Do I need a referral to see a psychologist?
No. You don’t have to have a referral but it is highly recommended that you obtain a Mental Health Treatment Plan for your child from the GP before your first visit as this entitles you to Medicare rebates which can reduce the out of pocket costs of your child’s sessions.
How can I get a Mental Health Treatment Plan for my child?
Make an appointment to see your GP and let them know you are after a Mental Health Treatment Plan for your child as this will usually require a longer appointment. If you explain why you want your child to visit the psychologist, most GPs will be happy to write a Plan for you, although it is completely at their discretion.
How many sessions can I get a rebate for?
You can claim up to 10 session rebates in a calendar year from Medicare using a “Mental Health Treatment Plan” for psychology. If you are seeing our OT or Speech Pathologist, you can get a different Plan called a “Chronic Disease Management Plan” which entitles you to 5 sessions in a calendar year with those specialists.
Do the Medicare rebates fully cover costs?
Unfortunately not. Our sessions are $160 for a 50 minute session, and the Medicare rebate is $84.80 so there is about a $75 out of pocket cost for each psychology visit.
Do you bulk bill sessions?
Unfortunately, as a private practice, we can’t afford to bulk bill sessions. We don’t have access to government support or charitable donations like a not-for-profit might. However, there are psychology services that bulk bill and these are usually run from local community health services so if the cost of our sessions is prohibitive, your local community health service may be a better option.
If I just want an assessment done, why do I have to do an intake session first?
1. We have to determine if the requested assessment is appropriate.
2. We have to meet your child to determine how many sessions we will need to complete the assessment. Some children will take longer to complete the process than others depending on their individual attention span.
3. We need to determine what the assessment is for exactly as this may affect what reports and letters are required based on the outcome of the assessment.
4. We need to obtain a developmental history of the child which is important to include in any reports in order to provide appropriate context.
How long does it take to get a report?
It takes a minimum of 4 weeks after completion of the assessment sessions to score and write the report. In most cases, our clinician will go through the report with you at a feedback session. In most cases, your child will not attend the feedback session.