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Medicare & Private Health

Our practitioners are registered with Medicare and a number of private health insurers. We are committed to providing affordable mental health services and will discuss fees with you at the time of consultation.

Medicare
If your doctor has assessed that you require the services of a psychologist, then he/she may write a Mental Health Care Plan.  Under a Mental Health Care Plan, there must be a diagnosable disorder that impacts upon a person’s emotions, thoughts, behaviour, social skills or decision making. Eligible patients can receive;

Up to 10 individual services in a calendar year.  After 6 visits your referring doctor will assess your 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 you have 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 your 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.

Information on Medicare rebates is available from www.health.gov.au

Private Health Rebates
Private health insurance cannot be used in conjunction with a Medicare rebate.  You must decide to use one or the other. Rebates from private health insurers vary considerably so you will need to check the level of ancillary cover with your insurer.