To refer to Open Care Psychology, details are: Open Care Psychology and corresponding contact details of preferred location (see contact us page for details). For example, if preferred location to commence sessions are Epping, referral details are Open Care Psychology, 24-26 Lyndarum Drive Epping, (T): 9401 5118
Under the Better Access Initiative, psychologists registered with Medicare Australia are able to provide Medicare rebateable psychological therapy services to eligible individuals.
Eligible individuals are those who have an assessed mental disorder and managed by a GP under a Mental Health Treatment Plan (item 2700, 2701, 2715, or 2717) or a psychiatrist assessment and management plan (item 291)
A referral letter is required with the completed Mental Health Treatment Plan. There is no specific referral form. A referral can be in the form of a letter or note to an eligible psychologist that is signed and dated by the GP
Each patient is allowed up to 10 rebateable individual sessions of psychological therapy every calendar year, in addition to 10 group therapy sessions if required.
Every calendar year means from January 1 to December 31. It does not mean from the date of the Mental Health Treatment Plan. For example, if an individual obtained a treatment plan in March and completed 10 sessions by August, they would not be allowed anymore rebateable sessions for the remainder of that year. However, they would be entitled to 10 more sessions as of January 1 the following year, despite the fact that the treatment plan was completed in March. Additionally, the individual would not require another Mental Heath Treatment Plan from their GP, but just a review of their treatment plan and referral letter to provide to the psychologist.
After 6 sessions, the psychologist is required to write a brief psychological report to the referring medical practitioner. The individual is required to attend the medical practitioner for a review their treatment plan in order to access the remaining 4 rebateable sessions.
At the end of the 10 sessions, the psychologist must also provide a written report to the referring medical practitioner.