Therapy fees are linked to the Australian Psychological Society recommended rate (currently $246 for a 50 minute session), but are significantly lower than this, and will be discussed at the time of making an appointment. You may be eligible to have all or a proportion of your fees rebated by Medicare, depending on your circumstances.

No referral is required unless you wish to claim a rebate from Medicare. The full fee must be paid on the day of your appointment. 

So that cancelled sessions can be offered to someone else, reasonable notice must be given for cancellations. Appointments cancelled with less than 24 (business) hours notice will be charged at the full fee.

Medicare rebates

Kathy is registered as a clinical psychologist with Medicare. This means that, depending on your diagnosis, a rebate, currently $124.50, is available for up to 10 sessions per calendar year with a referral from your doctor. Threrfore there may be a gap between session fees and Medicare or health fund rebates. You will need to book a long session with your GP and obtain both a referral and a Mental Health Care Plan, to be eligible for the rebate. You can also be referred by your psychiatrist. Kathy is happy to discuss the pros and cons of using Medicare before you make an appointment.

Kathy is also registered to provide Pregnancy Support Counselling (http://www.health.gov.au/internet/main/publishing.nsf/Content/health-pcd-pregnancy-support.htm). Medicare rebates ($62.20) are available for 3 sessions per pregnancy, for a current pregnancy or one which occurred in the previous 12 months. 

Private health fund rebates

Kathy is registered with major health funds, but you will need to check your psychology cover. Some health funds now require that you have exhausted your Medicare-rebated sessions for the year.

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