AAPi Director Dr Katrina Norris was featured in the Daily Telegraph today addressing concerns around the reduction in Better Access sessions from 1 January 2023.
‘The additional Covid 10 psychology sessions are not the reason it’s harder to get an appointment with a psychologist.
• There was already an increase in wait times to access psychology services pre-pandemic and the pandemic exacerbated this;
• The pandemic increased the need for services under Better Access due to its impact on mental health (of existing patients and new patients); and,
• The additional 10 sessions were not introduced as a solution to wait times but instead as a measure to ensure people with worsening mental health received adequate treatment over this period’
Read the full article here.