At PsychEquip, our aim is to balance affordability to you, with the real cost of delivering quality care. Our fees remain well below the $280 scheduled fee set by the Australian Psychological Society.
Medicare Better Access & other third party providers (eg NDIS) 50 minute appointment (in person & telehealth) – $190
Private in person attendance (this fee does not apply to clients using the Medicare Better Access program brother third party providers) – $170
Concessional attendance for clients who hold a current health care card or pension card – $145
Letter & report writing – $170 / hour.
No cost for attendance letters.
Medico-legal reports are not provided.
Cancellations, Reschedules and Non-Attendance
100% of the appointment fee if you fail to attend without notice;
50% of the appointment fee with less than 24 hours notice;
No fee for changes made with more than 24 hours notice.
Medicare Rebate: If you have been referred by your GP under a GP Mental Health Care Plan, you will be eligible for an on the spot rebate of $89.65 for your psychologist fees. Speak to you GP or Psychologist for further details.
Private Health Rebate: For those clients who have chosen to use private health cover, your health insurer may offer a rebate for psychology under their “Extras” provision. Please ask your health insurer about your cover as this varies between funds. The item codes you will need to quote are 100 (Initial visit) or 200 (Subsequent visit).
Please note that if you are utilising a Medicare rebate, your private health insurer is unable, by legislation, to cover any gap payment.
As a registered Allied Health Provider, PsychEquip complies with the requirements of the Privacy Amendment (Private Sector) Act 2000, in addition to observing the ethical guidelines of the Australian Psychological Society.
Client files are held in a secure filing cabinet which is accessible only to authorised employees. The information on each file includes personal information such as name, address, contact phone numbers, medical history, and other personal information collected as part of providing the psychological service.
How clients’ personal information is collected
A client’s personal information is collected in a number of ways during psychological consultation within the PsychEquip Practice, including when the client provides information directly to their PsychEquip Psychologist using hard-copy forms, correspondence via email, when the client interacts directly with PsychEquip employees such as the receptionist, and when other health practitioners provide personal information to your PsychEquip Psychologist, via referrals, correspondence and medical reports.
Consequence of not providing personal information
Purpose of holding personal information
A client’s personal information is gathered and used for the purpose of providing psychological services, which includes assessing, diagnosing and treating a client’s presenting issue. The personal information is retained in order to document what happens during sessions, and enables the psychologist to provide a relevant and informed psychological service.
Disclosure of personal information
Clients’ personal information will not be disclosed except when:
1. It is subpoenaed by a court; or
2. Failure to disclose the information would in the reasonable belief of the PsychEquip Psychologist place a client or another person at serious risk to life, health or safety; or
3. The client’s prior approval has been obtained to:
a) provide a written report to another professional or agency, e.g., a GP or a lawyer; or
b) discuss the material with another person, e.g. a parent, employer or health provider; or
c) disclose the information in another way; or
4. Disclosure is otherwise required by law.
A client’s personal information is not disclosed to overseas recipients, unless the client consents or such disclosure is otherwise required by law. Clients’ personal information will not be used, sold, rented or disclosed for any other purpose.
Requests for access and correction to client information
At any stage clients may request to see and correct the personal information about them kept on file. The psychologist may discuss the contents with them and/or give them a copy, subject to the exceptions in the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth). If satisfied that personal information is inaccurate, out of date or incomplete, reasonable steps will be taken in the circumstances to ensure that this information is corrected. All requests by clients for access to or correction of personal information held about them should be lodged with the Principal Psychologist Heather Menzies. These requests will be responded to in writing within 28 days, and an appointment will be made if necessary for clarification purposes.
If clients have a concern about the management of their personal information, they may inform the Principal Psychologist Heather Menzies. Upon request they can obtain a copy of the Australian Privacy Principles, which describe their rights and how their personal information should be handled. Ultimately, if clients wish to lodge a formal complaint about the use of, disclosure of, or access to, their personal information, they may do so with the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner by phone on 1300 363 992, online at http://www.oaic.gov.au/privacy/making-a-privacy-complaint or by post to:
Office of the Australian Information Commissioner,
GPO Box 5218, Sydney, NSW 2001.