Since 1st November, 2006 the Australian Government introduced new Medicare items to cover psychological treatment by registered psychologists and clinical psychologists. Medicare rebate can be obtained for psychological sevices from a psychologist or clinical psychologist through the Better Access to Mental Heath Care initiative.
How do I get a Mental Health Care plan?
To avail of the Medicare Rebate you need to get a referral from your GP for a Mental Health Care Plan (MHCP). Please book a double session with the GP as it takes approx 30-40mins to complete the MHCP assessment with the GP. The MHCP must be dated on or before the date of your appointment with Psychology Australia to be eligible for the rebate. MHCP referrals may also be obtained from your Psychiatrist or your paediatrician.
The Mental Health Care Plan covers for up to 10 individual sessions per calendar year. The initial referral will cover for the first 6 sessions. A review is conducted with the GP after the 6th session, where an extension for an additional 4 sessions is completed.
What is covered under a Mental Health Care Plan (MHCP)?
The plan covers psychological disorders that have a significant impact on an individual's thoughts, emotions, decision-making and social skills arising from the following:
•Alcohol use disorder •Anxiety disorders •Adjustment disorder
•Attention Deficit disorder •Bereavement disorder •Bipolar disorder
•Conduct disorder •Co-occurring Anxiety and Depression •Depression
•Drug use disorder •Eating disorders •Obsessive compulsive disorder
•Panic disorder disorder •Phobic disorder •Post-traumatic stress
•Psychotic disorder •Schizophrenia •Sexual disorder