The consultation fees that psychologists charge vary according to type of service being offered. The individual psychologist that you choose to see at The Wellspring Centre for Clinical & Health Psychology will discuss their fee structure with you prior to you making an appointment.
There are government and private rebates that apply for psychological services.
On November 1 2006, the Australian Government introduced Medicare Rebates for psychological services. These are available under Medicare’s Better Access to Mental Health Care initiative. This scheme offers financial assistance to individuals living with mental health problems, allowing them easier access to psychological services.
The Better Access to Mental Health Care Rebate offers referred individuals 6 psychology sessions per Calendar Year, with an additional 4 if this is considered reasonable and necessary by your psychologist and General Practitioner. In most cases, your claim can be processed on the spot at The Wellspring Centre for Clinical & Health Psychology.
To be eligible for the Better Access to Mental Health Care Rebate, you will need to consult your GP, psychiatrist, or paediatrician to obtain a written referral to the relevant psychologist and complete a Mental Health Care Treatment Plan.
More information about this initiative can be viewed in the Australian Psychological Society Medicare-consumer fact sheet.
There is also an excellent sheet here about Medicare Rebates for Chronic disease management
There are a number of other Medicare schemes which provide rebates for psychological services for specific problems (for example pregnancy support, children with disabilities and chronic illness). Follow this link for more information: Medicare APS.
Private Health Insurance Rebates
Most private health insurers offer rebates for psychological services.
To claim a rebate at The Wellspring Centre for Clinical & Health Psychology the following steps need to take place:
– you must be covered by ancillary benefits insurance (the extras table)
– the psychologist you see needs to be approved by your health fund
– some health funds may require a medical referral
We have a HICAPS terminal on-site and in most cases we can process the private health rebate on the spot for you. Alternatively your psychologist will provide you with a receipt to take to your insurer (and you can often do this on line).
Other Government Rebates:
There are other government rebates available for psychological services depending on individual circumstance. Depending on your situation the following agencies might provide psychological services for you.