FEES AND REBATES
My fee is significantly lower than what is recommended by the Australian Psychology Society which is $254.00 per hour.
As of the 1st of July 2020, my standard fee for everyone is $120.00 for a 50 - 60 minute session paid immediately after the session.
If you have a current and valid Mental Health Care Plan, the Medicare rebate that you will receive is $87.45. The gap is $32.55.
Why is my fee lower than what is recommended? Mainly because I work independently in a home office without excessive overheads. However, for each client, there is still a significant amount of work I do before and after our time together.
How are fees paid? Before your appointment, you will complete a brief intake using secure forms through my practice software called Halaxy. Your debit/credit card details will also be captured using the secure intake form. On your file, only the last four numbers are visible. Your fee and rebate will be processed immediately after your appointment in your presence.
A late cancelled appointment is a loss to three people:
You for potentially delaying momentum of the treatment process and your progress.
Another client who needs to see a psychologist - possibly urgently.
The psychologist who spent time preparing your session.
As you can understand it is nearly impossible to book a new client at very short notice, and if several clients cancel in one day then the psychologist loses a large amount of their income.
If you cancel your appointment within 24 hours of your appointment time, 50% of your fee will be charged.
From mid March until the 1st of July, I reduced my fee from $140.00 to fully Bulk Billing all clients to support them through COVID-19. However, as we are returning to normality, in order for my practice to survive, I am no longer Bulk Billing.
Medicare allows you to claim rebates for six sessions, then you will require a re-referral in order to claim another four sessions. A maximum of 10 sessions can be claimed each calendar year. Medicare rebates are not available for cognitive or behavioural assessments.
More information about psychological services through Medicare can be found HERE.
Private Health Insurance
Applied Psychology is registered with the major private health insurance organisations. Please check with your insurer as to your eligibility.
Applied Psychology is a Work Cover provider.