Fees, Medicare & Rebates
Please contact us for a fee schedule and session times.
Medicare Rebates for Psychology Services
Medicare rebates are available for psychological treatment by registered psychologists under the Better Access to Mental Health Care initiate. Eligible individuals can receive up to 10 individual sessions in a calendar year. Your referring doctor (GP, Paediatrician, Psychiatrist) will assess your progress after the first 6 sessions.
After you have reached the maximum number of allowable sessions for the calendar year you will not be eligible for any further Medicare rebates for treatment you receive form a psychologist until the new calendar year. Please note that this Clinic does not bulk bill.
Medicare Rebates for Speech pathology services
The chronic disease management (CDM) Medicare items are part of a government initiative that assists people living with a chronic and/or complex medical illness. Medicare rebates are available for treatment from allied health professionals who are assisting in managing the illness.
The initiative allows a person with a complex and/or chronic medical illness to claim a Medicare rebate for up to 5 visits (in total) to certain allied health professionals (eg speech pathology) within a calendar year. The individual must be referred by a GP who is managing them under a GP Management Plan and Team Care Arrangements (TCA).
The GP Chronic Disease Management (CDM) items have replaced the earlier Enhanced Primary Care (EPC) items, and the new Team Care Arrangements (TCA) have replaced the earlier EPC Multidisciplinary Care Plan items.
It is not essential that you have a referral to see a clinician at the The Charles Street Clinic. Clients may call and book an appointment at any time without a referral and pay privately. Please feel free to discuss your options with reception staff prior to your appointment with a clinician.
Private Health Care Rebates
Private Health Fund Rebates for speech therapy and psychology sessions are available to most funds. Check with your Private Health Care Fund prior to sessions.
Medicare Items for Assessment and Treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorders
Medicare items are available for the diagnosis and early intervention treatment of children with autism spectrum disorders. These items apply to services provided by eligible psychologists, speech pathologists and occupational therapists, on referral from a consultant psychiatrist or paediatrican. The Medicare items cover two specific types of services – assessment services and treatment services:
For assessment medicare rebated services are available for up to 4 services for assessment (in total per child) aged under 13 years old;and up to 20 early intervention treatment services in a child’s lifetime for diagnosis prior to 15 years old.
Early Intervention Services for Children
Early intervention funding of up to $12,000 per child ($6,000 per year for two years) is available for children to be used before they turn 7 years of age. To access these services children must have been diagnosed prior to turning 6. The services are to be provided by approved service panel providers. Childhood Autism Advisors have been appointed across Australia to help families and carers by providing information about the most appropriate early intervention services for their child. For families living in a rural or remote location, an additional $2,000 is available to assist with travel and accommodation costs to source services for their child.
The Charles Street Clinic Team is an approved service provider under the FaHCSIA “Helping Children with Autism Initiative.” Fees for all Western Australian members of the Autism Service Provider Panel are listed on the website of the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs. Please contact us for more details regarding fees and service policy.
National Disability Insurance Scheme
Individuals living in the Perth-Hills pilot site for the NDIS program are able to access services through the Charles Street Clinic. To find out more about eligibility to this program, please go to the following website: http://www.ndis.gov.au/