Medicare rebates are available for psychological treatment by registered psychologists under the Australian Government’s Better Access to Mental Health Care initiative. This scheme provides considerable financial assistance to people living with mental health problems, allowing them greater access to psychologists and providing more affordable mental healthcare.
Eligible people can receive:
• 10 individual counselling sessions in a calendar year (1 January - 31 December). Your referring doctor will assess your progress after the first 6 sessions.
• 10 group therapy sessions in a calendar year.
To access the Medicare Rebate, you need your GP to complete a detailed mental health assessment and prepare a Mental Health Treatment Plan before referring you to a psychologist.
You must obtain your GP referral prior to your first appointment in order to receive Medicare rebates.
On payment of the fee for general counselling, which is $170, we can process the rebate on the spot straight into your account for the amount of $80-$120.
Please note that a cancellation policy applies to all appointments - both individual and group sessions. Appointments cancelled with less than 48 hours notice will incur a cancellation fee. Medicare will not reimburse for missed appointments.