Sessions are 50 minutes. My fee is $180 per session.
As of December 2021, the Medicare rebate per 50-minute consultation with a registered psychologist is $87.45. Throughout 2021, Medicare will rebate up to twenty psychological consultations. To be eligible for a rebate, a patient must be referred by a GP, paediatrician or psychiatrist. If symptoms meet Medicare’s criteria for psychological consultations, your doctor will issue a Mental Health Care Plan and referral.
You do not need a referral from a doctor to see a psychologist. You can simply call direct and book a consultation. It just means that you cannot claim a Medicare rebate if you don’t have a referral. Some patients book directly because it caters to their privacy concerns, they may not be eligible for a Medicare rebate, or they want a therapeutic approach which is not restricted by Medicare.