A good understanding of the available funding options for your child and family will assist you to mke informed decisions regarding their care. It may also make accessing therapy more affordable for you and your family. However, please note that you do not require any medical referrals or rebated support to access psychology services.
Professional services will vary in cost depending on the type of service required (counselling, reports and/or assessment) and length of treatment. Please make contact for an accurate assessment of your need.
Mental Health Care Plans (MHCP)
GP’s may prepare a Mental Health Care Plan to refer their patients for psychological support. Mental Health Plans can be used by patients to access both individual and group sessions. Eligibility is assessed by your GP and close monitoring and review by your GP is recommended. A standard plan will allow for six therapy sessions, then following a GP review you may be eligible for another four sessions, to a maximum of ten claimable sessions per calendar year. Medicare pays a rebate for the cost of these sessions, this rebate is more if families have reached their Medicare Safety Net threshold. Please read more about the Medicare Safety Net threshold below.
Enhanced Primary Care (EPC) Plan
GP’s can also prepare Chronic Disease Management (CDM) plans for children who require access to a number of different therapy services. A CDM referral allows a child to access five therapy sessions over a 12 month period at a reduced rate.
National Dissability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)
The NDIS provides support to eligible people with intellectual, physical, sensory, cognitive and psychosocial disability. Early intervention supports can also be provided for eligible people with disability or children with developmental delay. The NDIS will fund reasonable and necessary supports that help people with disability to achieve their goals. Reasonable and necessary supports are associated with day-to-day living and help to improve a persons participation in their community and the workforce.
Eating Disorder Plan (EDP) – NEW
Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) has introduced new schedules to support a model of best practice evidence based care for patients with anorexia nervosa and other eligible patients with eating disorders. The plan can include up to 20 Medicate-subsidised sessions with a dietition and 40 sessions with a mental health clinician over a 12-month period. A referral from a GP is required for this rebate to be applied.
Medicare Safety Net Threshold
The Medicare Safety Net Threshold provides financial assistance for individuals and families who accrue high our-of-pocket expenses for out-of-hospital Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) services. Once you have reached your Medicare Safety Net Threshold you may be eligible for additional medicare rebate assistance for MBS services for the remainder of the calendar year.
Ready to make a change?
It can take courage to seek support when you are in need. If you have any questions or queries about our practice, we encourage you to call or send us an email. We would be more than happy to assist you in any way we can.
1/267 Hawthorn Road
Caulfield North VIC 3161
Phone: (03) 9013 7004
Fax: (03) 9012 4477
Children / Adolescent Counselling
What makes us different
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Evidence Based Methodology