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Mental Health Service enquiry welcomed

Access to mental health services in regional and remote Australia will be examined in a Senate enquiry in a move welcomed by the Rural Doctors Association of Australia.

“Many rural patients find it hard to access mental health help when they need it, and often this comes down to the shortage of psychologists and other mental health professionals in the bush,” said RDAA President Adam Coltzau.

“Doctors and other health professionals who provide mental healthcare in country communities need better support in undertaking mental health up skilling, and in recognition of the longer consultation times involved. “

The RDAA hopes to see more mental health training for rural doctors and Medicare rebates for telehealth consults between rural patients and their regular GP.