You do not need a referral to make an appointment to see a clinical psychologist at PCP and can self-refer instead. While this will affect your eligibility for Medicare rebates, you may still be eligible for rebates through your private health insurance fund if you are covered for clinical psychology services. See further details below.
GP Referrals Through the Better Access to Mental Health Care Initiative
You may visit your GP and ask to be assessed for a Mental Health Treatment Plan (Item 2717, 2715, 2700 or 2701). If you qualify for a Mental Health Treatment Plan, your GP can provide a referral to the practice, Perth Clinical Psychologists, or directly to Dr Mimma Nikoloski. The Mental Health Treatment Plan must be completed, signed and dated by your GP.
As at July 2019, the Mental Health Treatment Plan enables you to access a rebate of $126.50 per 50+ minute individual consultation for up to six individual sessions and $32.15 per 60 minute group consultation for up to six group sessions.
After these initial six sessions (individual, group or both), you may visit your GP and request a Mental Health Treatment Plan Review (Item 2712 or 2713) to determine whether you qualify for an additional four sessions (individual and group). Please note: there are a maximum of six individual and six group rebateable sessions in any one referral or a maximum 10 individual and 10 group rebateable sessions in any one calendar year.
It is important that you bring your Mental Health Treatment Plan with you on your first visit in order to be given an invoice that will allow you to claim the Medicare rebate. If you do not bring your Mental Health Treatment Plan with you, we will not be able to invoice you with the Medicare Item Code and you will not be able to claim a rebate for that session. You may, however, be able to claim a rebate through your private health fund if you are covered for clinical psychology services.
Please note that we are required to keep a copy of your Mental Health Treatment Plan on file for at least two years.
Paediatrician or Psychiatrist Referrals
You or your child may be referred for Medicare rebateable clinical psychology services by a specialist if your child or adolescent is referred by their Paediatrician, or you or your family member is referred by a Psychiatrist.
All specialist referrals can be made to the practice, Perth Clinical Psychologists, or directly to Dr Mimma Nikoloski.
If your child is being referred for an Autism Spectrum Disorder Diagnostic Assessment following your child’s diagnostic assessment by their Paediatrician, you may be able to claim up to four rebateable sessions under the Helping Children With Autism Initiative. As at June 2018, these four rebateable sessions offered a rebate of $86.15 per 50+ minute individual consultation. For further information about the costs and process of Autism Spectrum Disorder Assessments, please call us on 0411 464 064.
The 2018-2019 fee recommended by the Australian Psychological Society is $251.00 for a 46-60 minute consultation (click here to view the APS Schedule of Recommended Fees 2018-2019).
As at 1 January 2019, our standard consultation fee is $260.00 for a 55-minute consultation. This fee applies to individuals, couples or family consultations (up to 4 family members). Please inquire about our family therapy rates for larger families.
All fees are payable in FULL by cash, Eftpos or direct deposit on or before the date of service.
Please see the PCP Fee Schedule below. Psychological counselling sessions are exempt from GST, however, services or reports billed to an agency (e.g. Employment Assistance Programs, external agencies or organisations) are subject to GST. The figures provided in the schedule below are exclusive of GST.
2019 Perth Clinical Psychologists Fee Schedule
|Standard Consultation Fee (per 55 mins)||$260.00|
|Complex Assessment Consultation Fee (per 55 mins)||$260.00|
|Cognitive Assessment Consultation Fee (per 60 mins)*||$320.00|
Reports are requested for various reasons (e.g., Psychological Reports for Educational or Disability Services etc.). If the report is used for the appropriate treatment of the individual, then the report will be GST-free. If the report is to be used by a third party for the purpose other than the appropriate treatment of the client, the report will be subject to GST. The cost of the report will depend on the length of the report and the time taken to compile it. All reports will be quoted and must be paid in full before they will be written.
Private Health Insurance
Private health insurers may provide a rebate for clinical psychology consultations. The rebate depends upon the company rebate policy and your level of insurance coverage. There are links supplied through the APS that provide further information regarding Health Insurance Rebates. However, it is important that you contact your private health insurer directly to determine exactly what rebate you are entitled to for clinical psychology consultations.
Please note that we require at least 48 business hours’ notice for all cancellations. This enables us to offer the appointment to other clients who are waiting for appointments. All clients who provide less than 48 business hours’ notice of cancellation (i.e., after 8:30am two full business days before the day of their appointment) will be charged a late cancellation fee of $50.00. All clients who offer less than 24 business hours’ notice of cancellation (i.e., prior to 8.30am one full business day before the day of their appointment) will be charged a late cancellation fee of $100.00.
Clients who do not attend their appointment or who provide less than 12 business hours’ notice of cancellation (i.e., after 8.30am one full business day before the day of their appointment), will be charged the full applicable session rate (e.g., $260.00 for a standard consultation or higher rates if longer and/or assessment sessions were booked). Please note that you will not be able to claim a Medicare rebate for late cancellation fees or missed appointments.
Questions About Fees or Rebates
If you have any questions about our fees or if you are unsure as to whether you are eligible for a rebate, please contact us on 0411 464 064 or at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be happy to answer any questions you may have.