Fees and Rebates

Counselling Costs

The cost of a therapy session is $205 to $220 per session with a Clinical Psychologist (read more about the difference a Psychologist and Clinical Psychologist) , but the out of pocket expense varies depending on what rebates might be available. For example, individuals with a Mental Health Treatment Plan from their doctor are able to receive a rebate of $124.50 per session for up to 10 sessions a year. The following provides more information on fees and rebates.

$78.50

Per 50 minute session

After Medicare Rebate
with valid Mental Health Treatment Plan

$0

Per 50 minute session

With funding from another Government Funded Initiative

$84 – $135

Per 50 minute session

With Private Health Insurance rebate (Varies depending on ‘Extras’ coverage – check with your health fund)

$205 – $230 

Per 50 minute session

Individual session rate without rebates

Neuropsychological Assessment Fees

 

We offer a range of tailored assessment options based on your specific needs.

Private Referrals

  • The cost for a private referral for a Cognitive / Neuropsychological Assessment vary based on requirements. Call for a Quote 

Organisational / WorkCover / Medico-Legal Assessments

  • For WorkCover / Insurance / Medico-legal / Child Protection Assessments – Call for a Quote

Call or email for a quote based on your requirements:

Mobile: 0450 022 237
Email: drsaschahardwick@gmail.com

Medicare Rebates and Mental Health Treatment Plans

 

We are registered with Medicare and rebates are available for eligible clients.  Individuals with a Mental Health Treatment Plan from their doctor are able to receive a rebate of $124.50 per session with a Clinical Psychologist. Upon visiting your doctor or GP, they will make an assessment about whether you are eligible for such a plan, and may refer you to a psychologist. Eligible clients are entitled to up to:

  • 10 individual sessions with a psychologist per calendar year; plus
  • 10 group therapy sessions with a psychologist per calendar year.

You will need to have your Mental Health Treatment Plan before you come to the first session with your Psychologist in order for your rebate to be processed. And your Medicare rebate will be processed electronically at the end of your consultation.

 

What is the Difference Between a General Psychologist and a Clinical Psychologist

Psychologists who offer counselling generally fall into two main categories. The following provides information that might assist you to decide the type of Psychologist whom you wish to see.

General Psychologist

  • Study: Has completed a minimum of 4 years university study in psychology
  • Medicare Rebates: Will attract a Medicare Rebate of $84.80 per session with valid Mental Health Treatment Plan
  • Registration : Is registered as a “General Psychologist” with Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)

Clinical Psychologist

  • Study: Has completed a minimum of 6 – 8 years university study, to the level of Masters, Doctorate or PhD in psychology
  • Medicare Rebates:  Will attract a higher Medicare rebate of $124.50 per session with valid Mental Health Treatment Plan
  • Registration:  Is endorsed as a “Clinical Psychologist” with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)

Dr Hardwick is a Clinical Psychologist with a PhD in Clinical Psychology and Neuropsychology.

Other Government Initiatives

A range of government bodies offer mental health funding for those meeting eligibility requirements including:

Private Health Insurance Rebates

 

If you have ‘extras’ private health insurance you may be eligible to claim rebates for psychological sessions. Each insurance company is different and rebates depend on extras cover schemes which can change over time, therefore we recommend that you check with your insurer about rebate amounts. Please note that the Item Number for an initial consultation with a Psychologist is 100, and subsequent consultations is 200.

Private Health Rebates are processed electronically through HICAPS at the end of your appointment if your fund uses this service. Alternatively, you may still be able to claim rebates by presenting a receipt to your insurer.

Payment Methods

 

Individuals: Payment is made on the day of the appointment via cash or EFTPOS, with HICAPS and MEDICARE direct payment facilities available.

Organisations: An invoice will be issued and payment will be required within 14 days of the invoice via electronic bank transfer, credit card (over the phone), or cheque. Payment details will be provided on the invoice.

 

Cancellations

Please provide 48 hours notice in order to avoid cancellation fees. If cancellation occurs within 48 hours of the appointment then a 50% cancellation fee will apply.