Consultations

Consultations generally last 50 minutes. Longer consultations can be negotiated at extra cost. The Medicare rebate remains the same whether the session is 50 minutes or 1.5 hours. Shorter consultations are available, these cost less and have a lower rebate, however they count towards your total number of Medicare rebatable sessions in the same way that a longer session does. 

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Click here to see our Consultation times. These are somewhat negotiable, please e-mail/text/call to discuss a time outside these hours. There is even more flexibility for telephone and Skype/Viber/WhatsApp consultations. However, please note that Medicare rebates are only available for face-to-face consultationsIf you live in a remote area, some other alternatives to face to face are possible. Please contact us to discuss your particular situation.

You will need to check with your private health insurance fund regarding their particular policies for rebates.

There are a number of ways to see us

  • at our office
  • home visits (in certain circumstances)
  • hospital visits & aged care facility visits
  • your place of work
  • Skype
  • telephone
  • email

Consulting a Clinical Psychologist/Psychologist under Medicare

  • With a Medicare card and a referral from a doctor or psychiatrist you can have up to 10 sessions per year under the Better Access (Medicare) program. This program is subject to certain conditions and your GP/Psychiatrist must conduct an initial assessment. After 6 sessions, should you require further assistance, the referring doctor will review your progress and is able to refer you for a further 4 sessions.
  • Please note that the upper limit of 10 sessions includes sessions from all Medicare registered psychologists, social workers, occupational therapists or other eligible workers seen in a calendar year

The referral process

Psychological treatment under Medicare involves a collaborative approach between your GP/ psychiatrist and us.

You must obtain a referral from a GP or psychiatrist prior to your first appointment in order to receive the Medicare rebate. If you don't have a regular GP we can suggest some to you. The GP must provide two things:

  • a referral letter, preferably made out to us, and
  • a Mental Health Treatment Plan

This plan involves an assessment of your needs, and goal setting for your treatment and ongoing management. For this you need to book a long appointment. Your GP then writes a referral to us to provide this treatment.

A psychiatrist only needs to provide a referral letter.

Referrals need to be made out to Robyn Rowe at Rowe Psychology, so you can give the doctor name, practice address and phone number details, or the doctor can look us up. It will be quicker if you take our details with you to your appointment and organise a referral on the spot.

The doctor's practice will either post/fax/email the referral documents to us, or give them to you to bring to your appointment. You will also need to bring your Medicare card.

We will provide a report to your GP/psychiatrist at the conclusion of your treatment in keeping with Medicare requirements.

Non Medicare Referrals

  • For consultations not involving a Medicare rebate no referral is necessary.
  • For referrals where a third party e.g. TAC, WorkSafe, VOCAT, is responsible for payment, you will require a referral in accordance with their processes. 

For more information or to make a booking

To find out how Rowe Psychology, Psychologists Melbourne can help you, please call us on 03 9556 5481, or 0419 982 335, or submit an enquiry here: Enquiry Form

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Cancellation Policy

Cancellations and changes with less than 24 hours notice, or non attendance may be billed at the full rate.