Here’s a rundown of the 3 R’s of Psychology sessions
One of the first things people want to know is, ‘what is this going to cost me?’. There are a couple of options available to you, but I highly recommend that you ask your GP for a Mental Health Care Plan (MHCP). Here’s how it all works.
My fees are much lower than the recommended rates set by the Australian Psychological Society (which are currently $246 for 55 minutes). I’ll discuss these with you when you book an appointment.
My fees will cover quick phone consultations and contact with your other health professionals and school (if applicable). Longer phone calls will attract a higher rate.
Please note that treatment services have NO GST. Fees for psychological reports DO attract GST but I’ll make this clear to you upon booking.
You don’t need a referral from your GP to see me. However, a referral will allow you to access a Medicare rebate as the below explains.
If you’ve received a Mental Health Care Plan (MHCP) from your GP, a Medicare rebate is available for eligible sessions. As I am a registered psychologist, you’ll receive a rebate of $84.80 per session.
The current Medicare scheme allows clients to receive a rebate for up to 10 sessions under a MHCP per calendar year (January to December). Your GP will determine how many sessions you’re eligible for however they usually refer you for six sessions, then reassess if you need the remaining four.
If you don’t have a MHCP from your GP, you may be eligible for a rebate through your private health insurance fund. Please check with your fund for more details. You are not able to claim both Medicare and private health insurance for the same sessions.
If you have any questions about our payment policies, please feel free to ask. We want you to be 100% informed on all aspects of your psychology sessions.