Nicole is registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and has a Medicare provider number, enabling you to claim a Medicare rebate for your counselling sessions, currently $87.45 per session when under a Mental Health Care Plan.
A Medicare rebate may be obtainable under the Better Access to Mental Health Care Program if you are referred by your General Practitioner (GP) with a Mental Health Care Plan. In order to obtain a MHCP, it will be necessary to book an appointment with your GP to discuss your mental health concerns. Your GP will either give you a hard copy of the plan, or email it to Nicole with a letter of referral. You can also request MHCPs from a Psychiatrist or Paediatrician. These documents will entitle you to a Medicare rebate. All you need to do is email Nicole or bring these documents to your first consultation in order to receive your Medicare rebate.
An initial MHCP allows you to obtain six Medicare rebated sessions. After the initial six sessions a review is required to determine your eligibility for an additional four sessions. The number of psychological therapy sessions that eligible clients are able to receive through Medicare is 10 individual sessions per calendar year.
Special Note: From 7 August 2020 to 31 March 2021, the government has announced that they will provide 10 additional Medicare subsidised psychological therapy sessions.
Provided you have a MHCP in place, you pay the full fee at the end of your consultation. We submit an electronic Medicare claim once payment has been made, and the rebated amount of $87.45 is reimbursed back into your nominated bank account. Alternatively, you are welcome to take your invoices to your nearest Medicare office and lodge them over the counter.