1.1.G.40 Government-contracted doctors (DSP)

Definition

GCDs are contracted through DHS and conduct DMAs (1.1.D.180) to assist in determining a person's medical eligibility for DSP.

A GCD must be a registered and licensed medical practitioner, or where the DMA relates to a mental health condition, the DMA may be a registered clinical psychologist. GCD must have full registration with the Australia Health Practitioner Regulation Agency.

A medical practitioner is defined in SSAct section 23 to mean a person registered and licensed as a medical practitioner under a state or territory law that provides for the registration or licensing of medical practitioners.

A clinical psychologist is taken to be a psychologist registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Authority, with an area of practice endorsed as clinical psychology by the Psychology Board of Australia.

Policy reference: SS Guide 3.6.2 Assessment for DSP

Last reviewed: 9 February 2015