Better access to
Mental Health Care
To access the Medicare Scheme, you need to visit your general practitioner (GP), psychiatrist, or pediatrician and ask for a Mental Health Care Plan (MHCP). If you qualify, now you are entitled to a maximum of 10 sessions per calendar year.
Fees & Rebate
Our consultation fee is $300.35 per session for individual therapy, which is the fee that The Australian Psychological Society (APS) suggests. If you have the Mental Health Care Plan, Medicare will cover $136.35 per session and your Gap will be $164 per session. The Medicare rebate will be reimbursed into your nominated bank account one working day after the session. (Additional $20 will be charged for sessions before and after office hours).
Family and Couple Therapy fee is $370 per session. (This is not covered by Medicare).
Bulk billing is available for a limited number of patients who are experiencing financial difficulties.
Private Health Insurance:
Many private health providers provide rebates for psychological services. Please check with your health insurance provider for further details.
Ascent Psychology provides private sessions for clients who do not wish to use Medicare or are not covered by Medicare. Our fee is $300 per session for individual therapy and $370 for Family and Couple therapy. This fee is negotiable for low-income patients.
In an emergency, please call 000 or contact one of the following helplines:
You may also find the following resources useful:
Black Dog Institute
Translational research institute that aims to reduce the incidence of mental illness and the stigma around it, to actively reduce suicide rates and empower everyone to live the most mentally healthy lives possible.
Anxiety Treatment Australia
A specialised anxiety clinic primarily focuses on treating anxiety disorders and stress management techniques for individuals and businesses through one on one consultations and workshops.
Medicare is the primary funder of health care in Australia, funding primary health care for Australian citizens and permanent residents, operated by the Department of Human Services.
Australian Psychological Society
APS is the leading association for psychologists in Australia, representing more than 24,000 members.
Australian Govt Department of Health (for Access to Allied Psychological Services (ATAPS)
Department of the Government of Australia charged with overseeing the running of Australia’s health system, including supporting universal and affordable access to medical, pharmaceutical and hospital services.