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Fees, Health Rebates and Medicare

Hine Psychology is a private practice that operates on a fee for service basis. Accounts are strictly payable on the day of your consultation by EFTPOS, Mastercard, Visa, or cash.

Your Initial Consultation is $300. We allow 1 hour for this appointment.

Your Subsequent Consultations are billed at $275 per hour.

As a courtesy to you, we will send via text message, an appointment reminder and confirmation of your appointment time 48 hours prior.

Please note, given appointments are for 1 hour duration, we require a minimum of 24 hours notice from you should you need to cancel your appointment to avoid a full consultation cancellation fee.

Requests for preparation of any supporting documents by a psychologist will be charged at our hourly rate of $275 pro rata. Further note, preparation of Legal Documents for the Courts’ consideration and Legally supporting statements related to Court matters are billed at $550 plus GST per hour given the rigorous complexity associated with providing such evidence.

If you would like further information about fees or any other aspect of the practice, please contact reception on:

phone: 0424 088 435

email: tara@hinepsych.com.au

Rebates from Medicare (GP Mental Health Plan)

Medicare subsidised rebates apply for psychological consultations if either you or your child has a valid doctor’s referral under the Australian Government’s ‘Better Access to Mental Health Care’ Mental Health Care Plan.

Common reasons for referral under the Mental Health Care Plan include: anxiety, depression, behavioural difficulties; trauma, ADHD, ASD, motivational problems linked with learning difficulties; psychological issues related to recovery from long-term physical illnesses; and issues arising from the impact of COVID-19.

To qualify, you will need to visit your GP for a ‘double / long consultation’ to discuss your (or your child’s) situation and concerns.

The GP Mental Health Care Plan is designed to meet your needs and to find the treatment plan that is right for your circumstances, whilst also checking your progress and helping you reach your goals.

Should your circumstances mean that you are eligible to receive a referral to a psychologist, you will receive a letter of referral that you will need to bring to your initial consultation at this practice.

Your doctor will ask you to return for a review of your plan after approximately 4 – 6 sessions with your psychologist to ensure you are getting the assistance you need.

*Under the Mental Health Care Plan, you may receive up to 10 sessions of individual therapy in a calendar year that qualify for the partial government rebate. Currently the partial rebate you will receive from Medicare is $93.35 per session.

Families who are registered for the Medicare Safety Net may be able to claim 80% of any gap (gap between the fee and the Medicare rebate) once they have reached the threshold. Please check with Medicare for details.

Rebates from Medical Funds with ancillary/extras benefits.

Some private health funds pay a rebate for psychologists’ fees, although the amount of rebate subsidy can vary significantly from fund to fund.

You will need to check with your own fund provider to see if you will receive a rebate.

We suggest you also seek to clarify whether the rebate from your provider will vary depending on the type of consultation (e.g. initial consultation versus subsequent consultation).