A standard 50-minute therapy appointment is $260 and the initial assessment (around 1 hour) is $290. It is recommended that rural and interstate families who are travelling to Sydney for an assessment have a three-hour assessment and session ($780). Fees can be paid by EFTPOS, cash, or credit card at the end of the appointment.
Rebates for psychological services are available from several sources including:
Under the Medicare ‘Better Access to Mental Health’ scheme you can obtain a rebate with eligible psychologists at the clinic for part of the session cost for up to 10 therapy sessions in each calendar year. To be eligible to receive the rebate you must visit your GP, Psychiatrist, or Paediatrician and obtain a referral for psychological services as part of your overall treatment plan. If you have reached your Medicare family ‘safety net’ threshold for the calendar year, the rebate will be almost all of the session cost. Click here to read more about the Medicare safety net. Medicare rebates are currently also available for telehealth sessions for children with an eligible mental health care plan from their GP.
Two of the 10 rebates can be for consultations with carers that do not involve the child such as the initial assessment with the parent(s) alone and any parent sessions. Rebates are not available for school consultations. However, you may be able to claim a rebate for these services through your private health insurance and the NDIS.
Private Health Funds
Most private health funds provide rebates for psychological services depending upon your level of cover. Please contact your health fund to find out more.