Fees & Rebates
Standard Clinic Consultations
The recommended fee for a standard psychological consultation of 45 – 60 minutes is $241 as advised by the Australian Psychological Society.
YLO Psychology Clinic has generated fee schedules at a considerably reduced rate than recommended fees for clinical intervention. This is due to our commitment to supporting children, young people and their families within the community services sector.
Due to the nature of assessments and the time required to administer, score, interpret, compile the report and provide feedback, it can be difficult to provide an exact fee for these services. Fees are also determined by the type of assessment and outcome being sought.
Unfortunately there is no Medicare rebate available for cognitive assessments.
We offer a limited number of bulk-billed appointments each day for financially disadvantaged clients who are referred under a Mental Health Treatment Plan. This means that there is no gap fee and that the entire cost of the appointment can be claimed back from Medicare. Bulk-billed appointments must be negotiated prior to the session and evidence provided of financial hardship.
*Subject to availability. Wait list may apply.
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.
‘Mental disorder’ is a term used to describe a range of clinically diagnosable disorders that significantly impact on a person’s emotions, thoughts, social skills and decision-making. The Better Access initiative covers people with mental disorders arising from:
- Anxiety disorders
- Adjustment disorder
- Attention deficit disorder
- Conduct disorder
- Eating disorders
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
To access Medicare rebates the client will need to be referred by a GP in the context of a Mental Health Treatment Plan, or by a medical specialist such as a psychiatrist or paediatrician. For each calendar year an individual is eligible for 6 sessions under a Mental Health Treatment Plan prescribed by a GP and when required a further 4 sessions pending review by the GP.
Private Health Insurance
Rebates may be available through private health care funds, depending on the fund and level of cover that is held. However, private health insurance ancillary cover cannot be used to top up the Medicare rebates. You need to decide if you will use Medicare or your private health insurance ancillary cover to pay for psychological services you receive. You can either access rebates from Medicare by following the claiming process or claim where available on your insurer’s ancillary benefits.
Families with Private Health Insurance should check with their health fund in relation to referral criteria and eligibility for health insurance rebates.
medicare safety net
Clients are encouraged to register for the Medicare Safety Net, which is designed to protect high users of health services from large out-of-pocket expenses.
Payment of Fees
Full fees are payable at the time of the appointment. Payment can be made by cash or EFTPOS and rebates from Medicare can then be claimed if eligible.
If the counselling or support service is being paid by a third party, funding must be authorised prior to services commencing. Invoices will then be sent to the government or non-government organisation for payment within 7 days.
Some clinical services do not attract GST, for example clinical treatment sessions, where other services do attract GST. Please note that all services being paid by a third party do attract GST.
YLO Psychology Clinic understands that at times circumstances can change and you may not be able to attend your appointment. However, when we are not appropriately advised of this, not only does the client miss out on valuable intervention, but other clients who could have utilised that appointment time also miss out. This also causes a loss of time and efficiency to the psychologist who has already prepared for the session.
In order to ensure that we are being mindful to all involved, YLO Psychology Clinic requires at least 24 hours notice to reschedule or cancel an appointment without incurring a cancellation fee.
In the event that that less than 24 hours notice is provided, a charge of $50 will be added to your next appointment unless there are extenuating circumstances.
Please note that Medicare and Private Health Funds do not rebate for missed and cancelled appointments.