Medicare Benefits Schedule Review Update

A Working Group has been established by AASW to specifically provide input and advice on the Association’s strategy and submissions to the ongoing MBS Review. The Working Group includes representatives from the Mental Health Reference Group, the National Board, AASW BMC Presidents, AASW College of Social Work, AMHSWs.  

The Working Group has met to consider the next phase of the AASW’s representation to the Taskforce. We have also written to the Health Minister Greg Hunt, seeking a meeting to discuss the Review and the recommendations of the Taskforce.

We understand that the Review of Medicare will be ongoing in 2019, with issues that were raised in the review of the mental health items to be considered by separate Taskforces:

  • the tiered approach to rebates
  • who can be admitted under Medicare
  • consideration of new items

The Social Policy & Advocacy team are currently finalising a report from the AMHSW survey, in consultation with the MBS Review Working Group, and it will be available shortly.