Report of the House of Representatives Select Committee on Mental Health and Suicide Prevention: Commentary on an expanded psychologist role and decreased GP/psychiatrist leadership in private multidisciplinary primary mental healthcare

Jeffrey C.L. Looi, Stephen Allison, Tarun Bastiampillai, William Pring, Stephen R. Kisely

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Abstract

Objective: This opinion paper discusses certain recommendations of the House of Representatives Select Committee on Mental Health and Suicide Prevention pertaining to psychology, GP and psychiatric professions. Conclusions: The Committee’s recommendations may compromise patient care by undermining the ability of private sector medical specialists in providing direct clinical treatment and their role in the coordination of multidisciplinary teams. Expanding private psychological therapies without GP and private psychiatry support might increase the reliance on public hospital emergency departments and public sector mental health services for severe disorders and suicidal crises. Psychiatrists and GPs need to engage in more effective policy advocacy with the Australian Government, in order to maintain their roles in leading private sector collaborative multidisciplinary care.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages3
JournalAustralasian Psychiatry
Early online date5 May 2022
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 5 May 2022

Keywords

  • Australia
  • multidisciplinary care
  • private psychiatry
  • senate select committee
  • suicide prevention

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