Navigation Links
Mental Health Package Regrettably Undervalues the Role of the GP

AMA President, Dr Mukesh Haikerwal, said today the Government must make changes to its mental health package// if it is to be truly effective in meeting the needs of people with mental illness.

Details of the package were announced today by the Prime Minister, and the AMA welcomes the Government’s financial commitment to mental health care.

While the AMA is generally pleased with the package’s outcomes for patient access to psychiatrists and psychologists in team-based care, there are still major concerns about how the Government sees the role of GPs in mental health care.

Dr Haikerwal said the Government fails to understand that GPs are the main source of expert care for patients with mental illness and that they are the first place turned to for immediate, urgent care, as well as long-term management.

Instead of supporting GPs in this role the package is putting hurdles between patients and GP care they need, risking its viability.

“The Government is undervaluing the role of GPs in mental health, and has failed to recognise the unique skills and experience that GPs have in this area,” Dr Haikerwal said.

“We have spent considerable time convincing the Government of the package’s failings but they are yet to respond with changes.

“Significant numbers of people are cared for with mental illness in the community by GPs because of the absence of in-patient and support services.

“We have warned that a package that offers so much will be less effective without proper support for the role of GPs.

“The Government wants to impose complex requirements on GPs, including compulsory extra training.

“They are also seeking to introduce Medicare rebates for patients who see GPs for mental health care that are lower than those applicable to services from other health practitioners.

“Higher Medicare patient rebates would be available for patients who saw a psychologist with no medical training and limited experience, for instance, which highlights the inequity of the package.

“This demeans highly trained, qualified and experienced GPs.

“GPs provide ongoing holistic care for patients with a mental illness and this care should be valued accordingly,” Dr Haikerwal said.

The AMA re-affirmed a unanimous view from other GP groups consulted and will continue to lobby the Government for changes to the package to ensure maximum benefit for patients.



Source-Meindia
SRM
'"/>




Related medicine news :

1. Mental illness a key factor in suicide
2. Mental retardation linked to brain protein
3. Mental growth in babies at risk
4. Reduced Fatigue Boosts Mental Health
5. Mental Health Services for Children
6. Mentally Demanding Jobs Found To Reduce The Risk Of Alzheimer’
7. Diabetics To Seek Mental Counseling To Cope With Stress
8. Exercise Can Decrease Mental Decline
9. Low Socioeconomic Status May Lead To Mental Illness
10. Mental health may deteriorate as early as in the teens
11. Folic Acid Retards Mental Decline In Middle Aged Subjects
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:10/13/2017)... Milwaukee, WI (PRWEB) , ... October 13, 2017 , ... ... movement in medicine known as “patient engagement.” The patient is doing more than filling ... research partners. , “There is an increasing emphasis in health care and research ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... October 13, 2017 , ... ... process to promote standards of excellence for the field of eating disorders, announces ... 22 – 25, 2018 in Orlando, Florida at the Omni Resort at ChampionsGate. ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... October 13, 2017 , ... Lori R. ... a member of ElderCounsel, a national organization of elder law and special needs planning ... laws and rules. It also provides a forum to network with elder law attorneys ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... N.J. (PRWEB) , ... October 13, 2017 , ... The ... Holly Day Market. Featuring a collection of specialty vendors and unique items from across ... personalized and quality-focused health and wellness services offered by the VNA. The boutique ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... , ... October 13, 2017 , ... Yisrayl Hawkins, Pastor ... that explains one of the most popular and least understood books in the Holy ... and puzzling descriptions that have baffled scholars for centuries. Many have tossed it off ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:10/2/2017)... 2, 2017 The Rebound mobile app is poised ... reverse the tide of prescription drug addiction. The app empowers ... intake and stepping down their dosage in a safe, controlled ... December 2017; the first 100,000 people to sign up will ... http://www.rebound-solution.com/ ...
(Date:9/27/2017)... , Sept. 27, 2017  DarioHealth Corp. (NASDAQ: DRIO), a leading global ... that its MyDario product is expected to appear on The Dr. Oz ... Dr. Oz Show airs in your area: http://www.doctoroz.com/page/where-watch-dr-oz-show ... The nine-time Emmy award-winning, The Dr. Oz Show kicked ... The segment features ...
(Date:9/22/2017)... , Sept. 22, 2017  As the latest ... Senators Bill Cassidy (R-LA) and Lindsey ... notes that the medical device industry is in an ... device tax, the 2.3% excise tax on medical device ... they also want covered patients, increased visits and hospital ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: