The common referral is a Mental Health Care Plan which is completed by your GP. This referral allows you an initial 6 sessions with the Psychologist. You are then able to obtain 4 more with a further referral (called a review) from your GP. This allows you 10 rebatable sessions under medicare all up. You are also able to access 10 group sessions to a Psychological based group. Medicare does provide assistance in accessing psychological assistance though there can often be a gap fee payable.
You are able access assistance from a Psychologist without the need of a referral from your GP or other medical professionals. Medicare is not able to provide a rebate for these sessions though you may be able to claim via your private health fund if you have extras. There are no limit to these sessions as a private client.
If you have experienced a workplace injury (either psychical or emotional), you may need Psychological support to assist you in your recovery. If you have lodged a WorkCover claim, they may refer you onto a Psychologist to help assist you in returning to work. There is usually time frame around the sessions and the number of sessions are determined by WorkCover once your claim has been approved. WorkCover will cover the cost of your sessions while your claim is still active.