PAYMENT OPTIONS

Medicare

In Australia, patients can access Medicare for psychology services through several pathways.

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Mental Health Treatment Plan

Developed by a GP, this plan is for individuals diagnosed with a mental health condition. It involves an initial assessment by the GP, who then creates a tailored treatment plan. This plan includes up to 10 subsidized therapy sessions per year with a mental health professional. It’s designed to provide structured support and intervention, improving the patient’s mental health through individualized care. The plan is part of the Better Access initiative, which aims to improve access and outcomes for mental health care.

Chronic Disease Management Plan

This plan is for individuals with chronic medical conditions, including mental health issues. Managed by a GP, the plan involves coordinated care among multiple health professionals. Patients receive a comprehensive management plan, focusing on long-term care and monitoring. It includes allied health services, which are partly funded by Medicare. This approach is beneficial for patients requiring ongoing management of complex health conditions, integrating physical and mental health care.

Pregnancy Support Counseling

Specifically for women experiencing mental health challenges related to pregnancy, this service covers sessions with qualified psychologists or social workers. Issues addressed include pregnancy-related anxiety, postnatal depression, and other mental health conditions linked to pregnancy and childbirth. It emphasizes early intervention and support, helping women navigate the psychological aspects of pregnancy and early motherhood.

Better Access Initiative

This initiative aims to provide improved access to mental health professionals, including psychologists. It supports people with mental health disorders by subsidizing sessions with mental health practitioners. The initiative makes mental health care more accessible and affordable, addressing the need for timely mental health intervention and ongoing support.

Eating Disorder Treatment and Management Plan (EDTMP)

Tailored for individuals with eating disorders, this plan offers a structured treatment and management approach. It covers a range of services, including psychological therapy and nutritional counseling, with the aim of providing comprehensive care for eating disorders. The EDTMP is a collaborative effort between various healthcare professionals, ensuring a holistic approach to treatment and recovery.

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)

CAMHS is dedicated to supporting the mental health of children and adolescents up to the age of 18. It provides a range of services including assessment, therapy, and support for young people experiencing mental health issues. CAMHS teams usually comprise multidisciplinary professionals including psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, and nurses. The service focuses on early intervention, aiming to address mental health issues in their developmental stage to prevent long-term impact. Referral to CAMHS often comes from GPs, schools, or other healthcare professionals.