Psychologists study human behaviour, how the mind works, and how people think and react. Psychologists generally have a 4-year university degree with an additional 2 years of education or training to obtain 'general registration'. Some psychologists choose to complete further training to become endorsed in specific areas of psychology, such as clinical psychology.
Unlike psychiatrists, psychologists cannot prescribe medication.
The psychologist will work with you based on your needs and preferences to create an integrated evidence-based treatment plan. Or, where appropriate, suggest other psychologists or services to better meet your needs.
Your doctor, paediatrician or psychiatrist can refer you to a psychologist who will work with you to establish the best treatment for your concerns. This is typically via a mental health care plan and part of the government's Better Access Initiative.
You can self-refer to a psychologist by simply making a booking.
Assessment will be tailored to meet the individual needs of the client, however, generally include at present:
Please note: the assessment letters or reports are NOT able to be provided for family law or legal purposes.
While not necessary to undertake an assessment, it is preferred the individual first discusses their difficulties with their doctor, paediatrician, or psychiatrist before seeking psychological assessment. A comprehensive referral can be helpful in providing clinical information that will assist in the assessment process.
Used for children and adults to determine an individual's overall intellectual ability compared to same-aged peers and to gain understanding of a person's specific strengths and weaknesses. A cognitive assessment my be helpful if:
Intellectual impairment or delay is suspected.
Individual Achievement Test
Used in a variety of settings for ages 4-50 to Identify academic strengths and weaknesses and Diagnosis of specific learning disabilities.
If you have a mental health care plan Medicare covers some or all of the costs. Without a mental health care plan Medicare doesn't help with the fees and you will need to pay the full amount or check with your health insurance provider for any rebates you may be entitled to.
If you have been referred under a mental health care plan you are entitled to a rebate for up to 10 therapy sessions per year. Bulk billing, where no gap is charged, is available in some circumstances. Talk to our staff about the requirements for bulk billing when making your appointment.
For non-bulk billed clients, current fees per session are $165.00. The Medicare rebate is currently set at $88.25 for a registered psychologist. Full fee payment will be needed at the end of each appointment prior to claiming your rebate. You can choose to claim your rebate yourself directly through Medicare online or in person. Or, we can assist you in doing this electronically in office at the time of your appointment. If you have provided your bank details to Medicare you can expect your rebate in your account anywhere from the same day to 5 business days.
Fees for private health insurance. Full payment of session costs will need to be made at the end of each appointment. You will be provided with a receipt which you can use to claim on your private health insurance if eligible. Any rebate from your health fund will be subject to your personal cover and fund entitlements.
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