 

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