Fees and Rebates
The current fee for a general 50 minute consultation is $190.
Rebates are available. Please see below for more information regarding Medicare and private health rebates.
Clients referred by a General Practitioner (GP) or Psychiatrist with a Mental Health Plan are eligible to claim a rebate from Medicare of $87.45 per consultation. Therefore, under a Mental Health Care Plan, your maximum out-of-pocket expense for Psychology services will be $102.55, or less if you have reached your threshold. Please note that the rate charged is less than that recommended by the Australian Psychological Society (APS) which is currently $254 per 50 minutes.
Under Medicare, all subsidised Psychology services are limited to a maximum of 10 individual sessions per client per calendar year. However, as a result of COVID19, The Better Access Pandemic Support Measure, now provides an additional 10 subsidised Medicare sessions (total of 20 subsidised sessions per year). If you have used your first 10 Medicare sessions, you will need to return to your referring Doctor to determine if you are eligible to obtain access the additional 10 Medicare sessions.
Private Health Insurance
If you have Ancillary Cover with a private health insurance fund, you may be able to claim a rebate for Psychology services. Clients should contact their health fund for the latest rebate rates. Private health rebates cannot be used in conjunction with a Medicare rebate.
A referral to see a psychologist is only required if you wish to claim a rebate through Medicare. Referrals can be obtained from your local GP or Psychiatrist. Your referring Doctor is required to lodge a Mental Health Care Plan with Medicare Australia. When booking an appointment with your Doctor, be sure to mention you are seeking a Mental Health Care Plan. If you have problems obtaining a referral, please get in contact and I can support you with this.