News and Changes
Till 31st December 2021, Medicare rebates apply to all telehealth sessions (whether videoconference or via telephone) provided by a registered psychologist when the client has a current mental health care plan from their GP. This applies regardless of where the psychologist is based (must be in Australia of course) or where the client is located (city, regional or remote).
There remains hope that this telehealth arrangement can be made permanent, with an announcement to clarify that imminent as we approach the end of 2021.
Meantime, Peter is providing face-to-face services from his Mooloolaba office, as current Covid-19 related regulations allow in Queensland. Peter is fully vaccinated against Covid-19 and expects to receive his first booster shot in early 2022.
Coronavirus Mental Health Support Links
As a registered NDIS provider, I am able to develop and implement Positive Behaviour Support Plans as well as provide general psychological counselling for eligible NDIS participants with an appropriate plan.
All telehealth services require a fee for service ($120) and may attract a Medicare rebate ($88.25) if the client has a mental health care plan referral from their GP / doctor. Clients are also free to arrange a telehealth session without a referral but no rebate applies.
All telehealth clients (except those funded via agencies such as Workcover, DVA, etc) are required to pay a fee in advance of scheduled sessions. Options for payment include via a nominated credit card or via EFT bank transfer. Telehealth sessions will not proceed unless such payments are made in advance.