Introducing Mental Health Services with Medicare Rebates

From 28 July 2020, Doctors on Demand introduces Mental Health services for eligible patients to claim Medicare rebates.

The importance of your mental health

There is no doubt that COVID19 pandemic has changed the way we live.  As a result many Australians are struggling with isolation and stress.  The Australian Government’s Deputy Chief Medical Officer for Mental Health, Dr Ruth Vine, has recognised the impact that COVID-19 may be having on our mental health and well-being. 

“For some Australians, the restrictions governments have rightly put in place to combat COVID-19 have been a catalyst for relationships to be strengthened and reaffirmed, including developing new ways to work together. We have seen the renewal and importance of reaching out and being socially connected even while physically separated.

However, for many of us, while physical distancing is helping to prevent people from contracting the Coronavirus, it has also created other problems, including isolation, loneliness and anxiety” she said.

If you feel that you are experiencing heightened levels of anxiety and stress, there is support available to you.  Whilst it may seem hard to focus on your well-being and mental health at this time, the earlier you seek help, the better you are able to stay mentally healthy.

Registered Psychologists Available Online

The benefits of good mental health are many and far reaching. Good mental health is a goal worth seeking. Doctors on Demand has partnered with Open Minds to provide a private, safe and secure environment for virtual video consultations with qualified practitioners. 

Doctors on Demand is proud to offer a professional and discrete mental health service that is eligible for Medicare rebates – making access to the support you need more affordable.  

What do I need to be eligible for Medicare rebates?

If you are over 18 years of age and have a current Medicare card, speak with your regular GP and let them know if you are not feeling 100% or may be struggling. You can discuss a Referral to a Psychologist and a Mental Health Plan for ongoing Psychology services.  

How do I get a Mental Health Care Plan and why do I need one? 

Speaking with your GP about your health includes how you are feeling in your emotions (your mental health).  A GP will talk with you about options to improve your well-being which may include seeing a psychologist or counsellor, and they may provide you with a Mental Health Care Plan that offers some Medicare rebate. 

OK I’m ready – how can I see a mental health professional online?

Booking a mental health consultation with Doctors on Demand is simple.  Consultations are available during business hours for a 1-hour duration. Simply go to our booking page, choose a mental health practitioner from the booking schedule, answer a few questions online about how you are feeling and your appointment will be confirmed by email.

Simply log back in to your Doctors on Demand profile a few minutes before your confirmed appointment time via the web link from the email from us  and your psychologist will open your virtual consultation in your web browser. 

Still have questions? Check out our FAQ page

Need immediate help?

If you are in a crisis situation and feeling suicidal or if you feel someone near you is feeling suicidal, please call the FREE Lifeline Crisis Support and Suicide Prevention service on 13 11 14. This service is available 24 hours a day.

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