Face-to-face sessions at consulting rooms
|Face-to-face sessions outside of consulting rooms||$250*|
|Groups, Seminars, Workshops||Contact us|
* Standard consultation of 50+ minutes.
In an effort to provide affordable psychology services, our rates are well below those recommended by the Australian Psychological Society.
We will send you an invoice after each session for you to pay in full via bank transfer or PayPal. A receipt will be issued that you can use to claim your Medicare or private health insurer rebate if eligible (see How to make a Medicare rebate claim below).
Medicare rebates are available for up to 20 sessions per calendar year, for clients referred by a General Practitioner for Focused Psychological Strategies under either a Mental Health Care Plan or a Chronic Disease Management Plan. Please discuss with your GP and advise us if you are being referred under one of these plans.
Medicare rebates for sessions outside of consulting rooms
Higher Medicare rebates are available for sessions conducted outside of consulting rooms (e.g. home visit, on-site sessions, see 'Medicare rebate amounts' below). To receive Medicare rebates for sessions outside of consulting rooms, your GP must consider that attendance for therapy at locations other than consulting rooms is necessary, and indicate this in their referral. Potential reasons could include:
- You would find it too confronting to be in an office setting
- You have difficulty sitting still or paying attention in an office setting
- You get too nervous in an office setting
- You need to confront a fear (e.g. crowds, birds, being outside, etc)
- You had a negative experience in a previous office-based session
- You feel too claustrophobic or 'trapped' in an office
- You need to bring your companion dog to the session
Medicare rebates for tele-health consultations
Medicare rebates for tele-health consultations are currently available at the standard rate (listed below). This initiative is currently due to expire 31 March 2021, however the Federal Government has indicated it will be made permanent past this date. We will update here as information comes to hand.
Medicare rebate amounts
As at 11/08/2020, the Medicare rebate for a session at consulting rooms or via tele-health is $87.45 for patients referred under a Mental Health Care Plan, and $54.60 for patients referred under a Chronic Disease Management plan. The Medicare rebate for a session outside of consulting rooms is $109.85.
How to make a Medicare rebate claim
Medicare rebates can be claimed online, via app, by mail, or in person at a Medicare ServiceCentre:
Private Health Insurance rebates
Private health insurers provide varying levels of rebate. Please contact your private health insurer for details on your particular level of cover. Dr Cathcart is a Recognized Provider for most private health insurers, however If your insurer advises you we are not on their list of psychologists, please contact us and we will register with them.