REFERRAL PROCESSES You may visit a psychologist directly without a referral. However you will not be eligible for Medicare rebates, and full fees will apply. To access rebates your general practitioner, psychiatrist or paediatrician will assess your condition to determine eligibility for a Mental Health Care Plan (MHCP) and referral. GAP FEES & BULK BILLING With a MHCP and referral out of pocket fee's reduce to approximately $30. However, the cost to you will vary depending on the length of the consultation and the fee being charged by your psychologist. In some instances a psychologist may choose to bulk bill (i.e., aged pensioners, health care card holders), in which case you will not pay anything. You are advised to contact your psychologist to confirm out-of-pocket costs before commencing your treatment. FULL FEES Full fees apply when a current MHCP and referral are not provided. Fees range from $105-$185 depending on length of consultation and age of patient. Please contact your psychologist directly to confirm applicable fees. Patients with a current Mental Health Care Plan and referral are entitled to Medicare rebates which substantially reduces out-of-pocket costs. MENTAL HEALTH CARE PLANS Your GP, paediatrician or psychiatrist can assess if you are eligible for a Mental Health Care Plan. Under the Better Access initiative, eligible people can receive rebates for up to 10 individual consultations in a calendar year (1 January to 31 December). After the first 6 consultations your psychologist will provide a report for your doctor and they will assess your progress to determine whether further sessions are needed. When you have utilised 10 rebates for the calendar year you will not be eligible for any further Medicare rebates until the new calendar year. Additional consultations will incur full fees. PRIVATE HEALTH & OTHER CLAIMS
Please contact your private health care fund directly to determine eligibility for rebates.
Employee Assistance Programs (EAP) (e.g. Converge International) may cover fees for up to 4 consultations.
Victims of Crime may be available if registered.
Eligible veterans will have cover by the Department of Veteran Affairs.
Eligible patients may access services covered by MAIB.
PAYMENT POLICY Payment is due on the day of service. Each psychologist offers different payment methods. Please confirm procedures prior to attending. CANCELLATION POLICY People on our waiting lists appreciate appointments when spaces become available. When possible, please be considerate by providing 48 hours notice of cancellation. This will enable us to fill the space and you will avoid a late cancellation fee. You will be charged a late cancellation fee of $50 if you provide less than 24 hours notice of cancellation. This fee is not covered by Medicare, and must be paid prior to attending any future appointments.
Cognitive, Learning & Behavioural Assessments
The cost to you will vary depending on the type of assessment, number of instruments used and the fee being charged by your psychologist. Assessments are not covered by Medicare. As such, rebates are unavailable. In some instances private health funds, insurance companies or schools may provide assistance. GST may apply for third party payers. Please contact your psychologist to confirm fees. BASIC ASESSMENT Includes administration of one instrument and brief report showing breakdown of scores. COMPREHENSIVE ASSESSMENT Includes administration of two instruments e.g. Cognitive Assessment (WISC V) & Academic Assessment (WIAT III) or, Functional Assessment (ABAS) or Behavioural Assessment (CONNORS or BASC). This process includes the initial consultation, full report; detailing relevant background, intelligence quotient, domain breakdown, analysis and integration of findings, recommendations and feedback consultation with patient and funding body (e.g. school).
Professional Development & Corporate Services
Fees are quoted on application. The cost will vary depending on the service requested and the fee being charged by your psychologist. Casual rates and fixed-term contracts are offered. GST may apply for third party payers. Please contact Huon Valley Psychology to arrange a consultation to discuss your needs.