Referrals & Rebates
Under the Allied Health Initiative for Better Mental Health Outcomes, individuals are able to access specific psychological services and receive a Medicare rebate. This rebate is designed to allow more people within the community to access psychological assistance when in need. The initiative allows persons who are referred by their GP under a Mental Health Care Plan to claim Medicare rebates for attended appointments.
No referral is required unless you wish to claim on Medicare.
How to Get Medicare Rebates for Your appointments
If you feel you have any mental health concerns, such as feeling depressed, anxious, stressed or are experiencing personal difficulties, you may be eligible to receive Medicare rebated psychological consultations under the provision of a Mental Health Care Plan. Below are steps that will help you obtain a Mental Health Care Plan from your GP.
Approaching a GP for a Mental Health Care Plan
Phone your local Medical Practice and ask the receptionist to book in a longer consultation with your doctor as you will be requiring a Mental Health Care Plan assessment (please note a Mental Health Care Plan requires additional time to be completed).
You may also be eligible for a rebate from your Private Health Insurer.