Cost is $140.00 per 50 minute session. However, with your Medicare rebate you effectively only pay a gap of $55.20 per session (see below for details).
You have 3 payment options:
1. Referral from your doctor (recommended)
Make an appointment to see your doctor before your first appointment and ask for a referral to a psychologist (called a Mental Health Care Plan), which entitles you to a Medicare rebate of $84.80 per session for a maximum of 10 sessions per calendar year, such that you effectively only pay a gap of $35.50 per session.
Please note that the full amount is payable at time of your appointment. However, you can claim your Medicare rebate on the spot, which will be deposited into your bank account overnight.
You must bring your referral to your first appointment to claim your Medicare rebate.
2. Private health insurance
If you have private health insurance, you may also be entitled to a rebate from your health fund. Rebates vary between funds, so contact your provider for details.
Please note that you can only claim one rebate per session, that is, either your Medicare or health fund rebate.
3. Full fee
You are not required to obtain a referral from your doctor and may simply choose to pay the full fee. However, most people choose to take advantage of the sizeable Medicare rebate, if eligible.
Bulk billing available for low income earners upon presentation of your Health Care card.
Cancellations without 24 hours notice will incur a fee of $110.00.