Dr Mel has a private fee of $170 per hour. This is well below recommended rates from the APS of $238 per hour. We do not want finance to be a barrier to accessing the support you need.
Low income earners
For clients on a low income we have a reduces fee of $150 per hour. If you are eligible for a rebate from medicare the gap is approximately $25 per session.
Health care card holders
If you have a health care card you can have your sessions bulk billed if you have a medicare referral.
Below is a rough guide regarding Medicare, Private Health and Employee Assistance.
Dr Mel is registered with medicare to provide services under the Better Access program. At present this system enables 10 sessions per calendar year. To obtain a plan and the subsequent rebate you must see a GP before your first session with the psychologist and obtain a valid mental health care plan and referral. The referral is at the discretion of the GP and there must be a mental health diagnosis eg anxiety disorder or depression. When arranging an appointment to see a GP for a mental health care plan we recommend you advise then when making the booking that you are seeking this plan as they may require you to book a longer consultation or multiple consultations. When contacting us to arrange an appointment please advise the name of the GP who referred you and if you are being referred under this scheme.
As at 1 Jan 2016 Medicare will rebate $124.60.
If you have a health care card or are a low income earner we will bulk bill sessions for you.
Rebates are available with most private health insurers. The rebate is usually between $40 to $70, and for a limited number of sessions. We recommend you contact your insurer to check your level of cover and the rebate. Receipts can be provided to be taken to your insurer to claim the rebate.
We have arrangements with a variety of organisations to provide Employee Assistance programs/services. If you are unsure if we provide services for your employer either ask your employer or contact us and we will advise you further.