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Mental health services in Prahran

In Australia, 1 in 5 people have reported as having a mental health condition, and almost half the adult population will experience a mental health issue in their lifetime.

Left untreated, mental illness which affects the way we feel, think, and behave can lead to deeper anxiety, depression, and at its worst suicidal thoughts, and is a terrible burden on a person’s wellbeing.

Doctors are available to assess your mental health, provide ongoing care plans and referrals to mental health specialists.

Reach out, speak up and seek the confidential help you deserve by calling (03) 9510 5500 or booking online.

Get mental health help from your gp or allied health professional and improve your wellbeing

Mental health services include:


What is a mental health care plan?

A Mental Health Care Plan is a plan of treatment activities prepared by a doctor for people with any mental health disorders. It is a system that aims to help access mental healthcare by anyone eligible as well as access healthcare at a subsidised price if you have Medicare.

Who is eligible for a Mental Health Care Plan?

Any person who has been diagnosed with a mental disorder by a doctor or a GP, they are  eligible to receive a mental health care plan.

How can I obtain a mental health care plan?

In order to obtain a mental health care plan, you must first visit a GP for a potential diagnosis of your mental health issues.

If you’re concerned about your mental wellbeing, you shouldn’t delay seeking help from experts. But first, you must visit a GP who can help you find the treatments and therapies that would best work for you.

What are the benefits of a mental health care plan?

There are myriad ways a mental health care plan can help you. This includes:

  • Setting up a road map to achieve your best mental health state
  • Facilitate communication between your GP and mental healthcare providers
  • Help you access subsidised mental healthcare services
  • Keep track of your progress and monitor changes
  • Guide everyone including your doctor, mental health professionals and other allied professionals to work towards the same direction

What services can I access with a mental health care plan?

Once you obtain a mental health care plan, you’re entitled to get up to 10 individual and up to 10 group consultations with allied professionals including psychologists, occupational therapists and so on. All these services are under Medicare rebates.

Can I get Medicare rebates for all sessions at once?

No, you won’t be able to access all 10 sessions in one go. After the first 6 consultations, you need to review with your plan provider and seek another referral.

Can I access my services near my home?

Yes, you can access services closer to your home, provided they are available. The best person to consult this is your doctor as they may recommend a better specialist which might not be in your area.

How much does a mental health care plan cost?

With the plan, you’re eligible for Medicare rebates for 10 sessions. If the mental health service provider is a bulk-billing facility, then you won’t be charged.

However, if they do charge, you will have to pay the difference fee and Medicare subsidy.

Is there an expiry date for the mental health care plan?

The care plan is designed for 10 sessions for one calendar year, allowing you 10 consultations with a mental health professional.

But after the first 6 sessions, you need to get another referral for the rest of the sessions for the calendar year.

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