Clients can be eligible for 10 sessions per calendar year under the Medicare system with a Mental Health Care Plan which can be obtained by visiting a GP. There is a small gap with this service, you do not have to visit Medicare to receive the rebate of $86.15; it will be refunded on the spot when you attend your appointment.
Standard Rate (With Mental Health Care Plan)
The standard rate for each session is $140, the out of pocket fee is $53.85 after receiving the $86.15 Medicare rebate.
A reduced session rate is offered to concession card holders referred by a GP under a Mental Health Care Plan.
The concession rate is $120, with an out of pocket fee of $33.85 after you receive a Medicare rebate for $86.15.
Work Cover and TAC services are available for client’s who have sustained an injury in the workplace or have suffered from psychological symptoms following a road accident.
Clients with Private Health Insurance may have access to rebates through their health insurer depending on the level of cover. Please contact your insurance company for further information.
Victims of Crime Assistance Tribunal (VOCAT) may offer financial assistance for the cost for psychological services for those who have been a victim of a crime or have witnessed a crime. In order to have access to these sessions the individual is required to have reported the crime to the police and submitted an Application for Counselling Form with VOCAT. For more information please refer to the VOCAT website www.vocat.vic.gov.au or contact our office for more information.
Clients can also self refer (without visiting a GP or wish to continue with counselling after they have utilised all of their 10 sessions through Medicare). This means they will need to pay the full fee for each session and this fee is determined by the income status of the client; a reduced fee is offered to concession card holders ($120) and full fee ($140) is the standard fee for clients without a concession card.
Clients may sometimes require a psychologist to write a report in relation to their mental health issues for various reasons and purposes for example legal matters (e.g., Work Cover and TAC insurers or lawyers) or a client may require a letter to provide to Centrelink. Ample notice is required for report requests as reports take a considerable amount of time and effort to prepare. Reports are considered as a matter of importance and will be of a high professional standard. There are different fees for different reports and letters. Please contact our office for more information if required.