On this page, I'd like to fully inform you about the fast access you can expect into my clinical psychology practice, the fees, rebates and the practice's 48 hour notice of 'cancellation/change and fail to attend policy' for all appointments; I hope that this will greatly assist you in your important decision-making about how you seek effective treatment from a competent clinical psychologist for your current difficulties.
Services are provided face to face, or via phone or Facetime/Skype/VSee. Please note that Medicare will now also provide for rebates for Facetime/Skype/VSee/Zoom delivered therapy services for those who reside in an eligible rural area (zone 4 and above) and all services (up to ten consults per annum) are eligible for a Medicare rebate as long as you have sent me a valid GP Mental Health Care Plan (referral) or Psychiatrist referral.
Appointments are offered during business hours and after hours during Monday through Friday inclusive. Saturday morning appointments may, from time to time, be arranged by negotiation.
The anticipated waiting time for your first appointment is almost always within one week only.
At the time of making an appointment, you are invited to discuss with me bringing your partner, family member or close friend with you to the appointment if this is your special preference
Fees are set by the clinic, and are independent of whether or not you are egligbile for a rebate;
As at 01 October, 2018 Current Fees are LOWER than the APS Receommended Fee (the APS fee is $251.00 for a standard 50 minute session). Service fees at my clinic are as follows -
*$ 240.00 for a standard 50 minute consultation
*$ 190.00 ($50- discount) for Full-time Tertiary Students with a Health Care Card Concession Card
(when you bring documentation of proof). This heavily Discounted Rate is slightly
higher than the Bulk Bill fee.
*$ 380.00 for a standard 80 minute consultation
PLEASE NOTE: $ 60.00 loading (on a 50 minute consult) and & $ 90.00 loadings (on a 80 minute consult) for Saturday appointments
Fees are payable on the day at the time of consultation and may be made by VISA, Mastercard and EFTPOS on the EASYCLAIM EFTPOS machine, or cash if you prefer
If claiming a Medicare Rebate, this can be immediately deposited back into your Cheque or Savings Account using the EasyClaim EFTPOS facility
REFERRALS AND REBATES
You do not need a referral to receive a Clinical Psychology consultation; however Medicare and some private health funds will require that you have been referred by a General Practitioner (via a 'Mental Health Care Plan') or Psychiatrist in order to be eligible to receive rebates;
Please note that Medicare will only provide a rebate for a face-to-face consultation in the office, and does not issue rebates for phone or internet therapy services, or cancellation/change/fail to attend fees.
Until Jul 01, 2019 the Medicare Rebate for a Clinical Psychology Consultation is
- $ 124.50 for at least a standard minimum 50 minute consultation,
- For a maximum of 10 consultations within a calendar year
- And, if relevant, up to 10 group-based therapy consultations within a calendar year
CANCELLATION/CHANGE and FAIL TO ATTEND POLICY
The consultation cancellation fees are as follows, and payable on the day of consult:
* 0–48 hours notice: Full fee
* 48–72 hours notice: 50% of fee
* more than 72 hours notice: No fee
Please note that a cancellation may not be given via text messaging, since the telecommunications companies advise that there is no guarantee for the delivery of a text message
Please be aware that, by accepting an appointment booking, you provide your agreement with the terms and conditions of the 'Cancellation/Change and Fail to Attend Policy'
Please note that, in exceptional circumstances, where a parent is paying for their adult child's consultation, payment will be required no less than 48 hours prior to the consultation.