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Table 2 Indicators and data sources used to examine whether each of the ATAPS objectives has been achieved

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

Objectives Indicators Data sources
Offer referral pathways for GPs to support their role in primary mental health care Participation by GPs (and other referring professionals)
Number of referrals
Number of sessions
Minimum dataset
Promote a team approach to the management of mental disorders Participation by GPs (and other referring professionals)
Participation by mental health professionals
Provider perspectives of benefits of ATAPS
Minimum data set
Secondary analysis of qualitative data
Target services to those individuals requiring primary mental health care who are not likely to be able to have their needs met through Medicare subsidised mental health services Consumer characteristics
Session characteristics
Uptake of Tier 2 initiatives
Minimum dataset
Offer non-pharmacological approaches to the management of common mental disorders Consumer diagnoses
Minimum dataset
Produce better outcomes for individuals with common mental disorders through offering evidence-based short-term psychological interventions within a primary care setting Consumer outcomes
Consumer diagnoses
Minimum dataset
Complement other fee-for-service programs and address service gaps for people in particular geographical areas and population groups Program uptake
Consumer characteristics
Session characteristics
(all compared to Better Access)
Minimum dataset
Secondary analysis of Better Access data
  1. ATAPS Access to Allied Psychological Services; GP general practitioner