Information for Other Practitioners
Practitioners seeking to refer people may find the following information helpful.
The following referrals are accepted:
- people who are eligible for treatment under the Better Access to Mental Health Care Medicare initiative
- people attending 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, including the number of sessions that you are wanting. People can have up to a maximum of 10 sessions in a calendar year. The initial referral can be for five or six sessions, and then the person needs to return to see you if they wish to have further treatment. 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 person’s needs).
The referral letter can be given to the person to bring along to their initial appointment, faxed, or sent by email.
Making An Appointment
People need to set up an appointment themselves, and to have a referral letter from you if they are wanting to claim Medicare rebates under the Better Access Program. They can either ring or email. Please ask people who ring to leave a message with the times they are available to take a call, and they will receive a return call on the same day.