Our psychologist Marie Bloomfield can help you to receive the psychological counselling that you need during difficult times. Everyone deserves to access psychological care, especially in times when they feel most vulnerable.
Marie Bloomfield, clinical psychologist, is especially set up to assist you in your home. We can organise online telehealth video call, using your phone, iPad or laptop for you to be able access a psychological counselling session in the comfort and privacy of your home.
You can refer yourself to our service or you can obtain a referral from your GP with a Mental Health Care Plan to access Medicare rebates. You can also claim from Private Health Insurance, Workers' Compensation Insurance or Third Party Insurance or via an Employee Assistance Program.
From the March 2020, during COVID-19, for the next 6 months, Medicare is providing new rebates to help Australian deal with the upheaval of the pandemic.
If you do not have a referral from your doctor, you can still access our psychological counselling service for $180.00 for the initial 55-minutes session and $160.00 for subsequent follow-up 55-minutes sessions.
If you have a Mental Health Care Plan (see below) from your GP you will be able to obtain a rebate of $126.50 from Medicare for each session.
You will qualify for Medicare rebates or bulk billed sessions, only if you have a Mental Health Care Plan from your doctor.
If you believe that a psychological counselling session would help you, we would advise that you discuss it with your GP, or your specialist doctor. Ask your Doctor if he/she can do an initial Mental Health Care Plan (MHCP) assessment , to establish if it is appropriate for you to be referred to a psychologist. With a Mental Health Care Plan, you are eligible for a Medicare rebate for up to 10 sessions in the following 12 months of being issued.
Here are the Medicare rebates available with a MHCP:
Please note that we will need a copy of your MHCP (which can be email to us by your doctor, or you can scan, take a picture or email it to us) before your scheduled appointment to qualify for the Medicare rebate or to be bulk billed.
Please note that our bulk-billed services (no gap fee) are limited and not always available. It is ultimately at the discretion of the psychologist whether bulk-billing is suitable, to provide clients with the appropriate level of care they need. Bulk-billed services are therefore discretionary and cannot be guaranteed. You may be available for Medicare bulk-billing, if you are unemployed, receiving Newstart Allowance or the Disability or Aged Pension (proof required).
Private Health Insurance rebates
The majority of Australian health funds have agreed to provide coverage for telehealth consultations provided by psychologists, from Monday 30 March 2020, follwoing the COVID-19 pandemic. You will need to check with your Private Health Insurances to check if you have the relevant cover.
Other Medicare rebates available for special groups
For rural remote area- Online Telehealth sessions
For more information talk to your GP or contact us.
Burleigh Waters, Gold Coast, Qld 4220