What is the difference between a psychologist and a psychiatrist?
A psychologist must have formal university qualifications and training to practice as a psychologist. They are also registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). You can look up a psychologist here to see their registration details.
A psychiatrist is a medical doctor who has specialised in psychiatric illness. Psychiatrists can prescribe medication and commonly work in hospitals, community mental health and private practice settings.
Can I claim my session on Medicare or with my private health insurance?
Yes, you can claim a Medicare rebate if you have a referral that includes a Mental Health Treatment Plan from your general practitioner, paediatrician or psychiatrist.
We recommend that you check with your private health insurer to ensure that you are eligible for psychology sessions.
Do I need a referral to see a psychologist?
You don’t need a referral to make an appointment to see a psychologist. If you have private health insurance you may be able to claim back part of your consultation fee, however, please check with your insurer first. You will not be able to claim a Medicare rebate without a GP MHTP. Please click here to find out more about accessing a GP MHTP.
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