What should I expect in the first session?
Sydney Children’s Practice offers a warm comfortable environment for an initial discussion about your current concerns. Upon arrival you will be greeted by our friendly administrative team who will introduce you to your practitioner. The aim of the initial assessment is to gain an understanding of the concerns of both parent and child, to enable us to develop a treatment plan. Relevant information relating to the child’s development, medical history, family and school situation may be collected prior to the session. The session allows time for parents and the child to speak with the psychologist both individually and together so comprehensive decisions, strategies and goals can be formulated.
What should I bring with me to the initial assessment?
This will vary depending on the reason for your visit. Often we encourage families to bring any school reports that may be relevant, and other reports from treating health practitioners. Sydney Children’s Practice will advise you of any specific requirements in advance of your visit.
How many sessions will my child need?
The number of sessions needed varies on a case by case basis, and will be discussed with you at the conclusion of the initial visit.
How do I obtain a Mental Health Care Plan?
You will need to consult your General Practitioner or Paediatrician who will decide whether your child’s concerns meet the criteria for a Mental Health Care Plan to be created.
How do I claim Medicare rebates?
You will need to bring your referral on your first visit. We can then process the Medicare rebate for you at this and subsequent sessions.
Can I claim using my health fund at Sydney Children’s Practice?
This will depend on your particular health fund and the level of cover. Please check with your health fund.