Standard sessions are 50 minutes long and cost $130. You are able to claim a rebate of $88.25 with a Mental Health Care Plan from your General Practitioner. There is some capacity to bulk-bill depending on individual financial circumstances.
Mental Health Care Plans
Standard Mental health Care Plans (MHCP) are obtained from a General Practitioner (GP). Generally these enable you to obtain 10 subsidised sessions per calendar year. Between 9 October 2020 and 30 June 2022, 10 additional individual psychological therapy sessions are available to all eligible patients under the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The current rebate/subsidy you will receive for telehealth sessions under a Mental Health Care Plan is $88.25
To Obtain a Mental Health Care Plan (MHCP)
1) Book a “long consultation” with your GP who will determine if you are eligible for a MHCP based on your circumstances and presenting symptoms.
2) If you are eligible for the MHCP – request the GP also provide you with a letter of referral to a psychologist. Preferably have the letter addressed to the psychologist who you wish to see but if you are unsure that is ok, the initial name on the letter will not restrict you to only seeing the named psychologist.
3) You will initially be referred for up to six psychological therapy sessions. If more sessions are needed you can return to the GP for a review of your MHCP and gain more if deemed necessary.
4) Simply make contact with the psychologist of your choosing or book an appointment through the avenues provided. You will bring the documentation to your first appointment or submit it via email earlier if possible.
Private Health Insurance
The monetary amount of rebate will vary between insurer, you will be provided a tax invoice which you can take to your private insurer to obtain the rebate.
Payment can be made via direct debit or via a link to online card payment. Please note online payments will incur a 2.9% surcharge.
At YourSpace Psychology we want to keep fees affordable so that each person can access high quality support easily and cost effectively without causing undue financial stress. Please speak with one of the YourSpace team if you are experiencing having financial difficulty a concession may be available. We offer full fee private sessions, but can also subsidise treatment based on the previsouly mentioned funding avenues