EXTENDING MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT FOR AGED CARE RESIDENTS DURING COVID-19

Expanded eligibility requirements for the Better Access to Psychiatrists, Psychologists and General Practitioners through MBS (Better Access)

Page last updated: 18 May 2022

From 10 December 2020 to 31 December 2022, the Australian Government has expanded eligibility requirements for the Better Access to Psychiatrists, Psychologists and General Practitioners through the Medicare Benefits Schedule (Better Access) initiative to allow aged care residents to access up to 20 Medicare subsidised individual psychological services each calendar year.

The expansion recognises the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the mental health and wellbeing of people in residential aged care, and addresses recommendations from the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety’s Aged Care and COVID-19 special report. Psychological services will be provided by eligible general practitioners, other medical practitioners, psychologists, social workers or occupational therapists.


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