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Friday, 24 August 2012

National Day of Action - Change the Minds of Politicians

Stop the cuts to Better Access
Time for the Australian Government to change its mind

The Alliance for Better Access calls on the Australian Government to allow people with a mental health condition to access a minimum of 15 to 20 appointments per year of Medicare-subsidised psychological treatment in the 'Better Access to Mental Health Care’ initiative.

Facebook Event: National Day of Action - Change the Minds of Politicans

The group is asking all Australians to join them in telling the federal government that limiting therapy to 10 appointments a year is unacceptable.

From 1 January 2013 the Australian Government intends to cut treatment in the 'Better Access' scheme, from the current 16 appointments per calendar year to just 10 sessions. This move contradicts substantial evidence in research, which shows that only one third of people will show lasting levels of recovery.

On Monday 17 September 2012, the Alliance for Better Access is asking you to
express your opposition by doing any of the following:
  • Raise awareness, by telling people about the planned cuts
  • Write to your Federal MPs and Senators
  • Write to Mark Butler MP, Federal Minister for Mental Health
  • Write a letter to a newspaper editor
  • Write a blog and share it on the Internet
  • Post links about the Better Access cuts on Facebook and Twitter
  • Contact your federal MP to arrange a meeting and discuss the cuts
Mental health consumers, health professionals and others can participate in discussions at the Alliance for Better Access Facebook Group:

You can also find out more at the website

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