REBATES, REFERRALS & FUNDING PROGRAMS – RESOURCES
Mental Health Care Plans (MHCP):
While a referral is not required to see a clinical psychologist, it may enable you to claim rebates through Medicare’s Better Access to Mental Health Initiative.
General practitioners, paediatricians and psychiatrists can provide MHCPs, which entitle you to claim rebates for up to 10 sessions per calendar year.
Helping Children with Autism (HCWA):
The HCWA program provides funding to assist with the costs incurred in the early diagnosis and treatment of children with autism or any other pervasive developmental disorder (PDD). These services are not an annual entitlement—they are the total number of services available to each child. A child must be referred by either a paediatrician or psychiatrist for the following services:
- Up to four diagnostic and/or assessment services (for a child under 13 years of age)
- Up to 20 treatment services (for a child under 15 years, provided that a treatment and management plan is in place before their 13th birthday)
More information can be found in the Helping Children with Autism Fact Sheet for Health Providers and Parents: