1.1.G.40 Government-contracted doctors (DSP)
GCDs are contracted through Services Australia 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