Some of you might be aware that in the recent budget, it was announced that the Medicare Better Access to Mental Health funding is being slashed by nearly half. That is to say that as it stands at the moment, people can access 6 - 12 sessions in a 12 month period, and an extra 6 sessions (totally 18) under exceptional circumstances.
The government have taken it upon themselves to slash that access back to 6 sessions, total, with a further 4 (totally 10) under exceptional circumstances.
Most Australians who require treatment by a mental health professional require more treatment sessions than the capped number of 18 that are currently on offer - let alone a measly 10. This contravenes all that we know about appropriate access to mental health services. In short, this is the biggest step backwards that this country has seen in Mental Health Services for 30 years, and Australia's mental health services were not that good to start off with.
So what can you do?
1. Sign our petition: http://www.gopetition.com/petitions/...hologists.html
2. VOTE at our GetUp campaign idea (comments are okay too, but you must VOTE for it to make a difference - 3 votes are better than 1): http://suggest.getup.org.au/forums/6...-psychologists
3. Send an email or write a letter to the Federal Minister for Mental Health (see the link for some easy options to do that): http://psyber.net.au/index.php/media...l-the-minister
4. Join the Facebook page - http://www.facebook.com/home.php?sk=...09575192408227
Please help. People need these sessions!