News & Updates
Government decision to limit telehealth services will cause vulnerable Australians to suffer
NAPP is deeply concerned by the government’s decision not to extend MBS item number 91840, limiting telehealth services will affect the most vulnerable
Managing Gender Dysphoria/Incongruence in Young People: A Guide for Health Practitioners
Our Managing Gender Dysphoria/Incongruence in Young People: A Guide for Health Practitioners has just been updated – check it out.
‘Devastating’ cuts to Medicare telehealth leave rural psychiatric patients in the lurch
‘Devastating’ cuts to Medicare telehealth leave rural psychiatric patients in the lurch. NAPP is calling on the federal government to return the 288 item for telehealth consultations, and reintroduce item 319, that provides a telephone option for consultations that last more than 45 minutes.
Government Changes to MBS Specialists Telehealth
The newly announced Australian Government Changes to Medicare Specialist Telehealth provisions, effective from 1 January 2022, will leave many patients unable to access necessary psychiatric assessment and treatment, including psychotherapy. MASSIVE CUTS TO TELEHEALTH...
Victorian information sharing Bill a threat to privacy
The Victorian Government’s Health Legislation Amendment (Information Sharing) Bill 2021 was rushed through its first parliamentary vote on 14 October 2021, raising many unanswered questions for patients and health care professionals in that state.
Cross-Sex Hormone Treatment for Young People Under 18: The Legal Restrictions
This article seeks to explain those restrictions and why continuing caution is needed. It is argued that in no circumstances should a medical practitioner initiate gender-affirming treatment for adolescents under 18 without a proper diagnosis and multi-disciplinary assessment of gender dysphoria leading to the justification of the appropriateness of this treatment.
United States Managed Care
Hi, I am Dr Philip Morris. I am president of the National Association of Practising Psychiatrists. Australia is facing the imposition of United States style managed health care. This is not good for doctors, and it is definitely not good for patients. US-style managed...
NAPP Statement re Honeysuckle Health Application
27.05.2021National Association of Practising Psychiatrists: Submission to the ACCC regarding the Honeysuckle Application Draft Decision The Honeysuckle Health proposal put to the ACCC is a prescription for an enormous US health service company (Cigna) to join with an...
The Australian Mental Health Crisis: A system failure in need of treatment
Updated 28th April 2021 Originally published Jun 2, 218 The Australian Mental Health Crisis: A system failure in need of treatment Australia has a mental health crisis. Despite a number of national mental health plans and a decade of changes to public mental health...
Honeysuckle Health Application
Dear ACCC, The National Association of Practising Psychiatrists (NAPP) is very concerned about the lack of consultation time made available to assess the Honeysuckle Health Pty Ltd (HH) application. The time for affected parties, especially physicians providing...