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Australia is experiencing a mental health crisis. As a result of the pandemic, demand for mental health services has spiked, especially among young Australians and in regional communities. But currently, there aren’t enough mental health specialists to respond to this demand.

This is why the Australian Counselling Association is calling for registered counsellors to be included on Medicare.

We have an immediate, simple solution – over 9000 highly skilled counsellors are ready to provide their services to regional and rural communities. Counsellors are being under-utilised in the mental health workforce, despite being an appropriate and cost-effective option for Australians struggling with their mental health.

Please sign and share this petition urging the government to include registered counsellors on Medicare, to help resolve Australia’s growing mental health crisis.