When to Refer: As a psychologist, Wendy can help with many of the everyday problems that can seriously affect your patient’s ability to enjoy life as well as many of the psychiatric disorders:-
- Alcohol and Drug Abuse
- Addictions (smoking, gambling, etc.)
- Anger Management
- Fears, Phobias, Anxiety, Panic Attacks
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
- Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
- Work Related Stress Disorder
- Other Disorders
- Chronic Pain Syndromes
- Self-Esteem Issues
- Eating Disorders
- Grief & Loss Issues
- Behaviour Problems
- Conduct Disorder
- Dementia - Assessment & Management
How to Refer: Following a discussion with the patient/family member/carer regarding reasons for referral, the patient can be given Wendy’s contact details. Referral details can be provided either by telephone or via a letter of referral and should include:-
- The reason for referral
- Treatment history
- Medication and
- Relevant medical or social history
For referrals under the MedicarePlus programme or the Better Access to Mental Health Care initiative, please refer the section under Government Payments in the Medicare Australia .
After Referring: For most cases, Wendy will send an opinion and management plan after the initial assessment. The contact between the medical practitioner and the psychologist varies with the complexity of the condition and the treatment required.
Information for Patients
A brochure on the psychological services provided by Wendy is available for patients attending your surgery.
Fees and Rebate Information for Patients
Consultation fees vary with the type of service that is provided. In some cases, fees can be adjusted to take into account a client’s financial circumstances (e.g., pensioner or veteran).
Psychological services are now covered under MedicarePlus for a maximum of five sessions per year. MedicarePlus will provide some financial rebate for psychological health services which complement the General Practitioner’s care in relation to some chronic illnesses. Further information and forms are available at hic.gov.au under the Medicare Allied Health and Dental Care Initiative section.
More recently, the Better Access to Mental Health Care initiative has enabled those who suffer from many psychological disorders (e.g., anxiety, depression, addictions) to access the services of a psychologist. Under this scheme, a Mental Health Care Plan is prepared by the General Practitioner and then a referral is made to a psychologist. A Medicare rebate is the available for up to ten individual allied mental health services in a calendar year.
Others who might be eligible for government support are victims of crime, those injured in the workplace/traffic accident and veterans through the relevant services.
Private Health Insurance
Funds often include a rebate for psychological services. As the availability and type of rebate varies across the different funds and the type of cover that the person has purchased. They would need to contact their health care fund to determine your eligibility for a rebate.