Fees for some psychological services may attract a rebate through Medicare or other fundings programs.
Mental Health Care Plans (MHCP)
Your child may be eligible to receive a Mental Health Care Plan prepared under the Better Access to Mental Health Scheme. General Practitioners, Paediatricians and Psychiatrists can refer their patients for psychological services such that the patient can access both individual and group sessions.
Eligibility is assessed by the referring doctor who will monitor and review regularly. A mental health care plan allows for six therapy sessions following which the patient will require a review from the doctor who then assesses and decides whether a further four sessions are warranted. A maximum of ten sessions per calendar year are rebatable. Psychologists who hold general registration attract a minimum rebate of $84.80 under Better Access MHCP. This rebate increases if families have reached their Medicare Safety Net threshold.
Enhanced Primary Care (EPC) and Chronic Disease Management (CDM) Plan
Doctors can also prepare an EPC plan or a CDM plan for children who require access to a number of different therapy services. These referrals can be used to access Psychology, Speech Therapy, Occupational Therapy and Paediatric Physiotherapy services. An EPC referral allows a child to access up to five therapy sessions over a 12-month period. Medicare pays a rebate for these sessions (minimum $52.95), which increases if families reach their Medicare Safety Net threshold.
Please note that parents are not able to claim a rebate under their child’s MHCP when they attend parent sessions.
Learning assessments are not claimable under Medicare.
Private Health Fund
You may be entitled to a rebate through your private health fund depending on the level of extras cover. Please check with your private health fund to determine if you are eligible.
Leanne also provides psychological services under the Transport Accident Commission.
Payment is strictly to be made on the day of the appointment and can be arranged by direct transfer, credit or eftpos.
A minimum of 24 hours notice is required if you are unable to attend an appointment. The cancellation is required during business hours in order to allow sufficient time to offer the appointment time to other clients. The appointment time has been reserved specifically for you, so all missed of forgotten appointments or late cancellations will incur a full fee.
Please note that fees for late cancellations or appointments not attended are not covered by any funding schemes and therefore no rebates will apply.