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 (see below). To access Medicare rebates your general practitioner, psychiatrist or paediatrician will assess your condition to determine eligibility for a Mental Health Care Plan and referral. Rebates are only available when a Mental Health Care Plan and referral are current. GAP FEES A Mental Health Care Plan and referral enables clients to receive a substantial rebate which reduces the out of pocket costs to approximately $35 per therapeutic consultation. Fees range from $110-$185 payable in full on the day of service. The rebate is processed immediately and deposited into the account linked to your Medicare card. BULK BILLING In some instances a psychologist may offer bulk billing. Clients eligible for bulk billing must have a current Mental Health Care Plan and referral prior to the consultation. You are advised to contact your psychologist to confirm out-of-pocket costs before commencing your treatment. FULL FEES Clients without a current Mental Health Care Plan and referral are not eligible for rebates and full fee's apply. 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 in a 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. All accounts must be paid prior to making future appointments. 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 Assessment Fees
Assessments are not covered by Medicare. As such, rebates are unavailable. The cost to you will vary depending on the type of assessment, number of instruments used and the fee being charged by your psychologist. 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 ASSESSMENT Includes administration of one instrument and brief report showing breakdown of scores. POA from $500 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). POA from $1400. Reports are released after full payment is received. Payment plans are available.
Professional Development & Corporate Services
We can tailor a package to suit your needs and provide a "price on application". Casual rates and fixed-term contract rates are offered. GST may apply for third party payers.