Greg Hunt has announced that there will be more funding for Mental Health for Victorians from Friday, 7th August.
The Government will provide 10 additional Medicare subsidised psychological therapy sessions for Victorians from 7 August 2020 until 31 March 2021.
Clients will be required to:
Once deemed eligible, clients will be able to continue to access treatment even if public health orders are lifted.
Minister Hunt has also indicated that if other regions are subjected to further restrictions, they will also be granted this increased mental health support.
Online counselling via secure video and telephone services provides immediate or same day access to expert, effective psychological help, without having to leave home or the office.
Online counselling sessions can be arranged within 10 minutes of your call often on the same day. Just make a call to our reception on (03) 9629 1001 and request an online counselling session.
Fees are paid by credit card before the session to secure your appointment. Half or full consultations are available for individuals, couples and families.
The Health Minister Greg Hunt has agreed to allow most clients with a mental health plan to be able to get the same Medicare rebates as face-to-face when they switch to telehealth counselling. Check with our reception if you are eligible on (03) 9629 1001
For those with a Mental Health Plan our fees are as follows:
|Type of Psycholgist||Consultation||Fee||Rebate|
|Registered Psychologist||20+ minutes||$95.00||$62.00|
|Endorsed Psychologist||20+ minutes||$100.00||$62.00|
|Clinical Psychologist||20+ minutes||$110.00||$87.45|
Fully funded employee assistant consultations (EAP) are immediately available for employees of companies with a Psychology Melbourne EAP program. Check if your company has a program with us and if they don’t, you can refer them to our Accounts Manager, Lauren Parkinson at Lauren@psychologymelbourne.com.au.
Other medical insurers are also following suit. If you usually get a rebate from Private Health insurance or WorkCover, TAC and others you will receive the same rebate when you attend an online session.
The following organisations have approved video sessions:
Research shows that in expert hands, online counselling is just as effective as face-to-face counselling and client outcomes are identical to those for conventional therapy.
Psychology Melbourne is a recognised specialist in secure online counselling. In a 2-year project with Medibank Private and Telstra Health, we delivered online counselling to over 200 clients in Queensland.
We have made it as easy as possible to attend your session using our telemedicine platform Doxy.me. It is highly secure, encrypted and very easy to use.
Before your session, we will send you a link to your psychologist's Doxy.me room. All you need is a smartphone, laptop, computer or tablet with a web browser and an internet connection. There are no plugins or downloads!
Our reception will assist you at every step of the way to link you into your session. Even if you are technology beginner, we can help you make it work. Once you’ve done it the first time, it’s easy!
If you have not made contact with your psychologist within 5-10 minutes of your scheduled appointment time, please call reception on 9629 1001 for further assistance.
We have a large team of psychologists who work online with a wide range of problems including anxiety, depression and relationship problems. You can even do couples counselling online with each partner in different locations.
Our psychologists also have a variety of areas of expertise, including:
To ensure the most secure and confidential counselling for you, we insist on using stronger encryption standards than consumer video conferencing applications like Skype.
You can also link into our classes and therapy groups by video link or phone. It’s just like being in the room.