Under the Better Access to Mental Health Care Initiative of the Australian Government, rebates are available for Psychological treatment. The Better Access to Mental Health Care initiative covers mental disorders arising from:
Alcohol use disorder
Attention deficit disorder
Co-occurring anxiety and depression
Drug use disorder
Obsessive compulsive disorder
Posttraumatic stress disorder
To be eligible to receive treatment through Medicare, you must be referred by your General Practitioner (GP), Psychiatrist or Paediatrician. Your GP must complete a mental health assessment and provide a Mental Health Treatment Plan prior to referring you to a Psychologist. Once you have both a referral and a Mental Health Treatment Plan, you may book an initial consultation with a Psychologist. It is essential to have both documents in place prior to your appointment to minimise difficulties in access to rebates.
The Better Access to Mental Health initiative allows eligible clients to receive:
Up to 10 individual sessions in a calendar year (1 January - 31 December). Your referring doctor will assess your progress after the first six sessions.
Up to 10 group therapy sessions in a calendar year where such services are available and seen as appropriate by your referring doctor and the psychologist.
After you have reached the maximum number of allowable session for the calendar year you will not be eligible for any further Medicare rebates for treatment you receive from a psychologist until the new calendar year.
Medicare will rebate you approximately $86.50* per hour. You must pay the full amount of the consultation and use your detailed receipt to claim a Medicare rebate. Medicare rebates can be applied at the time of payment for your consultation. Alternatively, you can claim where available on your Private Health Insurer's ancillary benefits. You can not use Private Health Insurance to top up the Medicare rebates. You must decide to use either Medicare or Private Health Insurance at any given time.
We welcome your questions and enquiries. Please feel free to contact us with any questions that you may have.
* Subject to change in accordance with the Better Access to Mental Health Care Initiative by the Australian Government