Jigsaw Psychologists are registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and have Medicare provider numbers, enabling you to claim a Medicare rebate for your sessions. There will be out of pocket costs.
To claim these rebates, you must have a referral, in the form of a Mental Health Care Plan, from your GP, psychiatrist or paediatrician.
Eligible people can receive:
10 individual sessions in a calendar year. (Your referring doctor will assess your progress after the first six sessions) and 10 group therapy sessions in a calendar year.
To obtain a referral you will need to make an appointment with your GP to complete a Mental Health Care Plan. It is important to tell the doctor's receptionist that you are requesting a referral to a psychologist as the GP may need approximately 30 minutes to discuss the plan with you and fill in the required paperwork. You must obtain your GP referral prior to your first appointment in order to receive Medicare rebates.
Private Health Insurance
You may be eligible to claim a rebate from your private health insurance provider. Please contact your provider for more information regarding whether you will be eligible to make a claim.
Helping Children with Autism
Jigsaw Psychology is a FaHCSIA provider, and children with FaHCSIA funding are entitled up to $12,000 to access early intervention services, for use before their seventh birthday.
Additionally, the HCWA Initiative entitles children to access rebates for 4 sessions of assessment and up to 20 sessions of intervention until the age of fifteen. A referral is required from either your child’s paediatrician/ psychiatrist and must be done so prior to their thirteenth birthday.
Following diagnosis, contact http://www.amaze.org.au/ who will assist with determining eligibility for, and access to funding through the HCWA Initiative.