Impact of Australia's better outcomes in mental health care program on psychologists

Jane Pirkis, David Stokes, Belinda Morley, Fay Kohn, Rebecca Mathews, Lucio Naccarella, Grant Andrew Blashki, Kerrie Shandley, Lyn Littlefield, Philip Burgess

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The impact on psychologists of the Access to Allied Psychological Services (ATAPS) component of the Better Outcomes in Mental Health Care program is explored. ATAPS supports psychologists and general practitioners to work together to provide optimal mental health care. The paper was informed by data from a project based minimum dataset, local project evaluation reports, a forum, a survey of projects, and a survey of Australian Psychological Society members. These data showed that a significant number of psychologists are providing services through the projects, and the majority are finding it a positive and professionally rewarding experience. The major problem identified by psychologists is the level of remuneration. The program is currently moving into a new phase of continuation and expansion. In the main, the data suggest that the status quo should be retained, but the issue of remuneration must be addressed. (Journal abstract, edited)
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)152 - 159
Number of pages8
JournalAustralian Psychologist
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2006

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