WHAT IS A MENTAL HEALTH CARE PLAN?
To claim Medicare rebates for psychological services, you will need to obtain a referral letter from a GP, a psychiatrist or a paediatrician, as well as a Mental Health Care Plan, which is also organised by your doctor.
A Mental Health Care Plan is a plan that outlines the presentation of mental health conditions and the support needed to address those conditions.
If you have a Mental Health Care Plan, Medicare will provide rebates for up to 10 sessions per calendar year for psychological services (6 initial sessions, and 4 successive sessions if required). The 4 additional sessions will be discussed with your psychologist, if needed. If you require 4 more sessions, your psychologist will write to the referring doctor and you will also need to make another appointment with him or her so that he/she can re-refer you for the additional sessions.