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If you have a Mental Health Care referral from your GP you can claim a rebate of $83.25 for up to 10, in exceptional circumstances 16 sessions within a calendar year. There are also a number of special bulk-bulling referral programs - LINKS referrals for the Penrith area and ATAPS referrals for the Blue Mountains area – for vulnerable people with mental health issues including anxiety, depression and stress related problems; women with prenatal or perinatal depression; children and adolescent; and people at risk of suicide. When you book your appointment with your GP you need to tell the receptionist to make a long appointment for a Mental Health Care Plan to ensure your GP has enough time to set up the plan.
If you have ancillary benefits for psychology with your health fund you are able to claim your consultations. Rebates vary and you will need to ring your health fund to enquire about the amount they will refund you for a session.