Privately funded counselling is when the individual, or agreed third party (eg. Family member), pays for the sessions.
Counselling sessions can be subsidised in a number of ways:
- Private Health Insurance Rebates (rates are dependent on your specific policy, so please call your insurer for more details)
- Mental Health Treatment Plan (MHTP), which can be prescribed by one or any of the following medical professionals:
- a medical practitioner, either as part of a GP Mental Health Treatment Plan, or as part of a shared care plan or as part of a psychiatrist assessment and management plan; or
- a specialist or consultant physician specialising in the practice of their field of psychiatry; or
- a specialist or consultant physician specialising in the practice of their field of paediatrics.
Every individual with a valid Medicare card is entitled to 10 sessions per calendar year. In August 2020, Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt has announced a further 10 sessions to be provided to Victorians, totalling up to 20 Medicare-subsidised sessions per individual.
- Professional Development and Training (PDT). This is reimbursed through your End-of-Financial-Year income tax declaration of expenses.