Do I need a referral to see a psychologist?
No, you do not need a referral to see a psychologist at Growth Psychology. You can phone and make an appointment when you feel counselling would be helpful to you.
If I have a referral from my GP, are Medicare rebates available?
Yes, clients referred by their GP under a Mental Health Care Plan are able to receive a Medicare rebate of $84.80 for 10 individual psychology sessions a year. A rebate is also available for some group therapy sessions.
Medicare rebates are not available for couples counselling or career development.
What is a Mental Health Care Plan?
A Mental Health Care Plan is prepared by your GP following a Mental Health Assessment. In order to prepare your Plan, your GP will most likely ask you to complete a questionnaire about how you have been feeling lately and will also speak with you about your concerns. Mental Health Care Plans are generally provided for issues such as depression, anxiety and stress and outline proposed treatment options and goals to improve your psychological health.
How many Medicare sessions can I receive?
When your GP refers you under a Mental Health Care Plan, you are eligible to receive a Medicare rebate for 10 individual psychology sessions and 10 group psychology sessions in an annual year. Your GP will conduct a review to monitor your progress after your first 6 sessions.
Can I claim through my Health Fund?
Depending on your level of extra’s cover you may be eligible for a rebate from your Health Fund for individual therapy, couples counselling and group programs. However, you cannot receive both a Medicare and Health Fund rebate for the same session. Due to the differences between Health Funds we recommend you contact your Fund if you want to find out if you are covered for psychological services.