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.
What is the Short Term Therapies program?
The Short-Term Therapies (STT) program serves as a valuable resource, offering individuals with mild to moderate mental health concerns like depression and anxiety the opportunity to access effective and cost-free treatment. This initiative is particularly beneficial for those who might otherwise face challenges in obtaining mental health services covered by Medicare. The STT Program facilitates a series of up to six sessions with a Psychologist or a trained Mental Health Professional, and an additional four sessions can be approved from a GP.
The Northern Territory Primary Health Network (NTPHN), the Short Term Therapies program, previously known as ATAPS, has been in operation since 2013. Outlook Psychology Practice has played a pivotal role as a provider of essential psychological interventions since 2018.
Short Term Therapies Program Referral Process
In line with similar programs, the initial step to access the Short-Term Therapies program involves engaging your GP. This initial consultation will encompass a brief conversation about your mental health concern and pertinent eligibility criteria, which takes into account factors like financial constraints that might preclude access to services covered by Medicare’s Better Access program. Subsequently, the referral for Short-Term Therapies, along with the associated Mental Health Care Plan, will be directed to Head to Health. This service then facilitates the referral to one of the Short-Term Therapies Providers.
If your preference is to receive services from Outlook Psychology Practice or one of our clinicians, kindly ensure that your GP explicitly indicated this on the referral form.
Upon the acceptance and processing of your referral by Head to Health, it will be forwarded to us for appropriate allocation. One of our administration team will then reach out to you, by phone, to initiate the process of scheduling an initial appointment.
Refer someone you know
Darwin Head to Health accepts referrals from GPs, mental health services, community services, carers, families and individuals.
How to make a referral
- Download the Darwin Head to Health Referral form (PDF)
- Type information into form and print
- Print form and complete
- Fax form to Darwin Head to Health – 08 6230 5218
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.