Jul

20

2021

Changes to Closing the Gap PBS co-payments

Changes to the Closing the Gap Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme Co-payment Program will make it easier for eligible Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to receive reduced-cost medications.

The changes came into effect on 1 July. The program, commonly referred to as ‘CTG scripts’, provides free or low-cost medicines to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders who have, or are at risk of, chronic disease.

How to access CTG scripts 

Under the change:

  • if you are eligible for the program, any PBS prescriber or Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health practitioner will be able to register you
  • if you are an eligible Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander person, you can be registered for the program no matter where you live in Australia, and regardless of your chronic disease status
  • this registration will cover you even if you move to a different health clinic within Australia
  • if you are unsure if you are registered for the program, your PBS prescriber, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health practitioner or pharmacist will be able to check online for you
  • PBS prescriptions for medicines covered under the program will no longer need to be annotated with ‘CTG’ by the prescriber to be eligible for a reduced co-payment.

Mental Health Practitioner Directory

Frequently Asked Questions

Any AHPRA or AASW registered mental health practitioner providing services in the Mid North Coast and/or Northern NSW.

By listing, you will let GPs, other referrers and consumers know that you are practising in Mid North Coast and/or Northern NSW. You can provide information such as where you are located, the services you provide, the population groups you support and your clinical interests.

No, the directory is a free service provided by Healthy North Coast.

This directory enables you to provide real-time information about your availability to accept referrals, as well as how long people may have to wait for an appointment. You can update this information as your availability changes. This will help GPs and other referrers ensure they only refer clients to practitioners who have the capacity to see them.

It also has a range of advanced search options and supports printing and bookmarking of search results.

You can choose to display your email address and your phone number so that people can contact you directly. You may prefer not to display these, in which case people can contact you by completing an enquiry form located in the Directory. Your choices can be updated anytime.

You can indicate wait times for an appointment for a new client or that you are currently unable to accept new referrals. You can also choose whether to display or hide your contact details. You can update your choices at any time.

Yes, you can update your listing or remove it at any time by clicking the “update practitioner details” button on your listing. You will receive a secure website link to your nominated admin email that will enable you to make changes, delete or put your listing on hold. You can also show when you are taking extended leave or are not available for a specific period, rather than completely removing your listing.

We will also send you an email every three months (90 days) prompting you to check that your information is up to date.

You will be responsible for managing the information in your listing and ensuring that it is up to date. You will also be asked to check the information before it is published in the directory.

We will also send you an email every three months (90 days) prompting you to check that your information is up to date so that the directory displays accurate information.

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