COVID-19 has been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organisation (WHO). With the spread of the virus, many people are seeking information to help them continue or start counselling.
The Australian Government has introduced new COVID-19 Medicare Telehealth items. This allows your Psychologist to conduct sessions via telephone or video-call. If you have a current GP Mental Health Care Plan we can assist you claiming the Medicare rebate. If you do not have a current GP Mental Health Care Plan you will need to make an appointment with your GP. Most GP's are also using Telehealth to complete these plans. The Medicare limit of ten session per calendar year still applies.
The Australian Government has just made provision in the new Federal budget for an additional 10 Medicare sessions if the initial 10 sessions have been used for all Australians, whether COVID-19 restrictions are in place or not.
At Links Psychology we are still continuing to offer face to face consultations whilst following the Australian and State Governments' strict advice regarding physical distancing and appropriate hygiene procedures.
Please call or email us if you want to arrange a phone or video-call consultation. Please also let us know if you are currently suffering from financial hardship.
Further information can also be found by visiting the Department of Health's website.
The National Coronavirus Health Information Line can be reached by calling 1800 020 080.