Psychology Mildura has a practitioner which is Medicare registered. This gives individuals the Medicare Rebate if it has been referred under this scheme.
All Medicare referrals must come via your GP and the appropriate paperwork which is a Mental Health Care Plan needs to be present at the first session.
Medicare rebates are currently available for up to ten individual counselling sessions per calendar year (and up to 10 group sessions, although these are generally more appropriate for adults).
Your Mental Health Care Plan paperwork can be hand delivered, mailed, E-mailed or faxed prior to the first appointment.
How do you get a referral to a psychologist so that you can claim Medicare rebates for counselling?
Step 1: Book an appointment with your GP. You will need to ask for a long consultation or tell the receptionist that you specifically require a Mental Health Care Plan.
Step 2: Discuss your concerns with your doctor. They may ask you to complete a brief questionnaire about your child or have your child complete it. Most Mental Health Care Plans are for anxiety or depression, however, there is a full list of issues (see below) which are eligible for treatment under a Mental Health Care Plan.
Paediatricians and psychiatrists can also refer directly to a psychologist by writing a letter (without preparing a Mental Health Care Plan).
You can ask for your referral to be made out to a specific psychologist or to a specific clinic.
Some of the types of mental health issues which can be GP referred under the Mental Health Care Plan are:
- Anxiety disorder
- Adjustment disorder
- Attention deficit disorder
- Bereavement disorders
- Conduct disorders
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
- Post-traumatic stress