You can get Medicare benefits for up to 10 psychology treatment services if
• you or your family have been impacted by the 2019-20 bushfires
• you’re a first responder or emergency management employee or volunteer who worked during the 2019-20 bushfires.
You don’t need to have a diagnosed mental health condition, GP referral or mental health treatment plan. All you need to do is book an appointment.
Only people living in regional or rural areas will be able to access a rebate for online psychology/ telehealth/ video call sessions. To find out if you live in a designated rural, remote or very remote area (classified as MMM4 to 7 under the Modified Monash Model) and may be eligible to receive Medicare funding for telehealth counselling in Australia please click here.
These session are in addition to the 10 psychological therapy sessions available under the existing Better Access Program. So if you have previously seen a psychologist under a Mental Health Treatment Plan you will be able to access a further 10 sessions.
Under the Better Access Program you can receive rebates for up to 10 online psychology sessions. To be eligible to receive Better Access Telehealth services under Medicare for a mental health condition, you must:
In some cases, it may not be appropriate to receive psychological treatment by telehealth; your referring doctor and/or mental health professional will discuss this with you.
The Australian Psychological Society provide a helpful overview of the Better Access Initiative and addresses frequently asked questions about mental health care plans. For more information please click here.
After the above add this sentence with link You can also find information on the Australian Governments Website here.