HealthPathways WA – Mental health MBS updates

The HealthPathways WA Mental Health Treatment Plan (MHTP) Pathway contains detailed information and resources for clinicians completing MHTPs.

Recent updates include:

Mental Health Treatment Plans MBS items

From 1 March 2023, new MBS items allow up to two Medicare-subsidised services per calendar year to be delivered to a person other than the patient (family member, carer, or other significant person), as part of the patient’s treatment.

  • Face-to-face and telehealth options are available.
  • These sessions count towards the patient’s allocation of services and must support the treatment and recovery of the patient – they are not to be used for mental health treatment of the other person.
  • See the Mental Health Treatment Plan (MHTP) Pathway for more information.

MHTP templates

The General Practice Mental Health Standards Collaboration (GPMHSC) has released updated MHTP templates incorporating culturally relevant information.

  • The minimal requirements template now includes:
    • Pronouns, sex assigned at birth and gender
    • Preferred languages spoken, interpreter requirements and country of birth
    • Information regarding a patient’s carer and their contact details
  • A template has also been developed for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population.

Case conferencing MBS Items

From 1 July 2023, new MBS items allow case conferences to be held for patients who have been referred for treatment under Better Access or have a current Eating Disorder Treatment Plan (EDP). The case conference must:

  • be organised by a medical practitioner (GP, other medical practitioner, or consultant physician in their specialty of paediatrics or psychiatry)
  • involve at least two other members of the multidisciplinary case conference team providing different kinds of treatment to the patient. All providers must be present for the whole case conference.
  • See MBS Note AN 15.1 for full details