Referrals and Rebates
You do not require a referral from a GP to make an appointment with a psychologist or clinical psychologist and you are very welcome to self-refer.
However, in order to receive a Medicare rebate you must be referred by an appropriate medical practitioner (GP, psychiatrist or paediatrician). The doctor must first make an assessment that you need the services of a psychologist. Please make an appointment to discuss this with your GP if you would like further information. Eligible people can receive up to 10 individual sessions in a calendar year. Your referring doctor will assess your progress after the first 6 sessions.
How long is an appointment?
A standard appointment is approximately 55 minutes in duration. Typically an initial appointment will last a little longer, between 1-1.5 hours.
The fee for a standard 55 minute appoinment is $195. Initial appointments are also charged at this rate.
The Medicare rebate for Clinical Psychology Services and Psychologicical Services is available. Medicare will rebate up to a maximum of 10 sessions of psychological therapy services per calendar year. A GP referral is required in order to obtain this rebate ( see notes above under 'Referrals and Rebates). Please be aware that Psychology and Hearing does not offer a bulk billing service.
To download a Medicare Claim Form from the Medicare Australia website please click here
How many sessions will I need?
The number of sessions requied varies from person to person. This will be discussed with you following your first appoinment. If you are making an appoinment for tinnitus management, typically a minimum of 6 sessions is recommended.
Appointments for children
Please note that counselling for children and/or adolescents is not offered at Psychology and Health. Please contact Psychology and Health if you would like more information.