Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need a Referral?
Contact Mark for further information on session fees.
Clinical psychology consultation services are exempt from GST. However, cancellation fees and some forms of ancillary work (e.g., certain types of report writing or correspondence) may not be exempt from GST. All consultations are for 50 minutes. Longer consultations are available and incur a higher fee. Payment is required via cash, cheque or eftpos/credit card at the time of the consultation. Please visit my fees and rebate page for more information.
How much is the Medicare rebate?
For clinical psychology sessions the Medicare rebate since 2022 has been $136. This value may increase further at some stage, although the amount will obviously depend on Government policy settings. Check with medicare for the latest rebate amount. However, as mentioned above you will need either a Mental Health Plan set-up by your doctor, or a referral letter from a psychiatrist to be eligible for Medicare rebated sessions.
How many sessions can I claim under Medicare?
You can only claim a maximum of 10 therapy sessions per calendar year. The doctor may initially approve up to 6 sessions (or less), and a further 4 sessions can be approved if they think is is appropriate. Again, a letter is required from your doctor approving further sessions.
Can I claim sessions though private health insurance?
In an emergency that involves your safety or the safety of others, I may be legally required to contact other agencies. In addition, Courts can subpoena psychologist’s records. For more details about confidentiality you can ask me at our first consultation.