Our Psychologists are registered with Medicare. Fees and rebates differ depending on whether you are seeking therapy or assessment services.
Therapy Fees are $200 per 50 minute session for individuals with a Psychologist, $220 for a clinical Psychologist and $220 for couples or families.
Out of standard hours appointments vary and different charges may apply.
Learning Disorder/Educational Assessments are $1600 and generally involve an initial interview, up to four hours of testing, a feedback session to explain results and a comprehensive report.
Other assessments are charged at $220 per hour and total time is dependent on the specific issue.
Payments can be made by cash, bank transfer, EFTPOS and all major credit cards.
Payments need to be made for each session at the time it is held, unless otherwise arranged with your psychologist. For example, assessments can be paid in full upon completion if preferred.
All of our clinicians are fully registered with the Australian Health Professional Registration Agency (AHPRA) are registered with Medicare and various private health insurance companies in order to allow clients access to rebates for services.
There are a number of Australian Government initiatives under which psychologists are eligible to provide services under Medicare. Medicare benefits are available for a range of specified psychology services for individuals with certain conditions, and to receive psychological services under Medicare, a person must be referred by his/her GP or in some instances by a psychiatrist or a pediatrician.
A broad outline is provided below, however, for more details click here.
Medicare Rebates for Therapy
You do not require a referral from a treating Doctor to access services at Deakin Psychology. However, to receive a rebate through Medicare for therapy, you must have a Mental Health Care Plan or a Primary Enhanced Care Plan from your GP or Pediatrician. Rebates vary but generally you may receive up to $124.50 per session depending on the presenting issue and the specific qualifications of the psychologist. The referral must state that you or our child is referred for psychological support under one of these care plans and a care plan has to be attached. Please ensure your GP or Pediatrician gives you a copy of the full care plan as you will be required to present it at the first appointment in order to receive the rebate.
With a Mental Health Treatment Plan, you may access a rebate for up to 10 individual counselling sessions per calendar year. Your Psychologist will provide a progress report to your referring Doctor during your treatment and you will need to see them for a review of the plan before the final session. Under some circumstances you may be eligible for 16 sessions per calendar year and the Mental Health Treatment Plan also allows you to access rebates for up to 10 group sessions per calendar year. Medicare
Private Health Care Rebates
Your Health Insurer might provide a rebate for psychological services; however, this depends on your health fund and your level of cover. You will need to contact your provider to find out what mental health services your health insurance policy covers and how much you might be able to claim for specific services.
If you have any questions about the mental health coverage your plan provides, please call your Private Health Insurance Company directly.
As a very busy practice we are required to maintain a 48-hour cancellation policy to ensure we can offer an opportunity to other clients who have sought an appointment in any given week. Any appointment cancelled within the 24-hour timeframe may incur a 100 percent charge of the total fee. If you do not attend an appointment then the total charge will apply.
You will receive an SMS or email reminding you of your appointment the day before the scheduled time. However, we understand that your lives are busy, things come up and we sometimes forget about appointments. Therefore, if you miss one appointment, we will accept an apology and if you have a genuine emergency and call to let us know we will understand. However, if you miss an appointment without notifying us, or frequently cancel within the 24 hour period we will need to charge you the full fee.
Please call us if you are unable to attend and we will always endeavor to do our best to reschedule times that suit your personal schedules.