Can I see a psychologist under Medicare?
Yes. With a Mental Health Care Plan (MHCP) and a valid Medicare card, you can receive Medicare-subsidised psychology sessions.
What will the fees be?
The cost of a standard session is $150. Clients who have a Mental Health Care Plan pay a gap of $62.55 once the Medicare rebate is claimed.
How many sessions can I use?
In response to COVID-19, the Australian government recently increased the maximum number of Medicare-subsidised psychology sessions from 10 to 20 per calendar year (January to December) which means that you can now access up to 20 Medicare-subsidised sessions per year if you have a Mental Health Care Plan. This applies between the period from 9th October 2020 to 30th June 2022.
How do I get a Mental Health Care Plan (MHCP)?
You will need to request this from your GP. Just advise them that you wish to see a psychologist using Medicare and your GP will assess your eligibility. You may be required to book in a slightly longer consultation in order to complete the necessary paperwork. Once you have been provided with the Mental Health Care Plan, you will need to forward it to me electronically (via email or fax) before your first appointment.
What do I need to have for the first appointment?
A valid Mental Health Care Plan from your GP
A valid Medicare card
A completed intake form and consent form (This will be sent to you prior to your first appointment)
Which age ranges do you see?
I see adults, adolescents, and children (10+ years old).
How are the sessions delivered?
Sessions can be delivered face-to-face or via Telehealth (phone or video consultations).
How long are the sessions?
Each individual therapy session is approximately 50 minutes. The initial consultation is 60 minutes.
Do you do home visits?
No, I do not provide home visits for any services. If you are unable to leave your house due to your mental health or for any other reason, you may be interested in Telehealth (phone or video consultations) which is available.
How many sessions will I need?
The number of sessions needed will vary from person to person and depends on a variety of factors personal to you such as your situation, any underlying conditions and their severity, your mental health history, whether you have any co-occurring mental health conditions, the number of environmental stressors in your life (e.g. medical health problems, relationship issues, work stress, financial issues, etc.) as well as your response to treatment.
Can I get a rebate for reports if I have a Mental Health Care Plan?
Unfortunately Medicare only allows the rebate to be used for treatment sessions, not reports.
For more information regarding reports, please see the ASSESSMENTS & REPORTS page.