To be eligible to receive the medicare rebate you will first need to visit a GP who will assess you against certain criteria and, if eligible, prepare a Mental Health Care Plan and provide you with a referral to take to your Psychologist. Referrals can also be made by Psychiatrists.
If eligible, you could receive rebates for up to 20 face-to-face or telehealth sessions per calendar year. Referrals are usually for a maximum of 6 sessions, so you will be required to return to your GP for further referrals or reviews after the 6th and 10th consultations. Further to these individual sessions, you are also entitled to receive rebates for 10 support group sessions per calendar year.
Service Fee Rebate: $ 87.45
Chronic Disease Management Plan (formerly called Enhanced Primary Care Plan)
Clients with a chronic/complex medical illness may be referred by a GP to a Psychologist for up to 5 sessions per calendar year.
A chronic medical condition is one that has been (or is likely to be) present for six months or longer, for example, asthma, cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, musculoskeletal conditions and stroke. There is no list of eligible conditions. However, these items are designed for patients who require a structured approach to their care and to enable GPs to plan and coordinate the care of patients with complex conditions requiring ongoing care from a multidisciplinary team.
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Private Health Fund
Please check with your Private Health Fund if you are covered for Psychological treatment.
You could have the option to get a rebate from your Private Health Fund if you are covered for therapy. See FAQs for more information.
When an appointment is scheduled, that time is allocated to you and your session. If you need to cancel or change an appointment, we will do our best to accommodate your needs. However, at least 24 hours notice is required so that we can cater for clients on our waitlist. If you are unable to provide 24 hours cancellation notice, you will the full fee for the missed session. Please note that you cannot claim the Medicare rebate for sessions unattended.