Fees & Rebates
A standard 50+ minute consultation is $180. This is substantially below the Australian Psychological Society recommended rate of $241. A referral from your GP/Psychiatrist/Paediatrician will allow a Medicare rebate of $84.80 under the Better Access to Mental Health Care Scheme.
Reduced fees may apply for concession and health care cardholders at Stephanie’s discretion.
Better Access to Mental Health Care Plan
If you are referred by your GP/Psychiatrist/Paediatrician via the Better Access to Mental Health Care Plan prior to the initial session, you are entitled to a Medicare rebate of $84.80 per session.
This initial referral will allow access to six rebated sessions. A further four sessions can be obtained, with a maximum of 10 sessions in each calendar year.
Assessment packages are competitive and based on the standard sessional rate. Autism and Developmental Assessments often require four to six sessions in order to enable sufficient collection of information and optimal assessment of your child.
If your child is referred for an Autism or Developmental assessment by a Paediatrician or Psychiatrist, you may be entitled to a Medicare rebate of $84.80 with a maximum of 4 rebatable assessment sessions in a lifetime.
For more information, please visit http://www.health.gov.au/internet/main/publishing.nsf/Content/autism-children
and ask the friendly staff at Western Children's when making your appointment.
DSS/ FaHCSIA funding
Stephanie is a registered provider under the Helping Children with Autism and Better Start initiative (DSS/ FaHCSIA funding, now funded by the Department of Social Services) allowing eligible families to utilise allocated funding to access early intervention services.
For more information please visit:
Helping Children with Autism package - http://www.amaze.org.au/
Better Start for Children with Disability - http://www.betterstart.net.au/
Out of pocket expenses may count towards the Medicare Safety Net. The Medicare Safety Net aims to protect high users of the health system from excessive out of pocket expenses. Please visit www.medicareaustralia.gov.au for further information.
Private Health Cover
Private Health insurance often includes rebates for psychological services depending on your level of cover. Please contact your provider to find out more.
If you are unable to attend, please contact the Western Children’s Health Centre or Stephanie directly with as much time as possible so that appointments may be allocated to others waiting. A minimum of 24 hours notice is required. Less than 24 hours notice will incur a $50 cancellation fee.