referrals and fees - Dr. Rachel

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clinical psychology consultation fee

The fee for a 50 minute session is $180.


Dr. Bushing will consider a fee reduction if you find yourself in financial hardship, such as unemployment, full time university studies, disability, or for holders of a health care card. Please enquire when you make contact prior to your first appointment.

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payment and rebate processing

The full consultation fee is due at the end of each session by cash, cheque, direct debit or EFTPOS. Receipts will be received via email. 


Rebates via medicare and private health insurance can be made and processed at the point of sale, using the HICAPS facility. Medicare rebates require you to first pay the full fee of $180, with the rebate then paid back into your bank account. Private health insurance is processed by paying the gap only. 

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medicare better access scheme

With referral from your GP, psychiatrist or paediatrician under a Mental Health Care Plan, you will be eligible for the medicare rebate of $124.50 per session ($55.50 out of pocket).


Under this plan, your medical professional as above will undertake a detailed assessment and assess eligibility for the scheme.


The scheme entitles you to 10 sessions per plan, per calendar year. Inbuilt in the scheme, your progress is reviewed by the GP after the initial 6 sessions to identify if the psychological input is benefitting you as expected.

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private health funds

Your Private Health Insurance rebate will depend of your level of cover. Each health fund has it's own terms and conditions for eligibility for psychology sessions. Most plans with 'extras' will permit psychology, but it is important to check with your insurer first. 

cancellations

We understand that life can get busy, and that it is difficult to keep track of appointments and commitments.


However, if you don't attend your appointment without giving prior notice, this disadvantages other clients who potentially could have benefitted from that spot.


Please provide notice at least 1 full working day before your scheduled appointment if you would like to cancel. Non-attended appointments without notice given will incur a fee or 50% of the full consultation fee and this amount is not rebatable.  

any other questions

Please don't hesitate to ask if you have any concerns about fees and accounts. 


If you would like information on the industry standards for psychology consultations, please see the APS website. 

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Getting Started

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before your first session

There are some things you can try before our first session that might go some way to helping you manage difficult feelings. You might find it useful to experiment with some of these ideas and keep a list of the ones you’ve found helpful so you can refer back to them when you need to. 

things you can do on your own

There are some things you can try before our first session that might go some way to helping you manage difficult feelings. You might find it useful to experiment with some of these ideas and keep a list of the ones you’ve found helpful so you can refer back to them when you need to. 

relaxation strategies

There are a range of relaxation techniques that people find useful to reduce feelings of being overwhelmed. Some examples of relaxation techniques are: 

  • Body scans. Also known as ‘progressive muscle relaxation’. Lie down or recline in a chair. Taking slow breaths, beginning with your feet tense the muscles for 10 seconds and then release for 15 seconds. Work your way up the different muscle groupings of your body.
  • Breathing exercises. Find a comfortable position, and either close your eyes or focus on something in the room. Begin by taking a slow breath in through your nose, hold that breath, and then slowly release the breath out through your mouth. You may find it easier to concentrate on this by counting up to 3 or more slowly at each stage. 
  • Using imagery. Spend some time thinking of a place, real or imaginary, where you would feel safe, relaxed and comfortable. 

Take care of your physical health. While it isn’t easy when you’re feeling so overwhelmed, eating well, maintaining a daily routine, trying to get good quality sleep and keeping active can all make an immense difference to your wellbeing. 

things you can do with others

  • Share the load by talking to someone you trust and who cares about you
  • Choose people you can spend time with doing things  you would normally enjoy 
  • Attend a support group, face to face or online
  • Explore online resources from reputable sites like Beyond Blue

in a crisis

Your psychologist cannot be available around the clock, so for support between sessions, or if you are experiencing acute difficulties or are feeling unsafe, please call…

· LifeLine - 13 11 14 (24 hour, 7 days)

· Suicide Call Back Service - 1300 659 467 (24 hour, 7 days)

· Salvation Army Crisis Counselling Service - 1300 363 622 (24 hour, 7 days)

· Mensline Queensland - 1800 600 636 (9am – 12 midnight; 7 days a week)


If you need IMMEDIATE advice and support please call:

· An ambulance (for mental health emergencies) – 000

· The police (for a welfare check, or in a dangerous situation – 000

· Poisons information – 131 126 

finding the right psychologist

Like any new relationship, it can take a while to build trust and rapport with a new person. If you feel that you want to explore other therapists, the Australian Psychologist Society has a useful tool where you can search registered psychologists by location and specialty.


APS http://www.psychology.org.au/findapsychologist/default.aspx 

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