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For GP's

All psychologists are legally required to register with the Psychology Board of Australia, in the same way medical practitioners must be registered. Psychologists who are members of the Australian Psychological Society are recognised by the post-nominal: MAPS.

Psychologists do not have a medical degree like a Psychiatrist. Psychologists study human behaviour in their undergraduate and postgraduate degrees before undertaking supervised experience and gaining registration.

At Caloundra Psychological Services all our psychologists have a minimum of 10 years experience and have worked in a variety of mental health settings and have full membership with the APS.

Psychologists can help in many areas, including:

Pain management
Fears, phobias, anxiety and panic attacks
Loss and grief
Sexual difficulties
Sleeping difficulties
Eating and weight control problems
Children's learning, behaviour and management problems

Under a GP Mental Health Care Plan the doctor can assess and refer a patient for treatment of a mental disorder.  This may include disorders such as:

Anxiety Disorders (generalised, phobia, panic disorder, separation anxiety, OCD)
Bipolar Disorder
Psychotic Disorders
Conduct Disorder
Attention Deficit Disorder
Eating Disorder
Bereavement Disorder
Post-traumatic Stress Disorder
Sleep Disorders
Alcohol and Drug Use
Adjustment Disorders
Autism and Pervasive Developmental Disorders

Under a Mental Health Care Plan eligible patients can receive;

Up to 10 individual services in a calendar year.  After 6 visits the referring doctor will assess progress and need for further treatment.
Up to 10 group therapy services in a calendar year.

Medicare rebates are available with both general and specialist clinical psychologists but will vary depending on the length of the session and the type of service provided.
Unless there are special circumstances (Disability/Health card) the fee for treatment is higher than the current Medicare rebate as such fees must be paid on the day of treatment and the invoice can then be taken to Medicare. The current Medicare rebate under a GP Mental Health Care Plan for individual service is:

$122.15 for specialist Clinical Psychology and
$83.25 for general Psychology.

Under the Helping Children with Autism package, eligible children can be referred by a Paediatrician or Psychiatrist for more extensive intervention.

Further information on the training of psychologists may be found on www.psychology.org.au
Information on mental disorders and the preparation of a GP Mental Health Care Plan may be found at www.health.gov.au