Fees are payable at the time of consultation, before or right after your session. You do not need a GP referral to see me. You do not need to be diagnosed to access psychological support. Please note that without a referral from a GP, Medicare does not give a rebate. However, most private health funds do give rebates. Patients claim rebates directly with Medicare or their health fund using the receipts that I issue weekly.
1. Obtain a Mental Health Care Plan (MHCP)
I am a Medicare provider for psychology. If you want to use Medicare rebates then you need to ask your GP to create a Mental Health Care Plan (MHCP) for you or your child. This plan gives you or your child up to 10 rebated therapy sessions.
2. Obtain a valid referral letter
If you want to use Medicare, then other than a mental health care plan, you also need to request a valid referral letter from your GP. This referral letter needs to specify your diagnosis and the number of approved psychology sessions (a maximum of 6, then 4). According to the Department of Health website, referrals should include the following information:
Referral Letter Checklist
- Patient’s name
- Patient’s date of birth
- Patient’s address
- Diagnosis (patient referred for)
- List of any current medications
- Number of sessions the patient has been referred for (max 6 per referral)
Private Health Rebates
If your private medical health fund covers psychology, then you are eligible for private health rebates with me. Let me know and I will provide the right receipts to you.
Cancellation Fee Policy
All psychologists in private practice set their own fees and have a cancellation policy to facilitate the operation of their clinical services and are in accordance with the APS recommendations. It is expected that all individuals accept a responsibility to attend sessions on time, reschedule or cancel within the cancellation timeframes /or pay the cancellation fee, which are discussed in the first session. This is to ensure that appointments are available for individuals who urgently need to see a psychologist. Moreover, a late cancellation means that the time cannot be given to someone else. The policy applies for any type of cancellation (e.g., not presenting, forgetting, being sick, clashing with some other appointment). The late cancellation fee is the full fee of the session. If you are sick, phone consultation can be offered at the standard consultation fee (medicare rebate does not apply). Otherwise the cancellation fee policy applies.