Fees and Rebates
No referral is necessary to access counselling intervention and assessments at Concepts
As we are a private psychology clinic, private fees are applicable, however, you may be entitled to access rebates through a Mental Health Treatment Plan, Private Health Insurance, Workers Compensation, or through FaHCSIA's AEI and BSI Funding.
The Australian Psychological Society (APS) has a recommended fee of $238 for a 46-60 minute consultation with a Registered Psychologist. At Concepts Psychology, our fees for counselling and assessments are well below the APS Recommended fee and the amounts required at other private practices in the Sydney Metropolitan Area.
Concepts Psychology provides other services that may incur additional costs. These include:
Preparation of letters or reports (not including those already provided within the assessment fee/process)
Offsite face to face visits to schools/preschools
Phone calls and teleconferences with Teachers or Work Cover Case Managers
Case Conference meetings for Out Of Home Care
Preparation of case notes for court hearings
A client who is referred by their GP under the Mental Health Treatment Plan (MHTP) is eligible to access a rebate towards the consultation fee for counselling services only. In order to access these rebates, a copy of the MHTP is required at the initial consultation. Please ensure you bring this with you along with your current Medicare card so that we can process your claim. Payment is required up front, and Medicare claims can be lodged on your behalf at our office. Rebate amounts vary depending on the length of the consultation. Currently, for a standard 50 minute consultation, the Medicare rebate is $86.15. There are requirements that need to be met in order to obtain a MHTP; to determine if you are eligible for this plan, please discuss this with your GP.
Helping Children with Autism Medicare Rebates
Children and adolescents to the age of 13 under investigation for a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD) may be eligible to claim a rebate from Medicare for assessment and counselling intervention. The referral for this service is provided by a Paediatrician, under Item Number 135, for up to 4 assessment sessions and 20 consultations in an individual's lifetime. In order to access these rebates, a copy of the 135 Referral is required at the initial consultation. Please ensure you bring this with you along with your current Medicare card so that we can process your claim. Payment is required up front, and Medicare claims can be lodged on your behalf at our office.
Private Health Insurance Rebates
All of our Psychologist's are registered with Private Health Insurance Funds. We have the HICAPS system at our Sans Souci office, allowing us to process health fund claims on the spot, and you only need to finalise the gap amount. Not all health funds will provide a rebate towards psychology services. Please contact your health insurance provider directly to confirm if you are eligible for rebates.
Practice Cancellation Policy
A security deposit equalling the cost of a therapy session is required at the completion of the initial consultation in order to schedule further appointments. 24 hours' notice is required for all session cancellations at Concepts Psychology. If less than 24 hours' notice is given, and a medical certificate is not provided at the next session, the security deposit will be forfeited as a cancellation fee. In order to book ongoing therapy sessions at Concepts Psychology, a new security deposit equivalent to the session fee is required. This is credited towards your final session or refunded via EFT on completion of therapy.