What Medicare programs are currently available for Mental Health Services?

There are many different Commonwealth funded programs available for people (including children) needing to access to Mental Health Services. This article will provide a list of Medicare programs currently available. 

  1. Better Access to Mental Health Care Plan: 
    This is the most common program for accessing psychological services. Please read the article explaining this program. 

    This program is available for people of any age. It provides patients with rebates for 6 + 4 (after GP review) individual psychological sessions each calendar year. Group sessions are also available in addition to individual sessions. Your GP is responsible for approving and creating a Mental Health Care Plan (MHCP).

  2. Chronic Disease Management (CDM):
    This program is available for people of any age. It provides patients with rebates for 5 individual psychological sessions every year. Your GP is responsible for approving and creating a plan. 
  3. Helping Children with Autism (HCWA) for children under 13 years: 
    This program is available for children under 13 years only. It provides patients with rebates for 4 assessment sessions, in total (not every year). Your Paediatrician or Psychiatrist (not a GP) is responsible for approving and creating this referral. Referrals can be addressed to psychologists and other allied health professionals, like a Speech pathologist, for example. 
  4. Helping Children with Autism (HCWA) for children under 15 years: 
    This program is available for children under 15 years only. It provides patients with rebates for 20 therapy sessions, in total (not every year). Your Paediatrician or Psychiatrist (not a GP) is responsible for approving and creating this referral. Referrals can be address to psychologists and other allied health professionals, like a Speech pathologist, for example. 

 

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