Our fees are guided by the Australian Psychological Society (APS) Schedule of Recommended Fees. Our practice does not offer bulk billing however discounted rate consultations are available for Health Care Card holders. Payment is required at the time of consultation. With HICAPS we can process most health funds and Medicare claims at the time of payment.
The total cost of an assessment varies depending on the referral questions and the complexity of the case. At present, Medicare does not cover the cost of intellectual, educational, and neuropsychology assessments. We will discuss fees with each client prior to booking the assessment, and provide an accurate estimate of the total cost at the time of referral.
Fees for cancellation of appointments made for psychological services will be charged if no replacement service can be billed for the lost time. The following is a general guideline for the cancellation fees (per session):
Full payment for an assessment is made after administration of the assessments (and before the final report has been provided). Please note: If the final payment is not made at the end of the assessment administration, there will be a delay in provision of the report. Report writing does not begin until the full payment has been received (the report is provided 3 weeks from the date of receipt of payment). There will also be a delay in provision of the report, if the questionnaires for parents/caregivers or teachers are not completed during the assessment phase of the evaluation.
Additional services can be accessed through Bev Kuster, Psychotherapist. This includes individual, family, and couples counselling, mediation, and professional supervision. Information on fees and packages can be found by clicking on the "Other Services and Fees" button.
Better Access to Mental Health Care Plan
During the COVID-19 pandemic, the federal government is also offering an extension to the usual amount of sessions covered. Under the direction of your GP, you can currently claim an additional 10 session per year, making it a total of 20 session per calendar year. This 10 session extension is currently available to until 31 December 2022.
Chronic Disease Management (CDM) Plan (formerly the ‘Enhanced Primary Care’ Plan)
Helping Children with Autism Initiative
Medicare Safety Net Threshold
The Medicare Safety Net Threshold provides additional rebates once you have accrued a certain amount of out-of-pocket expenses for Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) services. The Threshold is means tested and resets on the 1st January every year. You can find more information about the Medicare Safety Net Threshold at www.medicareaustralia.gov.au/public/services/msn
You may be eligible to receive rebates from your private health insurance. CNS are registered with most of the major private health insurers. Please speak to your insurer to check your level of extras cover.
If you or your client is registered with NDIS, a neuropsychological assessment and psychology intervention/support can be covered by NDIS funding. If you are self-managed or plan-managed, you can refer directly to Clinical Neuropsychology Services. If you are managed by an agency, please talk to your provider about sub-contracting Clinical Neuropsychology Services for support.
Other services such as TAC, WorkSafe, VOCAT and EAP (if applicable) may provide some level of reimbursement for psychological services. Please check with the relevant service whether you and your family are eligible for rebates on psychology or neuropsychology.
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