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. As of the 30th March 2020, the criteria has been expanded to include all Australian citizens. Therefore, anyone wanting a Teleheatlh appointment can receive this under Medicare bulk billing as long as they have a current GP Mental Health Care Plan. 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.
At Links Psychology we are still continuing to offer face to face consultations whilst following the Australian and State Governments' advice regarding physical distancing and appropriate hygiene procedures.
Please call or email us if you want to arrange a phone or video-call consultation.