Psychologists Fees & Payments

Fees

Our fee structure is as follows:                                            
Counselling Psychologists:                                            *Medicare rebate

Standard consultation (50-60 minutes)    $150.00          $84.80
Brief consultation (up to 30 minutes)        $80.00           $60.10

*If you qualify for a rebate under the Medicare Better Access to Mental Health Care initiative, which means your doctor will have prepared a Mental Health Care Plan.

In cases of financial hardship, a discounted fee may be negotiated. Please let the Psychologist know if you are on a pension or have a health care card. The Centre is not a bulk billing practice, but our psychologists do bulk-bill some cases.Please discuss this with your psychologist at the first appointment.

Payment

Payment is to be made on the day of each consultation. This enables us to keep fees down and prevents an accumulation of debts. We are happy to accept most credit cards and personal cheques and offer EFTPOS facilities.

Private Health Cover

All the Psychologists are registered as providers with the major private health funds. If you have psychology “extras” in your private health, you will be able to claim for your psychology consultation. The amount of the rebate varies from fund to fund and depends on your level of cover as well.

Medicare - the Better Access to Mental Health Care initiative  

If the GP considers you may be suffering from depression, anxiety, sleep problems or other psychological issues, they will complete a Mental Health Treatment Plan with you and refer you to the Psychologist under Medicare. This type of referral allows a portion of the fees to be rebated by Medicare. (See above under Fee structure)

DVA

Psychologists at the Centre for Healthy Living are registered to see Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) clients to treat conditions such as anxiety, depression, PTSD and to provide support for health conditions such as injury, disability and some chronic diseases.

For DVA to cover your psychology sessions, you will need a referral from one of the following: Local Medical Officer, General Practitioner, medical specialist, hospital discharge planner, another registered psychologist or an approved counsellor from VVCS. The referral will remain active for 12 months.
With the referral in place, there will be no cost to you for the sessions. However you will need to sign a DVA service voucher at each visit. Please remember to bring your DVA card with you to your appointment.

Employee Assistance Programs

Some employers work with the Centre for Healthy Living to make counselling services available to their employees. This is sometimes arranged directly, with the employer contacting us. Employers can also use Employee Assistance Programs managed by organizations such as OPTUM, Acacia Connections or Workcover.

In either case, payments will be covered and you will not be required to make a payment at the time of your session. The various organizations have differing reporting requirements so you are likely to need to complete a form of some kind when you have a counselling session.

The employer will usually specify the number of sessions to be authorized. 
Contact your employer if you feel you have a work-related issue which could be helped by speaking to a counselor.

Cancellation Policy

The psychologists frequently have a waiting list of clients urgently requiring appointments. If you are unable to keep your appointment, you need to give us at least 24 hours’ notice. If the appointment is missed or late notice given, a cancellation fee of $70 will be charged.