What Medicare programs are currently available for Mental Health Services?
There are many different Commonwealth-funded programs available for people (including children) needing access to Mental Health Services. The Medicare programs currently available are:
- COVID-19 Scheme
Medicare items for COVID-19 telehealth services. From Monday 30 March to 30 September all Australians eligible to receive services under Medicare will be able to access psychological services delivered via telehealth (i.e., videoconference or phone) if clinically appropriate.
- 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).
- Better Access Bushfire Recovery Initiative
From the 17th January 2020 until 31st December 2021, individuals of all ages affected by bushfires can access Medicare benefits for up to 10 psychological sessions without requiring a mental health diagnosis, referral or mental health treatment plan. Individuals may be eligible for support under this initiative if they or their family have been impacted by the 2019-20 bushfires or they are a first responder or emergency management employee or volunteer who worked during the 2019-20 bushfires. These rebated sessions are available in addition to those accessible through the Better Access Mental Health Care Plan.
- Better Access Bushfire Recovery Telehealth Initiative
People of all ages impacted by the 2019-2020 bushfires, who are not able to access face to face psychological support are able to claim Medicare rebates for video telehealth services. You do not need to have a diagnosed mental health condition, GP referral or mental health treatment plan to access this initiative.
- 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.
- Eating Disorder Treatment and Management Plan
As of 1st November 2019, individuals with a diagnosed eating disorder may be eligible to receive Medicare rebates on up to 40 psychology treatment sessions within a twelve-month period. Your GP, Psychiatrist or Paediatrician is responsible for determining eligibility to this scheme, and creating and approving an Eating Disorder Treatment and Management Plan. A review will be conducted by your medical professional following every 10 psychology sessions.
Please ensure you consult with your GP or our Clinic before your consultation. Quirky Kid is a private service and you are responsible to ensure you meet all requirements for a medicare rebate.
QWuirky Kid is not a bulk-billing service and we charge in accordance with a schedule of fees.