Men­tal-health boost

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - News -

Peo­ple liv­ing in ru­ral ar­eas will now qual­ify for a Medi­care re­bate when ac­cess­ing men­tal-health treat­ment.

The new tele­health re­bate will be in place for re­gional Aus­tralians seek­ing men­tal-health con­sul­ta­tions via on­line video­con­fer­enc­ing.

Mem­ber for Mallee Andrew Broad said the new pro­gram meant many peo­ple across the Wim­mera-mallee and Mil­dura would have an easier way of ac­cess­ing care.

“Un­der the new Bet­ter Ac­cess pro­gram, seven out of 10 ses­sions can be avail­able via tele­health. That is a huge weight off the shoul­ders of many re­gional pa­tients who have al­ways had to travel a great dis­tance to their ap­point­ments,” he said.

Con­sul­ta­tions with psy­chol­o­gists, so­cial work­ers and oc­cu­pa­tional ther­a­pists will be avail­able via tele­health.

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