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INFORMATION SHEET February 2009 Credentialled Mental health Nurses, Medicare and other Commonwealth Funded Programs
Credentialed MHNs can contact Medicare to obtain a provider number and detailed information about accessing government programs.
Mental Health Nurse Incentive Program
The Mental Health Nurse Incentive Program provides a non-MBS incentive payment to community based general practices, private psychiatrist services and other appropriate organisations (such as Divisions of General Practice) who engage mental health nurses to assist in the provision of coordinated clinical care for people with severe mental disorders.
Better Outcomes in Mental Health Care - Access to Allied Psychological Services (ATAPS)
ATAPS enables GPs under the Better Outcomes in Mental Health Care (BOiMHC) program to refer consumers to allied health professionals who deliver focussed psychological strategies.
Divisions of General Practice act as fund holders for ATAPS projects and are allocated an annual budget, through Funding Agreements with the Australian Government, to broker allied mental health services for patients referred by GPs who are assessed as having a mental disorder. Therefore, the allied health professional is paid through the Division, and it is up to the Division to determine the level of payment
Enhanced Primary Care (EPC)
Medicare rebates are available for a range of allied health services provided for people with a chronic medical condition and complex care needs who are being managed by their GP under an enhanced Primary Care (EPC) plan. This includes follow-up services for people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island descent who have had a health assessment conducted by their GP in which the GP has identified a need for follow-up allied health services. Credentialed Mental Health Nurses need to be registered with Medicare Australia to provide services under this initiative.
Aged Care Access Initiative Program (ACAI)
The ACAI aims to improve access to primary care services for residents of Commonwealth-funded aged care facilities. A payment is available for clinical care provided by allied health professionals where services in aged care facilities are not paid for through Medicare or other government funding arrangements. This is managed by the Divisions of General
Practice State Based Organisations (SBOs) in each state and territory, which may purchase allied health services directly or through contractual arrangements with Divisions of General Practice. Under the Initiative, allied health professionals may provide clinical services to residents of aged care facilities either on an individual or a group basis. For the purpose of this Initiative, an allied health service may include services provided by registered nurses with a specialist role. Further information: contact your local SBO via the Australian General Practice network on (02) 6228 0800.
Mental Health Postgraduate Scholarship Scheme
The Mental Health Postgraduate Scholarship Scheme (MHPSS) provides scholarships to support people to undertake postgraduate study in mental health nursing and clinical psychology disciplines. The Mental Health Nursing scheme is administered by the Royal College of Nursing, Australia on behalf of the Department of Health and Ageing.
Non-Directive Pregnancy Counselling
There government has increased the availability of counselling and support for women and their partners who are concerned about a pregnancy through the provision of Non-Directive Pregnancy Support Counselling MBS Items. These items provide Medicare benefits for the provision of non-directive pregnancy support counselling by eligible GPs, and psychologists, social workers and mental health nurses on referral from a GP.
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