Mental Health Care Plans for Psychology

Mental Health Care Plans for Psychology

GP referrals and Mental Health Care Plans are accepted by our Perth psychologists.

What is a Mental Health Care Plan?

A Mental Health Care Plan is part of the Better Access to Mental Health Care Initiative. This is a government initiative which aims to improve outcomes for people with clinically-diagnosed mental disorder through evidence based treatments.

What mental health problems can be treated by a psychologist under the Better Access initiative?

‘Mental disorder’ is a term used to describe a range of clinically diagnosable disorders that significantly impact on a person’s emotions, thoughts, social skills and decision-making. The Better Access initiative covers people with mental disorders arising from:

  • Alcohol misuse
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Adjustment disorder
  • Attention deficit disorder
  • Bereavement disorder
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Conduct disorder
  • Co-occurring anxiety and depression
  • Depression
  • Drug use or dependence
  • Eating disorders
  • Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Panic disorder
  • Phobic disorder
  • Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Psychotic disorders
  • Schizophrenia
  • Sexual disorders
  • Sleep problems

Can I go directly to a psychologist to receive treatment through Medicare?

Mental Health Care Plans PsychologyYou must be referred by your GP, your psychiatrist or paediatrician. Your GP will need to complete a detailed mental health assessment and prepare a Mental Health Treatment Plan before referring you to a psychologist. You should book a longer session with your GP to enable time for this.

Can I access any psychologist with a Mental Health Care Plan?

Under the Better Access to Mental Health Care Initiative, you can only see a registered psychologist with a Medicare Provider Number who you have been referred to by your GP, psychiatrist or paediatrician.

Can I request a referral to a specific psychologist or does my doctor have to choose?

Your doctor must first assess that you require the services of a psychologist. Your doctor may allow you to request a specific psychologist or may refer you to a registered psychologist that he/she recommends. The psychologist in question must be registered and have a Medicare Provider Number for you to be able to claim the Medicare rebate. Remember to book a double appointment with your doctor if you decide to have an assessment.

If I am already seeing a psychologist, can I access Medicare benefits?

In order to receive a Medicare rebate, you must be referred to a psychologist by an appropriate medical practitioner (GP, psychiatrist or paediatrician). The doctor must first make an assessment that you need the services of a psychologist. If you are already seeing a psychologist, discuss this with your doctor.

Where can I find further information on the Better Access to Mental Health Care?

You can visit the Department of Health and Ageing’s website or contact Medicare.

To find a psychologist and use a mental health care plan or a GP referral, contact us today.

“Medicare rebates for mental health services provided by psychologists: Information for clients”, (Australian Psychological Society), Available: (Accessed: 26/03/2014) “Better access to mental health care: fact sheet for patients”, (Department of Health), Available: (Accessed: 26/03/2014)

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