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Table 1 Tier 2 ATAPS flexibilities

From: Achievements of the Australian Access to Allied Psychological Services (ATAPS) program: summarising (almost) a decade of key evaluation data

ATAPS Tier 2 initiative Key flexibilities
Perinatal depression (‘Perinatal depression’) introduced April 2008 Provisional referral option (midwives, obstetricians, maternal and child health nurses)
New intervention (family-based intervention)
Telephone-CBT Pilot (‘T-CBT’)
July 2008–June 2010
New telephone modality (telephone-, web- and video conferencing-based modalities now available across all ATAPS initiatives)
Specialist suicide services (‘Suicide prevention’) piloted October 2008–June 2011; expanded to all medicare locals in July 2011 Provisional referral option (community mental health services, psychiatrists, emergency departments)
No diagnosis requirement
No limit on session numbers
Shorter more intensive support model
Victorian Bushfires 2009 (‘Bushfire’) introduced February 2009 Provisional referral option (bushfire case managers)
Originally no diagnosis requirement
Originally no limit on session numbers
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander introduced July 2010 Provisional referral option (non-government organisations)
New outreach modality
New intervention (narrative therapy, available across all ATAPS initiatives)
Children with mental disorders (‘Child’) introduced July 2010 Provisional referral option (school counsellors, school principals, directors of early childhood services)
New interventions (family-based intervention, parent training in behaviour management, play therapy)
Flexible session mode: child alone, parent(s) alone, child and parents, child in group, parent(s) in group, child(ren) and parent(s) in group
People experiencing or at risk of homelessness (‘Homelessness’) introduced July 2010 Provisional referral option (non-government organisations)
New outreach modality (including mobile clinics)
Rural and remote introduced July 2010 New outreach modality
Floods and cyclone Yasi in Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria 2010–2011 (‘Floods and cyclone Yasi’) introduced January 2011 Provisional referral option (Centrelink social workers, State Mental Health Services, client self-referral)
Originally no diagnosis requirement
Originally no limit on session numbers for people diagnosed with a disorder through a mental health treatment plan
  1. ATAPS Access to Allied Psychological Services; CBT cognitive behavioural therapy