Book an extended appointment with your GP to get a Mental Health Plan and a referral letter.
Upload your Mental Health Plan & referral to your My Mirror dashboard to share them with your psychologist.
You will be charged the private fee after your session. Part of this session fee can be rebated through a Medicare self-claim.
Once you submit your claim it will be processed by Medicare, and you'll receive the rebate back into your account.
As everyone’s mental health journey is different, it is up to you to keep track of your Mental Health Plan and make sure it is up to date to access your rebates. To help make this as easy as possible we have broken down the path to rebated sessions.
Your referral will not provide access to all 10 eligible sessions at once. You will have regular referral check-ins with your GP to top up your plan and check in on your progress. This pathway looks like this:
When you book the appointment with your doctor you can request a long, or double appointment. This will give you the space to talk through what is happening, and you are less likely to feel rushed, and more likely to feel acknowledged. Also, legally your doctor needs to have at least a 20 minute appointment to appropriately explore your mental health.
Not all doctors cover mental health, you can check in with your usual doctor if this is something they can support with (before your first appointment), or whether they recommend an appointment with another doctor. Most General Practitioners should be able to support you, but there is no harm in double-checking to make sure you get the right support to make the process smoother.
You can be part of the process when it comes to making a treatment plan…it is your health and wellbeing after all. If you know you want to seek counselling make sure you mention this specifically so your doctor can help you with a Mental Health Plan.
The first step to getting a Mental Health Plan is to book an appointment with your doctor (often called a mental health assessment), who will help to assess what you need.
During the appointment your doctor might ask some personal questions to help better understand your situation. This could include whether you have any history of mental illness, any recent or historical life challenges, your family history of mental health, any alcohol or drug use, the coping strategies you use and if you have thoughts of suicide. They may even ask you to complete a short questionnaire (called a K10) which helps to understand the level of emotional distress you are experiencing.
Once your doctor has taken the time to understand your presenting concerns, they might provide a diagnosis and make recommendations for seeking help – this is called a treatment plan. It might include things like medication, lifestyle changes and/or counselling. In order to access a Mental Health Plan, you must have an eligible Medicare card.
It might feel uncomfortable to talk about your experiences and challenges, so remember to be gentle and kind to yourself, and go at your own pace.
It's also possible to get your Mental Health Plan by requesting an online appointment. Talk to an online GP from the comfort of your own home and receive your Mental Health Plan and referral letter just like you would in a face-to-face appointment.
Online Mental Health Plan assessments can also be bulk billed, meaning you won't have any out-of-pocket expenses.
It might involve a few steps, but once you have one you are eligible to access up to 10 sessions per calendar year. A Mental Health Plan allows Australian residents who hold a valid Medicare card to access crucial treatment for mental health concerns at a more affordable rate.
As of 2023, if you have an eligible Mental Health Plan, the government will provide you with a rebate or pay part of the costs for accessing psychological services:
During the appointment with your doctor, you can ask them if they have any recommendations for a psychologist or psychological practice/service, but you can also do your own research and find your own psychologist. Your doctor will then need to write you a referral to your chosen psychologist or service. Once you have these two documents you are ready to get started and can contact the person/service listed on the referral and start discussing making your first appointment. Some other things to consider might be:
Although you might have the name of a psychologist written on your referral letter, it doesn't mean that you can't get Medicare rebates for sessions with a different psychologist. That referral letter can actually be used by any psychologist, so don't let that choice stop you from starting your mental health journey, you can always decide later on.
At My Mirror we know how important it is to get access to mental health support, when and where you need it most. That’s why we provide bulk-billed sessions to those with a valid Medicare card living in Australia that meets certain criteria. Check your bulk-billing eligibility
The short answer is up to 10 rebated psychology sessions per calendar year in 2023.
As per the January 2023 Medicare Update for psychology sessions, the additional 10 sessions/year accessible through the Covid10+ referral item number has been removed.
In response to the COVID19 Pandemic, the Australian government increased the number of medicare-subsidised sessions to 20. This increase was extended again in December 2022 but has now unfortunately been reduced once again to 10.
For background, the Better Access initiative gives Medicare rebates to help people access mental health professionals and care, regardless of where they live.
All of our psychologists are eligible to be considered as Medicare psychologists, meaning that our clients can claim Medicare rebates for their sessions with any of our My Mirror psychologists. As long as you are eligible for Medicare rebates, you can claim your rebates with any of our psychologists.
You can self-claim rebates for your psychology sessions by submitting a claim through Medicare. To submit your claim you'll need your myGov login details, a valid Mental Health Plan & referral letter, and your Paid Invoice which is emailed to you from My Mirror after each psychology session.
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