Medicare - Better Access to Mental Health Care Program
Under Medicare's Better Access to Mental Health Care Program, Psychologists and Clinical Social Workers can provide approved focused psychological strategies and psychological therapies for a broad range of commonly experienced mental health problems including depression, anxiety, panic, bipolar, phobias, substance issues, sleep problems, grief, loss and trauma related conditions.
Some of the various approved treatments include cognitive-behaviour therapy, interpersonal therapy, eye movement desensitisation therapy (EMDR), relaxation and stress management techniques, skills training including problem solving skills, anger management and communication skills. Please feel free to ask us any questions about the different therapies and treatments we offer, or visit our team's profiles to learn more about the specific therapy approaches our Clinicians offer.
Referrals Under Medicare
Psychological treatment under Medicare involves a collaborative approach between your Doctor (either your GP, Psychiatrist or Paediatrician) and your Clinician.
To be referred under Medicare you will need to be assessed by your Doctor and if they assess it is appropriate, either a GP Mental Health Care Plan (if being referred by your GP) or a Psychiatrist Assessment and Management Plan (if being referred by your Psychiatrist) will be provided. Your Doctor may choose to refer you to a specific Medicare-accredited Clinician at Psychology One, or make a general referral to Psychology One following which our experienced reception team will assist you with finding the Clinician whose expertise best matches your needs.
To ensure you receive the best support, your Clinician needs to work collaboratively with your Doctor, and will need to correspond with your Doctor at intermittent periods over the course of your treatment to advise your Doctor of your progress.
Number of Sessions
Under the Better Access to Mental Health Care Program, people may be eligible for a rebate for up to ten individual counselling sessions, and up to ten group therapy sessions, in a calendar year. Medicare requires that you, your Clinician and your Doctor periodically review (every four to six sessions) how you are progressing with treatment.
Under some circumstances, a further 10 sessions may be accessed per calendar year.