Marathon Health has renewed its push for members of the Bathurst community to take advantage of an extension to Medicare rebates for telehealth mental health support until March 2021.
Marathon Health portfolio manager of mental health Chris McAlister said its vital to ensure country Australians have access to a combination of mental health service delivery models.
“A combination of mental health support over the phone, in-person or online empowers people to reach out when they need to,” Mr McAlister said.
More than 60 per cent of Marathon Health’s work is in the mental health space and the organisation is one of the largest providers of headspace services in Australia, with seven centres across regional NSW and the ACT.
“People with ill mental health should not be denied treatment by barriers such as the need for a diagnosis, a mental health treatment plan or a limit on the number of sessions they are entitled to,” Mr McAlister said.
“Beyond the pandemic, the next step shouldn’t be harder than a phone call or an email to a service provider for treatment.”
In the 2019/20 financial year, Marathon Health delivered over 22,660 occasions of mental health support services.