The aims of Component C of the Evaluation of the Better Access to Psychiatrists, Psychologists and GPs through the Medicare Benefits Schedule Initiative were to use existing data to examine the extent to which the Better Access initiative had impacted on the supply and distribution of the allied mental health workforce; and to provide an overview of trends in both the allied mental health and medical workforce, as relevant to the initiative. An analysis of the anticipated future impact of the Better Access initiative on training and service provision within the mental health workforce was undertaken through consultations with key stakeholders.

This chapter brings together the findings from Chapter 2, Chapter 3 and Chapter 4 and provides a critically reflective analysis of Component C. It focuses on the implications of the Better Access initiative on workforce capabilities and capacity to provide primary care for people with a mental disorder. Potential areas of improvement of mental health services will be identified and suggestions made where appropriate.