Telephone and online video counselling sessions now available
CHANGES TO MEDICARE
The most current changes to Medicare services can be found here
MEDICARE UPDATE 9/10/2020 -
From 9 October 2020, the Australian Government will make available 10 additional Medicare subsidised psychological therapy sessions each calendar year. These extra sessions are for people experiencing severe or enduring mental health impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic, and the measures needed to contain it.
To access the additional sessions under the Better Access to Psychiatrists, Psychologists and General Practitioners through the Medicare Benefits Schedule (Better Access) initiative, you must:
- have a Mental Health treatment plan;
- have used the initial 10 individual Better Access sessions in the calendar year you sought a referral; and
- receive a referral for the additional 10 sessions from your reviewing GP, psychiatrist or paediatrician (reviewing practitioner).
Your practitioner will decide how many sessions you can receive in your referral. You are able to access up to 10 additional sessions each calendar year from 9 October 2020 until 30 June 2022. This is a total of up to 20 individual sessions each calendar year. If you do not use all 10 additional sessions in the calendar year you received the referral, unused sessions will carry over to the new calendar year. If they carry over to a new calendar year, you can use them without a new referral.
If you would like to discuss these changes and would like to arrange a phone or video session please call me to discuss your situation on 0429 190 210
Steve Marriott provides counselling and psychotherapy services to individuals, couples, families, children and adolescents who live in the Northern Rivers of NSW, or online.