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.

Medicare has now introduced Telehealth which enables people in rural and remote areas to access psychological counselling via video conferencing, supported by a Medicare rebate. 

You will need to bring a GP Mental Health Care Plan to your first Psychology appointment to claim a Medicare rebate. 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.