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Medicare Referral Information

Medicare Referred Consultations

How do I access Medicare Funded Counselling Sessions?

If you have a diagnosed or undiagnosed mental health problem, such as depression or anxiety, you can visit your GP for help. They are able to conduct a Mental Health Care Assessment. Your GP will ask you several personal questions to determine whether you require the services of a Psychologist or Social Worker. This means that if you meet the Medicare eligibility criteria, then you can access this service through a written referral from your GP. This referral is called a Mental Health Care Plan.

How many counselling sessions am I entitled to under a Mental Health Care Plan?

All Psychology Medicare Services are limited to a maximum of 10 individual sessions per client, per calendar year. After the sixth session of treatment, the Psychologist reports back to the referring GP on your progress. You then need to return to the GP so s/he can review and assess your need for a further four sessions. Sessions cannot commence or recommence until we have received your referral.

How much do I have to pay for a counselling session if I have a GP referral?

  Please note: There are out-of-pocket costs if you request us to write support letters, legal reports, assessment reports, etc.

Referral Information we require:

In order to proceed with counselling services under the Medicare scheme, we require:

  • your medicare card number
  • an appropriately written Mental Health Care Plan referral from your GP 

When we receive your referral in the post, we will make contact with you. Alternatively, you can call us or email your referral. 

Confidentiality and Session Cancellation Policies:

The i​nformation that you provide remains confidential and protected!

Please click on the link below to view our Personal Information, Confidentiality and Cancellation Policy information:

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