The APS publishes a recommended schedule of fees as a guide for psychologists providing private psychology services. The 2019-2020 Recommended Schedule of fees has set the standard 45 to 60 minute consultation fee at $260. The fee at which a service is set is at the discretion of the individual psychologist.
Fees at Breakthrough Psychology Practice depend on the components on the type of service and the Clinician (Registered or Clinical Psychologist) that each client requires. Below is a fee guide at Breakthrough Psychology Practice. These fees are subject to change at the discretion of the Psychologist.
Please note that full Payment is due on the day of the appointment either by Credit Card (Visa and Mastercard). Medicare rebates are only provided after the completion of payment. Breakthrough Psychology Practice utilises electronic payment system, Halaxy Software for ease of processing payments and receiving Medicare rebates.
GST is not payable on psychological services if the service is the appropriate treatment of the client/patient. When a third party, however contracts for the service, for example a child care centre, school, community health group, private organisation, etc GST must be charged. GST is also charged for Clinical supervision and Psychometric Testing.
Breakthrough Psychology Practice has a 48 hour cancellation policy. If a cancellation is made within 48 hours you will be charged $100 before your next appointment, unless other arrangements have been agreed to with the practice Principal.
Medicare benefits are available for a range of specified psychological services as long as you have a Mental Health Care Plan from your GP or referral from a Pediatrician or Psychiatrist.
Private Health Funds
Private health insurers may also rebate part of the cost of psychological consultations. Contact your health insurance provider for further information.
How many sessions do I get?
Your GP can refer you to a Psychologist utilising a Mental Health Care Plan (MHCP). This gives you access to 20 sessions in a calendar year. The GP must specify the number of sessions they are initially referring you for in their MHCP. The GP can refer you for 6 or 10 sessions initially. When you have utilised these sessions, you will need to return to your GP for a review on your progress and you are eligible to obtain a re-referral of a MHCP for another 6 or 10 sessions. In total, you maybe referred by your GP for 6, 10, 4 sessions or 10, 6, 4 sessions in a calendar year.
Of course, you may decide that you would prefer to see a Psychologist without a Mental Health Care Plan too.
What makes me eligible for a MHTP?
Most MHTPs are for depression or anxiety. Here’s the full list of conditions that are eligible:
Post-traumatic stress disorder
Attention deficit disorder
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Co-occurring anxiety and depression