Mental Health Care Plans

Please understand that you do not have to have a Mental Health Care Plan referral form your GP to have an appointment with your psychologist,  you may opt to pay for your psychological sessions privately and therefore will not require a referral from a GP.

Please Note:  You cannot claim Medicare Rebate for psychological sessions paid privately, or receive rebates from Medicare for appointments made prior to the Mental Health Care Plan date.

To Claim Mental Health Referrals

If you have sought a Mental Health Plan through your GP, please ask your doctor to either post, fax or provide you with the Mental Health Care Plan and bring this paperwork with you to your first session.

The Medicare Extended Safety Net

Once someone has paid a certain amount of out-of-pocket expenses, 80% of the out -of-pocket cost for seeing a psychologist is covered by the Extended Medicare Safety Net.  This Safety Net works in addition to the usual medicare safety net. The threshold is reached by the amount of money that an individual (or family) pays during a particular calendar year.  Each year the amount of money resets and the threshold must be reached again.  Each member attending psychological therapy is advised to contact medicare to find out what their personal/family Safety Net is.  To register with Medicare or to gain further information on the Medicare Safety Net, please either contact Medicare on 13 20 11 or review their website:


with one of our Brisbane based Psychologists in Toowong, 

one of our Psychologists in Wynnum West/Manly (servicing the Redland Bay, Cleveland, Bayside areas) 

Wynnum -  0401 924 331  Toowong 0411 731 516



(Responses can be expected between a 24-48 hour period)  

If in Crisis please call 000


35 Wondall Road


Qld 4178

Tel: 0401 924 331 

Fax:  (07) 3009 0553


Suite 37, Level 1 Benson House,

No. 2 Benson Street, TOOWONG,

Qld 4066.

Tel: 0411 731 516

Fax: (07) 3009 0075


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Michelle Barratt is a Fellow of the Clinical College at the Australian Psychological Society.