Better Outcomes in Mental Health Care (BOMH) Access to Allied Psychological Services (ATAPS) - Better Access to Mental Health Care (BAMH)

BOMH Rationale

The Better Outcomes in Mental Health Care (BOMH) Program improves community access to quality primary mental health care. The program was introduced in July 2001 in recognition of the important role of general practitioners (GPs) in managing mental health problems, and to enable team arrangements for referral of patients to allied health services. It also provided increased remuneration for GPs to work with patients in a way that encompasses assessment, plan and review. The program includes Access to Allied Psychological Services (ATAPS), which enables GPs to refer clients to allied health professionals who deliver focused psychological strategies. The program is currently funded by the Hunter New England Central Coast Primary Health Network (HNECC PHN) until June 2017. Program delivery covers both Tier 1 and Tier 2 funding provided through ATAPS. For Tier 1 ATAPS funding, there are several priority groups with financial disadvantage as an overarching criteria. Priority groups include:

  • Aboriginals & Torres Strait Islanders.
  • Culturally & Linguistically Diverse (CALD).
  • Carers.
  • Youth (12 to 24 years old).

BAMH Rational

The BOMH service funded by the Government limits the amount of consumers that can access the service. The need for Mental Health is very high, and GPs are regularly feeding back to CCPC that they need better access to Psychologists.

Central Coast Primary Care are now offering a bulk billed Psychologist under the BAMH model. This service will operate out of our Bridges After Hours clinic on the grounds of Wyong Hospital.

Practice Managers and GPs can access this service in 2 ways

1) via the same link used for BOMH referrals. Once the BOMH referrals are exhausted, the system will ask you if you would like a BAMH referral. Just answer the questions, and we will take care of the rest.

2) Just ring reception and request a booking. 

For more information please contact:

Reception – Jemma Bullock

Ph: (02) 4365 2294