No referral is required for psychological services; however, a referral will be required if you wish to access Medicare rebates.
Medicare rebates on psychological services are available for a range of individuals, including:
individuals with a mental health diagnosis
children with a disability
women who have concerns about a current or recent pregnancy (within 12 months)
individuals with a chronic medical condition with complex needs
individuals who identify of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent who require follow-up allied health services.
To obtain a Medicare rebate for psychological services a referral is required from a general practitioner (GP) or in some cases a psychiatrist or paediatrician. To receive a referral your GP will need to complete a Mental Health Treatment Plan prior to your first session and provide a written letter addressed to the psychologist of your choice. This may take longer than a standard GP appointment, and you may need to book a longer appointment with your GP.
Private health funds may also provide a rebate for psychological services.
Note: The current recommended schedule fee by the Australian Psychological Society for a registered psychologist is
$260 for a 45-60 minute session.
Payments for psychological services are paid on the day of your appointment via eftpos transactions. Rebates for Medicare and/or private health funds can be processed at the time of payment.