In 2006 the Government introduced the ‘Better Access to Mental Health Care’ initiative allowing qualified allied health professionals, such as social workers to accept referrals from GPs to provide ‘focused psychological strategies’ to treat mental health disorders.
As an Accredited Mental Health Social Worker I am able to offer counselling with Medicare rebates if you are referred on a Mental Health Treatment Plan by your GP. Rebates of $75.95 per session are given for up to 10 sessions per calendar year.
If after 6 sessions you and your GP think you will require more treatment, you will need to see your GP again and ask for a review of your Treatment Plan. This will entitle you to a further 4 sessions under Medicare. More information can be found here:
Any subsequent sessions within the calendar year will incur the full fee.
COVID-19 MBS Tele-health Services - you may be eligible to bulk-billed counselling services from me via video of phone. You can check to see if you meet the criteria here:
For existing clients this will be part of your GP- referred Mental Health Care Plan allocated sessions. If you live more than 15kms from my Annerley practice and have a Mental Health Care Plan you may be entitled to bulk billing.
If you don't meet either criteria and would like to access phone or video counselling, I am currently offering my concession rate of $120.00 for video or phone sessions to anyone who wishes to access it.
Please either bring your Mental Health Care Plan to your first appointment or have your GP arrange a copy to be faxed to me on fax: 07 3189 6871.