Recommendation for free 'preventative' psychology sessions

The Medicare Benefits Schedule Review - Mental Health Reference Group this week released its report. The report includes a recommendation that people who have not been diagnosed with a mental illness should be able to access 10 Medicare-funded therapy sessions a year.

The also notes that 10 sessions is not enough to improve clinical outcomes in cases of moderate to severe mental illness.

This proposal has been welcomed by Professor Allan Fels (former chair of the National Mental Health Commission and patron of Mental Health Victoria), and by the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP); however prominent mental health advocates including Professor Ian Hickie (University of Sydney - Brain and Mind Centre), and Professor Patrick McGorry have voiced their concern, arguing that the proposal overlooks the most needy.