A Medicare rebate of $126.50 per session is available to Australian's with a diagnosis of a specific mental health disorder under the Better Access to Mental Health Care initiative. The Medicare rebate is available for up to 10 sessions within a calendar year. A General Practitioner, Paediatrician or Psychiatrist can provide you with a qualifying referral.
Chronic Disease Management Plans
Patients who have a chronic condition and complex care needs that are being managed by their GP under a Chronic Disease Management (CDM) plan may be eligible to receive Medicare rebates for Psychologist services and certain other Allied Health Professionals. A chronic medical condition is one that has been (or is likely to be) present for 6 months or longer. Patients have complex care needs if they need ongoing care from a multidisciplinary team consisting of their GP and at least 2 other health care providers. The CDM program provides a rebate of $53.80 per service for up to 5 services in a calendar year
This program is initiated by your local GP. Your GP will determine if you are eligible, and if so, coordinate an Enhanced Primary Care Plan for the relevant allied health services.
Helping Children with Autism Package (HCWA) or NDIS funding may be applicable where .
Further information is available on the AMAZE and NDIS websites.
Private Health Funds
Private Health Fund rebates for psychological services are provided by most health funds under their ancillary/extra tables. These rebates differ depending on your health fund and your level of cover. Please check with your health fund for details about your level of cover.
Please note, Private Health Fund rebates can not be used for Medicare rebated sessions.
Consultations are 50 minutes long and may involve individual child, parent-child or family sessions.
To make an appointment please contact me.
Please be aware that all accounts are to be paid in full on the day of the consultation.
A 50-minute clinical psychological consultation is $180 ($160 for pension cardholders). This fee is reduced to $53.50 ($33.50 for pension cardholders) after the Medicare rebate of $126.50 is applied with a current Mental Health Care Plan. In order to claim a Medicare rebate, you require a Mental Health Care Plan from your medical practitioner prior to the appointment.
Fees are kept significantly below the $251 Recommended Fee published by the Australian Psychological Society (more information available here).
The Medicare EasyClaim system is available onsite to directly deposit the rebate into your savings or cheque account at the time of payment.
Formal report writing, if required, will incur additional charges (not covered by Medicare).
Cognitive Assessments will require up to 4 hours of consultation (charged at the usual consultation rate), including an initial information and and feedback session, and 2 hour assessment session. The medicare rebate may be applicable. A formal assessment report will be prepared and is an additional $520, which covers the testing analysis, report writing and the testing materials. This fee is payable upon presentation of the report and is not covered under Medicare.
A cancellation fee of $50 applies to appointments that are unattended or cancelled/rescheduled within 24 hours of the appointment time.
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