Information for General Practitioners
General practitioners looking to refer people may find the following information helpful.
The following referrals are accepted:
- people who are eligible under the Better Access to Mental Health Care Medicare initiative
- people wishing to attend as a private client
People with private health insurance ‘extras’ cover would need to contact their insurer to ascertain their level of cover, as the rebates vary between insurers.
If you would like to discuss the suitability of a potential referral, please feel free to ring. If there is no answer, please leave a message on voicemail advising the times you would be available for a return telephone call. Alternatively, you can send an email.
When referring a person under the Better Access Program, could you please provide a referral letter (or brief note) advising that a Mental Health Treatment Plan has been completed, and the number of sessions that you are wanting for the person. People can have up to a maximum of 10 sessions in a calendar year (from January to December). The initial referral can be for five or six sessions, and then the person needs to return to see you. If you feel that further sessions are required (after receiving written feedback), then a new referral letter needs to be written, and you can refer for a further four or five sessions in the same calendar year (based on the individual’s need).
The referral letter and copy of the Plan can be given to the person to bring along to their initial appointment, faxed, or emailed.
Making an Appointment
Before an appointment can be made for a person being referred through the Better Access Medicare-funded program, all of the necessary documentation needs to have been completed, and information forwarded to Medicare. The reasoning for this is to ensure that the consultations are covered by Medicare at the commencement of treatment.