Focused Psychological Strategies under the Medicare program known as 'Better Access' offers support to people dealing with difficulties such as anxiety and depression. This means that if you have a Mental Health Care Plan from your GP, you are eligible to claim a significant proportion of your counselling fees from Medicare. Through this plan you are entitled to a rebate for up to 10 individual therapy sessions in a calendar year.
In order to access this service follow these steps:
If you think that you may be experiencing the sorts of difficulties covered by this program, feel free to contact your GP to discuss it further with them.
Pregnancy Options Counselling
Rebates are available for up to three sessions of non-directive pregnancy options counselling per person, per pregnancy. It is available to people who are pregnant or have been pregnant in the last 12 months. To receive the Medicare rebate for pregnancy options counselling you will need to get a referral from a GP.
Private Health Insurance
Clients with private health insurance may be able to claim substantial portions of their fee from their health insurance company. Each policy includes different amounts of cover, contact your private health insurer for details of your cover in relation to psychology services.