Medicare Rebates for Psychology Services

Medicare rebates are available for psychological treatment by registered psychologists under the Australian Government's Better Access to Mental Health Care initiative. This scheme provides considerable assistance to people living with mental health problems, allowing them greater access to psychologists and providing more affordable mental healthcare.

Eligible people can receive up to 20 individual sessions in a calendar year (1 January - 31 December). Your referring doctor (GP, Paediatrician, or Psychiatrist) will assess your progress after the first six sessions.

After you have reached the maximum number of allowable session for the calendar year you will not be eligible for any further Medicare rebates for treatment you receive from a psychologist until the new calendar year.

Medicare Rebates for Speech Pathology or Occupational Therapy services

Clients who have a chronic condition and complex care needs that are being managed by their GP under a Chronic Disease Management (CDM) plan may be eligible for referral to a speech pathologist or occupational therapist.

A chronic condition is one that has been present for six months or longer. Clients have complex care needs if they need ongoing care from a multidisciplinary team consisting of their GP and at least two other health care providers, one of which may be a speech pathologist.

The GP will prepare a GP Management Plan and Team Care Arrangements and make the referral to the speech pathologist using an CDM referral form. The client cannot claim the rebate from Medicare until the speech pathologist receives the referral form

Medicare Items for Assessment and Treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorders

Under the Helping Children with Autism program, a child can be referred by a consultant paediatrician or psychiatrist for the following allied health services:

  • up to four diagnostic / assessment services to assist the referring practitioner with diagnosis or to contribute to a child’s treatment and management plan (for a child under 13 years of age).

  • up to twenty treatment services from psychologist, speech pathologist, or occupational therapist (for a child under 15 years of age, providing a treatment and management plan is in place before their 13th birthday).

These are the total number of services available to each child through the Helping Children with Autism program – not an annual entitlement.