Types of Referrals
Mental Health Care Plans
The most common form of referral to our practice is the Mental Health Care Plan. This plan is completed by your GP or Paediatrician. If your doctor has assessed that you require the services of a psychologist they may write a Mental Health Care Plan. Under a Mental Health Care Plan there must be a diagnosable disorder that impacts upon a person’s emotions, thoughts, behaviour, social skills or decision-making. Your doctor will determine your eligibility for this plan.
Eligible clients can receive:
- Up to 10 individual services in a calendar year. After 6 visits your referring doctor will assess your progress and need for further treatment.
- Up to 10 group therapy services in a calendar year.
- Medicare rebates are available with both general and specialist clinical psychologists.
For more information please see Fees & Rebates.
No referral or Mental Health Care Plan is required or necessary to make an appointment to see a psychologist. However, no rebates apply to contribute to the cost of the appointment. You may wish to claim a rebate through your private health insurance. Please check the eligibility for psychology services with your health insurance provider prior to attending your first appointment. Private health insurance cannot be used in conjunction with a Medicare rebate. Rebates from private health insurers vary considerably so you will need to check the level of ancillary cover with your insurer.
Helping Children with Autism Initiative
YLO Psychology Clinic is a panel provider for early intervention services under the Helping Children with Autism funding scheme for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. The Helping Children with Autism (HCWA) package is an Australian Government initiative providing support for children aged 0 – 6 years with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), their families and carers. Parents and families have access to a total of $12000 to spend up to the child’s seventh birthday with a maximum of $6000 to be spent in a financial year. Payments are made via third party payment to specialist services such as psychologists with funds typically managed by an Autism Advisor.
The package covers a range of initiatives and services, including funding for therapies and early intervention to assist with language and social and emotional skill development. With the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) set to come into effect in Brisbane from 1st July 2018, the HCWA funding will cease with children and family accessing funds from the NDIS.
Helping Children with Autism Access to Treatment (Medicare)
The child must obtain this referral by their 13th birthday from an eligible Paediatrician or Psychiatrist. This referral entitles the child to 4 assessment sessions and 20 therapy sessions with Medicare rebates to be used before the child’s 15th birthday. This is a separate referral pathway to a Mental Health Care Plan and gap fees do still apply. For further information please see our Fees & Rebates section.
National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)
The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), aims to provide community linking and individualised support for people with permanent and significant disability, their families and carers. This includes people with a psychosocial disability. The Scheme is about building individual skills and capability so that people can engage in their community and achieve their life goals. Psychosocial disability is the term used by the NDIS to describe a disability arising from a mental health issue. Not everyone who has a mental health issue however will have a psychosocial disability.
There are 3 different ways that NDIS plan funding can be managed:
- Self-managed: the person will claim funding from the NDIS plan to pay providers themselves. Providers will invoice the client directly for supports that have agreed to be provided.
- Plan-managed: the plan management provider will make claims and pay providers on behalf of the client for supports that have agreed to be provided.
- NDIA-managed: Providers will claim payment directly from the client’s NDIS plan. Where supports are NDIA-managed, only an NDIS registered provider can be used.
Psychologists at YLO Psychology have opted to only deliver services to participants with self-managed or plan-managed plans. Our psychologists are not NDIS registered providers and as such cannot provide services for clients who are NDIA-managed.
At YLO Psychology Clinic our psychologists can assist client’s to reach the goals set out in their plan. Some of the support services we provide are behaviour support, social skill development, problem solving, emotion regulation, and increase of skills and/or capacity for independence and community participation. We can also provide support to client’s family members as required.
Our psychologists can also provide assistance to client’s in accessing the NDIS. The treating psychologist can recommend appropriate ongoing psychosocial interventions for the client. Clients can choose to include these recommendations in their individual plan once they are accepted as participants in the NDIS.