Clients of DS Psychology Group usually come from one of the following:
- Self-referral or Word of Mouth Recommendation
- General Practitioners (GP) – under Mental Health Care Plans
- Psychiatrists – under Mental Health Care Plans
- Private Health Insurance
- Insurance companies – under Work Cover
A standard appointment with DS Psychology Group is 50 minutes.
Please call 9872 6255 for session fee as costs will vary depending on the psychologist allocated and whether your appointment is a day or after hours time. Out of pocket expenses will range from $25 to $75 per session with a mental health care plan referral depending on the psychologist you see, the fee assigned and the time of the appointment.
At present, Medicare’s Better Access program enables 10 sessions per calendar year.
To obtain a plan and the medicare rebate you must see a GP or psychiatrist prior to your first session with the psychologist and obtain a referral. The referral is at the discretion of the GP or psychiatrist and there must be a mental health diagnosis eg anxiety disorder or depression. Medical clinics like to be informed that this is the reason for your appointment as sometimes a longer appointment is required, so please advise the receptionist you are seeking this plan so appropriate time allocations can be made.
Please advise us of the referring GP or psychiatrist when you phone us to make an appointment and whether you are being referred under the Mental Health Care Plan.
Depending on whether you can attend during the day or evening our psychologists charge a standard fee that is usually $50-$60 ($20 for group therapy) above the Medicare rebate so this is an out of pocket expense. We understand that some clients on a pension, unemployed or in difficult financial circumstances may not be able to afford this out of pocket expense. In these cases we would be willing to consider a Concession or a Bulk Billing arrangement however there may be a waiting list depending on how many client sessions the organisation currently sees on a weekly basis.
For more information please review the APS’s Medicare rebates Fact Sheet.
Private Health Funds
Rebates are available for most private health insurers where comprehensive extras are part of the policy. The rebate is usually between $40 – $70, and for a limited number of sessions. We recommend you contact your insurer to check your level of cover and the rebate. Receipts can be taken to your insurer to claim the rebate. However it is not usually possible to claim both private health and Medicare for the one appointment so most clients choose to utilise their Medicare sessions first then claim through private health for further sessions if needed.
Payments can be made by cash, credit or eftpos; however we do not take Diners or American Express.