August 2020 Update

From 7 August 2020 until 31 March 2021, an additional 10 individual psychological therapy sessions are available to eligible people under the existing Better Access to Psychiatrists, Psychologists and General Practitioners through the MBS (Better Access) initiative.

To access these additional sessions, people must have an approved treatment plan (either a Mental Health Treatment Plan, shared care plan, psychiatrist assessment and management plan or approved written record) and have undertaken a review of this plan with their GP psychiatrist or paediatrician. You cannot claim these sessions withing 3 months of your previous plan or review.

This will allow patients to continue to receive mental health care from their eligible psychologist, GP or other eligible allied health worker.

The additional sessions are for people who have already used their 10 Better Access sessions in the calendar year and who are:

  • in an area subject to public health orders restricting their movement within a state or territory issued at any time from 1 July 2020 to 31 March 2021; or
  • required to isolate or quarantine under public health orders for at least 14 days.

The below factsheet provides guidance on these services –$File/COVID-19-Mental-Health-14Aug20.pdf