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We can see adults, adolescents and children for individual sessions.

For young children under 18 months, issues are usually resolved with parents having sessions without the child.

We can also see couples.

The Better Access to Psychiatrists, Psychologists and General Practitioners through the Medicare Benefits Schedule (Better Access) initiative aims to improve outcomes for people with a clinically-diagnosed mental disorder through evidence-based treatment.

Under this initiative, Medicare rebates are available to patients for selected mental health services provided by general practitioners (GPs), psychiatrists, psychologists (clinical and registered) and eligible social workers and occupational therapists.

In order to access this rebate, a GP needs to complete a Mental Health Care Plan which outlines your issues, goals and the treatment required.

A GP usually requires a longer consultation time to prepare a plan, so make sure you request a long session when you make an appointment to get a plan.

Medicare
A medicare rebate can be claimed if you possess a Mental Health Care plan from your GP prior to your first session. The rebate is available for between 6 to 10 sessions, per calendar year and provides a substantial rebate of the session fee back to you.

Private Health Insurance

Psychological therapy is covered by most major private health funds. To determine whether you are eligible for a rebate you must contact your health insurance provider to discuss your specific level of cover and annual limit.**

**Please be aware that you may not claim Medicare and Private Health Insurance at the same time.

A standard consultation time of 50 – 55 minutes is between $160.00 and $190.00. Payments can be made by cheque, cash or EFTPOS. All major credit cards are accepted.

A medicare rebate can be claimed if you possess a Mental Health Care plan from your GP prior to your first session. The rebate will provide a large proportion of the session fee back to you.

You can also claim a rebate for psychological treatment from many private health insurers. To determine whether you are eligible for a rebate you must contact your health insurance provider to discuss your specific level of cover.**

**Please be aware that you may not claim Medicare and Private Health Insurance at the same time.

You do not need a referral from a doctor to see a Psychologist. In this case you will be required to pay the full fee.

If you have private health insurance that covers Psychology, you may be entitled to receive a rebate from your private health insurer.

However, if you wish to claim a Medicare rebate then you must see a GP prior to the first appointment and have a Mental Health Care Plan in place.

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Dural Psychology provides professional, evidence based treatment for anxiety, depression or trauma, and help coping with life's challenges.

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