50 minute initial parent consultation – $250, less any private health rebate
50 minute counselling session – $250*, less any private health OR Medicare rebate
120 minute consultation – $400, less any private health rebate (standard assessment session)
[*A reduced rate of $200 is available if payment is made in advance, during the week prior to the session.]
Private Health Fund Rebates
If you are NOT claiming a Medicare rebate AND you have private health cover that includes psychology services you can claim a private health fund rebate.
Rebates will vary widely depending on your health fund and your level of cover. If in doubt, please check with your health fund or ask your psychologist for a health fund quote when you visit our office.
If you have a valid referral from your doctor you can claim a Medicare rebate of $84.80 for each 50 minute counselling session. Up to 10 rebates can be claimed per calendar year.
Your out-of-pocket cost will be further reduced if you reach the threshold for the Medicare Safety Net scheme. There are two safety net schemes which operate side-by-side:
- The ‘Original’ Medicare Safety Net
- The ‘Extended’ Medicare Safety Net
If your family reaches the extended threshold Medicare will cover 80% of any future out-of-pocket costs for out-of-hospital Medicare services for the remainder of the calendar year.
Learning Assessment Fees
We tailor our assessment services to your child’s specific needs and the exact cost will be quoted at your initial consultation.
A full learning assessment is approximately $2,200 in total (depending on the tests administered) – spread over several weeks and appointments.
However, the total out-of-pocket fee will depend on any private health fund rebates you are entitled to at each of the consultations. (Note: Medicare rebates do not apply to assessments.)
Occasionally there are good reasons for cancellations. However, unlike brief medical appointments, it is nearly impossible to fill a 50+ minute session with short notice. Furthermore, we also dedicate significant time and care to session planning and preparation and there are substantial overhead costs associated with providing you with these services.
For these reasons, we require all clients to agree to the following notice periods in order to use our service:
- For 50 minute appointments we require at least THREE (3) DAYS notice of cancellation
- For an assessment appointment we require at least SEVEN (7) DAYS notice of cancellation
- To fully cancel an assessment service we require at least FOURTEEN (14) DAYS notice
We hope you find this to be a fair and reasonable policy and we thank you in advance for your understanding and cooperation.