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PsychologyReferrals & Rebates
Mental Health Care Plans
Anyone can consult with a psychologist without a referral. However, when discussing their symptoms with general practitioners, many clients are referred to psychologists through the Better Access to Mental Health Initiative, the purpose of which is to provide psychological treatment for eligible clients. GPs, Paediatricians and Obstetricians develop Mental Health Care Plans for those clients; this paperwork is registered with Medicare and then provided to the psychologist. These plans give clients eligibility for Medicare rebates.
Mental Health Care Plans can be completed in the name of a parent or a child, and can be used with any psychologist irrespective of the practitioner name on the referral. They provide access to Medicare rebates for six sessions initially. For those who wish to continue to seek treatment, a further four sessions may be activated by the referring practitioner (e.g. GP). A rebate can be claimed for a maximum of 10 sessions per calendar year. Mental Health Care Plans do not expire, unused sessions roll over into the new calendar year(s) (however, the maximum number of rebates per year still applies).
All of our psychologists are Clinical Psychologists. As such, clients who consult with them who are referred from a GP, Paediatrician or Obstetrician with a Mental Health Care Plan receive the largest Medicare rebate available for psychology ($124.50). Rebates can be processed on the spot. A gap payment will also be required. Concession rates are available for full time tertiary students and those with a health care card.
Private health insurance providers also rebates depending on type of cover. Any cover which includes psychology will attract a rebate for our services. Please contact your provider for details. However, please note private health rebates cannot be used in conjunction with Medicare rebates for the same session (i.e. one or the other may be used).
Skype appointments are available, however, neither Medicare nor private health insurers currently provide rebates for these services (face to face only) unless residing in an area classed as rural and remote. Please contact reception 8210 9443 to determine applicable fees. For those living in rural and remote areas of Australia, Telehealth services are now covered under Medicare, and we provide these via Skype. Please contact us for further details.
Dr Nicole Williams provides Non-directive Pregnancy Counselling with Medicare rebates. These rebates are available with a referral from a doctor (including obstetricians) for individuals who have been pregnant in the past 12 mths. Three sessions with these rebates are available without a Mental Health Care Plan. (Please note, however, the rebates are lower than with Mental Health Care Plans. Please click here for more details or contact reception.)
Our costs remain significantly lower than that recommended by the Australian Psychological Society. Concession rates are available. If you are suffering financial hardship which would create a barrier to seeking appropriate support please contact us to discuss. For more information contact email@example.com or 8210 9443.
Occupational Therapy Referrals & Rebates
Referral: anyone can refer children 0-5 years to see our OT e.g. parents, child care, Paediatrician, GP, Allied Health etc.
Costs – therapy sessions are 45-60 minutes and session rates remain below the NDIS hourly rate ($175.57)
Medicare Health Care Plans – Chronic Disease Management via GP Management Plan and Team Care Arrangements
Registered provider with Medicare. This Plan enables clients to receive a rebate for up to 5 therapy sessions per calendar year. Clients can access this through discussion with their local GP. With these plans there is a gap payment of $52.95.
Medicare Health Care Plans – Better Access to Mental Health Care
Medicare rebates for up to 10 therapy sessions per calendar year. Clients can access this through their local GP, Paediatrician or Psychiatrist. With these plans there is a gap payment for OT services of $92.50*.
Health Care Insurance may also provide client/families with some rebates for accessing occupational therapy sessions, please contact yourinsurer directly for further information.
* Please note Medicare plans and private health care rebates cannot used for the same session.
Speech Therapy Referral & Rebates
Comprehensive speech and language assessment - 90mins, $270
Includes formal and informal assessment of child’s speech/language/literacy development (as appropriate)
Brief assessment (e.g. speech/articulation only) – 60mins, $199
*If further assessment is required, subsequent sessions will be charged as a therapy session
45 mins, other session lengths may be negotiated, $133
Summary Report, $99, Details the assessment results and your child’s needs in 1-2 pages.
Comprehensive report, $199, provides detailed information (3 pages +) regarding the assessment results along with recommendations specific to your child’s needs.
Transition/Progress report, $140, a transition report will outline any relevant information, provide up to date therapy performance information and brief recommendations moving forward.
Medicare Chronic Disease Management Plan
If eligible, a referral by a GP under this plan enables the client to access a rebate from Medicare of $52.95 for up to 5 sessions in a calendar year.
Private Health Rebates
Most Speech Pathology services provided are covered under private health insurance. Please contact your health insurance provider directly to determine rebates available under your cover. The rebate for assessments is usually higher than that for therapy sessions. A typical rebate would be somewhere between $30-$80 per therapy session for 10-16 sessions per calendar year.
*Please note Medicare plans and private health rebates cannot be used for the same session.
Please note our office is conveniently located on the city fringe, so parking is generally easy.
Free parking is available behind the building on East Terrace, and bordering the building on Flinders Street East. Entry to these areas is via Wakefiled Street or Bartels Road.
Ticket parking is also available directly in front of the building in Hutt Street.
A free City Loop Bus also stops frequently nearby on Hutt Street.