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How do I make an appointment?
There are several ways to make your appointment:
Call or text 0405 808 911 between 9am - 5pm, Mon-Fri. We are often unable to pick up the phone, however you can leave a message or send a text, which is usually responded to within 24 hours (Mon - Fri).
Use the online booking button to access the Halaxy Appointment book.
Use the Contact Form.
Make a forward booking at the end of your appointment.
If you are a current client, use your Halaxy account login to access Appointment book.
How much are session fees?
Session fees are $220 for a 50 minute appointment under most circumstances. If you have a current Medicare Mental Health Care Plan, you will receive a rebate of $129.55, deposited to your Medicare linked bank account at the end of your session.
Please Note: Australian Psychological Society (APS) recommended Fee for a standard appointment is $267. Reduced fees in this practice are made possible through clients using the online Halaxy systems to reduce administration costs. Your co-operation in utilizing this helps keeps your fees lower!
Clients with DVA or Work Cover referrals have fees fully covered.
How does payment work?
Payment of full fee is due at the end of your session using your credit or debit card. Medicare rebates will be processed at the same time and refunded by Medicare directly to the bank account you have linked to your Medicare details.
DVA and Work Cover fees are directly billed to those organisations.
Private Health refunds are available by presenting your paid invoice to your fund provider. This invoice will be automatically emailed to you upon full payment of account at end of sessions.
Do I need a referral?
To claim up to 10 sessions on a Medicare rebate per calendar year, you will need a "Mental Health Care Plan" prepared by your doctor for an initial 6 Sessions. An additional 4 Sessions can be accessed after your Doctor re-assesses your need (for a total of 10 Sessions). Please let your doctor know in advance when requesting this, so they can allow the extra time needed.
At present (until Dec 2022), your Doctor can also refer you for an additional 10 sessions for clients needing extra support due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
You can also see a Psychologist as a private client, without a referral.
Do you offer Bulk-Billing?
We are not able to offer Bulk Billing at this time. Clients with genuine financial hardship and a Health Care Card can receive a reduced fee to assist. Please feel free to discuss this if it applies to you.
Do you charge cancellation fees?
As you can appreciate, an appointment with a psychologist means at least an hour of time is booked especially for you. Unlike GP offices, we do not have the capacity to "fit people in" at the last minute if someone does not present for their appointment.
A minimum of 24 hours before your appointment time is needed to cancel. You will be charged a $50 fee if the appointment is unable to be re-booked.
To help avoid this, a reminder is sent to your phone 2 days prior to your booking to which you can simply reply Yes or No.
Life does sometimes present us with emergency and unexpected situations. If you are unable to make your appointment at late notice, please call to discuss the circumstances and re-organise your appointment.