It is important to note, this plan is not required to see a ThoughtMatters counsellor - ONLY if you wish to access a Medicare rebate through seeing a psychologist or social worker. However, rebates for counselling may be available through your private health fund if you are with Bupa, Medibank Private, ahm, HCF, Police Health Fund, St Luke's Health, Emergency Services Health, and Phoenix Health. Please check with them to know the rebate available to you.
Better Access Medicare Initiative The Mental Health Treatment Plan is part of the “Better Access“ Medicare initiative for Focused Psychological Strategies, to improve outcomes for people with a clinically diagnosed mental health disorder. "Better Access" offers the opportunity to receive a rebate for up to 10 individual sessions per calendar year with a registered psychologist who has a Medicare Provider number. A Medicare rebate of $92.90 is available (if your doctor assesses you as eligible), which still leaves a gap fee payable by you. It is important to check the fee charged by the provider to know your 'out of pocket' costs.
To be eligible for the Medicare rebate, you first need to meet with your doctor (either a General Practitioner or Psychiatrist) and your doctor must decide whether you have ‘an assessed mental health disorder’ that significantly interferes with your cognitive, emotional or social functioning.
Your doctor may need a longer appointment to make this assessment. Note that not all GPs refer under this scheme. If your doctor assesses that you are eligible, they will complete a Mental Health Care Plan, which will remain on your health record permanently.
A psychologist’s report is provided to your doctor after the first 6 sessions, and you will then need to meet with your doctor again for a review to access further sessions (up to 10 sessions per calendar year before the Medicare rebates cease).
There are no Medicare rebates available for Couples Therapy.
IMPORTANT: A doctor's referral/Mental Health Treatment Plan is not required to see Vanessa at ThoughtMatters. However, rebates may be available through your private health fund if you are with Bupa, Medibank Private, ahm, Police Health Fund, St Luke's Health, Emergency Services Health, and Phoenix Health. Please check with them to know the rebate available to you.