The fee is $190 per 50-minute session.
Information about Medicare rebates for psychology treatment is available on the Australian Psychological Society (APS) website.
This rebate is available if you are referred by your GP or psychiatrist under a Mental Health Treatment Plan. The process is as follows:
Step 1: Your GP or psychiatrist prepares a Mental Health Treatment Plan for you and refers you for a course of treatment of up to 6 individual sessions with a psychologist (rebates/sessions 1-6).
Step 2: After you have completed the initial course of treatment, you can return to your GP or psychiatrist for a review of your Mental Health Treatment Plan and obtain up to 4 additional individual sessions (rebates/sessions 7-10).
Step 3: From 9 October 2020 until 30 June 2022, 10 additional individual psychological therapy sessions became available to all eligible patients who have used all of their 10 sessions in a calendar year. To access these additional sessions (rebates/sessions 11-20), you need to see your GP or psychiatrist for review of your Mental Health Treatment Plan.
Once you claim your Medicare rebate, the co-payment is $60.45 per session ($190 fee – $129.55 rebate).
Your Medicare rebate can be processed instantly with the Medicare Easy Claim facility at the practice.
Some private insurance policies provide rebates for treatment by a psychologist.
Please check with your health insurance provider for more information.