Medicare introduced Telehealth on 1 November 2017, enabling people in rural and remote areas to access psychological counselling via video conferencing, supported by a Medicare rebate. At this point, a face to face session must occur within the first four sessions, although challenges are currently being made to this clause, as a visit toPerth is not easy for many people living in remote areas and needing psychological help. Rebates are the same as the usual face to face sessions, but a different item number is used.

The Medicare Initiative enables you to receive a rebate when you see a Clinical Psychologist or a Psychologist in a private setting. To qualify, you need a referral from a GP, psychiatrist or paediatrician outlining a psychological condition and the treatment required.

Up to 10 Medicare session can be held in a calendar year, with a GP review about half way through treatment, depending on the doctor's recommendation. Rebates for up to 10 group sessions in a calendar year can also be claimed, in addition to individual treatment.

Please note: You will need to bring a GP Mental Health Care Plan to your first Psychology appointment to claim a Medicare rebate, and please arrive a little early so that the paperwork can be completed by Chelsea Psychology's friendly staff.  You can discuss with your therapist whether ongoing psychological support is needed after about six sessions of treatment. You will then need to consult your doctor for a review of your treatment plan.

Rebates can be claimed online through the Medicare Express app.