The current fee recommended by the Australian Psychological Society (APS) is $260 for a consultation of 46 – 60 minutes duration.
The current fee schedule is as follows (for a 50-55 minute appointment):
(Fees reviewed yearly)
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Fees for a Standard Weekday session range from
$170 to $220
per session depending on your Clinician’s level of experience.
Saturday Morning & Evening sessions (5pm onwards) cost $20 more than standard weekly sessions – (i.e., Total fee would range from $190 – $240)
As of 1st July 2020, the Medicare Rebate is
- $128.40 per standard consultation with a Clinical Psychologist
- $87.45 per standard consultation with a Clinical Psychology Registrar
- $32.60 per group consultation with a Clinical Psychologist
PLEASE NOTE: NO Bulkbill Offered
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How to qualify for Medicare rebates
In order to receive the Medicare rebate on psychology sessions you must first obtain a ‘referral letter’ and a ‘Mental Health Care Plan’ from your GP or Psychiatrist.
When making the appointment with the GP, make sure you tell the receptionist that you require a referral to a psychologist as this may require them to book a longer session.
For sessions which are part of a Mental Health Care Plan the Medicare rebate is processed at the end of the day (so you don’t have to line up at Medicare to get your rebate).
You are able to receive rebates for 10 sessions per calendar year. The initial referral is for a maximum of 6 sessions, so you will be required to return to your GP for a review, which with GP approval will allow you 4 more sessions for that calendar year. http://www.health.gov.au/internet/main/publishing.nsf/Content/mental-ba-fact-pat
Currently, UNTIL June 2022, the Federal Government have also provided a medicare rebate for 10 Additional Sessions due to Covid. This means you may be able to access a total of 20 sessions in 2021, and possibly 2022.
How to claim using your Private Health Cover
Rebates are available from most private health funds. It’s important to consult your Private Health Cover policy or call them to determine the rebates available to you.
However, you cannot claim a Medicare rebate and a Private Health Fund rebate on the same appointment, therefore many people choose to use up the number of Medicare sessions available for a calendar year (up to 10 sessions) and then use their private cover for additional appointments – some funds even require this now. In order to use your private health cover, we can provide you with a receipt and you will be able claim your refund direct from your provider.