The importance of assessing ‘Better Access’ appropriately

Asking the right question is an essential first step

Timothy A. Carey, Sally Bradford

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Jorm’s (2018) Better Access (BA) article highlights the urgent need for improved evaluation of publicly funded mental health interventions to ensure the prudent use of finite financial resources. Furthermore, Jorm notes that major determinants of mental health may limit treatment impact when such factors remain unaddressed.
Importantly, however, the limitations of the data acknowledged by Jorm indicate not only the extent to which his conclusions should be questioned but also a crucial area that requires immediate attention. Improvements in the data collected are required to evaluate BA appropriately.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)264-265
Number of pages2
JournalAustralian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2019


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