Fees & Rebates
 

FEES

Synergy Counselling Service is committed to providing an accessible counselling service.    

The standard fee for a 45 to 50 minutes consultation is $140.00.

If you have a GP Mental Health Care Plan you will be eligible to access a Medicare rebate of $74.80 with a gap consultation fee of $60.00 per session.

If you have a valid Health Care Card and a GP Mental Health Care Plan , you will be eligible to access a Medicare rebate of $74.80 with a gap consultation fee of $30.00 per session.

VOCAT: I am provider of counselling with VOCAT. If you wish to accessing psychological services and you are already registered with VOCAT you will need to provide your Claim Number at the time of making initial appointment. If you wish to have a VOCAT assessment completed you will need to speak with a VOCAT solicitor and they will need to make the request directly prior to an inital appointment. Please do not hesitate to contact me should you have any queries relating to this.

TAC: I am a provider of counselling for TAC. Please note that there is an out of pocket fee associated with TAC counselling. I am happy to discuss with with you should you wish to pursue this option.

Cancellation/Non-attendance Policy

If, for some reason you need to cancel/reschedule a minimum of 24 hours notice is required to prevent an associated fee. The cancellation/non-attendance fee is $50 payable prior to next session being booked.

Methods of Payment include Cash and EFTPOS [credit and debt cards].

REBATES - MEDICARE BETTER OUTCOMES

Your counselling sessions are supported by Medicare, in order to be eligible for a Medicare Rebate you will need to obtain a REFERRAL LETTER and a MENTAL HEALTH CARE PLAN from your Medical Practitioner - your GP may require you to book a double session for this to occur, so please ask reception staff about this.

If you are seeking a referral for your child/adolescent it is important to note that it is highly likely the GP will want your child present at the time of developing the Referral and Care Plan. Again I recommend you ask reception staff if you are uncertain.

You will need to supply your doctor with the following information about Synergy Counselling Services:

Synergy Counselling Services
P.O. Box 195
Mentone, 3194
Ph: 0430023342 Fax: 8790 7444

Medicare Provider Number [Moorabbin]: 4137952K
Medicare Provider Number [Frankston]: 4137956H

Medicare Reporting Requirements

Under the Medicare Better Outcomes Scheme with a Mental Health Care Plan you are entitled to annual MAXIMUM of 10 psychological services.

At the conclusion of the 6th session a review is required discussing progress to date and planned ongoing intervention/recommendations. A written report is required to be sent to the referring Medical Practitioner at this time. You will receive a copy of the report being sent to your GP for your records. At the time of receiving this report it is recommended that you make a time with your GP to review progress. Continuation of sessions CAN NOT continue without a review occurring between you/referred client and your GP.

At the conclusion of the 10th session a written report will be sent to your GP outlining the cessation of sessions under Better Outcomes Scheme; intervention to date and recommendation, if appropriate. You will receive a copy of the report being sent your GP for your records.

You need to be aware of the limits of confidentiality relating to this reporting requirement to the referring practitioner. The report to the referring medical practitioner will become part of your/referred client’s
medical report at the medical practice.