“To seek psychological treatment is a great investment in your overall wellbeing. The journey into discovering and healing yourself and moving towards happiness is of no greater gift.”
All psychological consultations are 50 minutes duration.
FEE DESCRIPTION – MEDICARE & PRIVATE PAYING:
Full Fee – The full amount is incurred for the consultation. This applies to persons who do not qualify for our concession fee rates.
Concession Fee – A reduced rate below that of the full fee is incurred for the consultation. This applies to persons whose main source of income is Centrelink Newstart or Pension because they are a low income earner, or full-time tertiary student studying on campus. Note: For dependents, the fee charged is dependent on the parent’s concession status. Proof of low income or tertiary study status is required.
The following consultation fees are for psychological consultations with a Medicare Rebate, and for Relationship Counselling. If you are covered by a third-party payer (e.g., DVA, WorkCover etc), you do not need to worry about the consultation fees as this is arranged between the third-party payer and our practice. If you require online video sessions, speak to us as this can also be arranged and are the same fees as those below.
Fees below are effective as of 1st July 2021.
|Clinical Psychology||Full Fee||Concession Fee||Medicare Rebate
|Initial Consultation – Medicare||$210.00 ($80.45 Gap)||$190.00 ($60.45 Gap)||$129.55|
|Subsequent Consultation – Medicare||$210.00 ($80.45 Gap)||$190.00 ($60.45 Gap)||$129.55|
|Relationship Counselling (single)||$210.00||N/A||N/A|
|Relationship Counselling (couple)||$250.00||N/A||N/A|
Consultation fees (excluding third-party) are payable at the time of attending the consultation.
*Vitality Unleashed Psychology is not a bulk billing practice.
Fees for Case Conferences with a Third-Party:
We often receive requests to consult with third-parties such as care-givers, schools (eg: guidance officer) or other professionals involved in a clients treatment.
These consultations are referred to as a ‘Case Conference’ and are charged at a pro-rata rate of the standard consultation fee ($210/hr), at a minimum of 10 minutes. (For eg; a 10 minute consult = $35).
You will be asked to sign a form giving authority to consult with the requested third party, and accept the associated charges for your psychologists time. You will be given the opportunity to discuss the details of the case conference, and expected duration, before giving approval.
Our clinic provides psychological services for people who receive funding for their treatment by third-party providers including but not limited to:
- Department of Veteran Affairs (DVA)
- WorkCover QLD
- QPS Early Intervention Program
- CTP Insurance (e.g., Allianz, Suncorp etc)
- National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)
- Victim Assist QLD
- Professional Sporting Clubs (e.g., Football, Swimming)
- and more..
Please ask our reception to confirm if we provide psychological services under your third-party cover at the time of your booking enquiry. If your psychological services are covered by a third-party, you are typically not liable to pay us directly for invoices occurred, as it is usually that we send the invoices to your third-party provider for payment. However, please confirm this with us first.
Accessing a Clinical Psychologist has never been easier with the help of the Medicare rebates for Psychology sessions making it much more affordable coming to see an experienced Clinical Psychologist.
Clients with a valid Mental Health Care Plan (MHCP) psychology referral provided by their GP/Psychiatrist are eligible for up to 10 Medicare Rebated psychology sessions per calendar year. MHCPs are designed to help provide financial assistance to those people with mental health difficulties to access services of a Psychologist & Clinical Psychologist. Book an appointment with your GP to discuss getting a MHCP if you feel you would benefit from psychological help.
Note: Medicare is currently offering up to 20 rebated sessions due to Covid.
Note: Medicare does not provide a Medicare Rebate for ‘Relationship Counselling/Couples Therapy’ under the MHCP as the Medicare rebates are for treatment of mental health issues. If you require couples counselling the above consultation fee is payable in full by the client. If you have private health cover, you may be receive a rebate from your Private Health Care Fund.
For information about how the MHCPs under Medicare work, click here.
PRIVATE HEALTH FUND REBATES:
If you have a private health fund cover, you may be eligible to receive a rebate from your fund for psychological services you receive from our clinic. You will need to discuss how much your fund will cover you per session and per year directly with your fund as your fund determines this information.
We want to make sure that you commit yourself to your treatment so that you get the best possible outcomes, thus we try to encourage you to keep your appointment where possible. If you do need to change your appointment, it helps us and our clients who are on a waiting list to have an earlier appointment when we have sufficient notice of cancellation. To encourage you providing us sufficient notice, cancellation fees are applicable to all clients appointments. Note: cancellation fees payable in full by the client regardless of how the attended psychological sessions are paid, ie., Medicare, Insurance companies etc do not pay for cancellation/no-show fees. For full information about our Cancellation Policy & Fees, click here.
|Cancellation Notice Provided (as at 1st july 2021)||Fee Applied|
|Cancel or reschedule on business day prior||$50.00|
|Cancel or reschedule on same business day with more than 3 hours notice||$80.00|
|Cancel or reschedule on the same business day with less than 3 hours notice||100% of full consultation fee|
|Non-attendance (‘no-show’) of schedule appointment without notice||100% of full consultation fee|
*100% of full consultation fee also applies to appointments that are bulk-billed. See the Cancellation info page for full terms and conditions.
A fee is incurred for preparation & writing of psychological letters and reports, including completion of insurance reports that require time outside of consultation to be completed. Our letter/report writing fees are set at the current hourly APS rate pro-rata. Please discuss your report/letter requirements and associated fee with our practice. Please be aware that reports/letters that require time outside of your consultation generally will not be able to written that same day and may take up to 1-2 weeks to complete depending on the nature of your request, so please ensure that you allow enough notice provided to your Clinical Psychologist for your request. Full payment of the letter or report is required before we are able to release the document to you.
ALL CONSULTATION FEES ARE PAYABLE AT THE TIME OF CONSULTATION. Payment options available: cash, eftpos, credit card.