All Psychology services are exempt from GST. Payments are typically made on the day of consultation by EFTPOS, Credit Card or Bank Transfer.
A referral from your General Practitioner (GP), Paediatrician or Psychiatrist is required to access Medicare rebates for clinical psychology sessions.
If you plan to use private health insurance for your treatment, you do not need a referral.
Medicare rebates are available for Psychology services provided under a Mental Health Care Plan.
A mental health care plan is completed by your GP and provides access to Medicare rebates for up to 10 individual sessions, per calendar year. These sessions can be conducted face to face or via telehealth.
Your referring GP will schedule a return visit to review your progress after the first six psychological therapy sessions. At this point, your GP will provide a re-referral for an additional four sessions, if required.
Medicare rebates may be claimed at the practice on the day of your consultation.
Access to Allied Psychological Services (ATAPS)
The Access to Allied Psychological Services (ATAPS) program is an Australian Government initiative which provides short-term, evidence-based mental health services for people with mental illness. Services are targeted to population groups which have difficulty accessing mental health treatment, for example, people who are in remote areas, unable to pay service fees, or at risk of homelessness.
ATAPS Referral Process
The ATAPS triage service liaises with GPs and referral sources to review client eligibility and allocate referrals to ATAPS providers.
In the Northern Territory, the ATAPS triage service is delivered by CatholicCare NT.
Please visit your GP to see if you are eligible for ATAPS.
Assistance during COVID-19 pandemic
Additional Medicare Rebates
An additional 10 Medicare subsidised psychological therapy sessions may be available for people who have used their initial 10 psychological therapy sessions under a Mental health care plan.
These additional sessions are available to individuals who meet the following criteria:
- in an area with public health orders restricting movements within a state or territory
issued at any time from 1 July 2020 to 31 March 2021; or
- required to isolate or quarantine under public health orders for at least 14 days from 1 July 2020 to 31 March 2021.
If you are experiencing financial hardship in relation to COVID-19 pandemic, please discuss with your GP.
Private Health Insurance
Private Health Insurers may provide rebates for Clinical Psychology services – please confirm your level of cover with your insurance provider.
Workers compensation claims
Clinical Psychology consultation fees may be covered in the case of a worker’s compensation claim. Please consult with your workers compensation insurer or employer for more information.
Department of Veteran Affairs (DVA)
Clinical Psychology consultation fees may be covered by DVA. Please consult with the Department or your GP for further information.
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