Thanks to increased Medicare rebates from 1st July 2023 – Gap payments are reduced and your share of the total payment is reduced

Medicare, Fees & GP Referral

I am a Generalist Psychologist registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) registration number PSY0001579347 and I am a Member of the Australian Psychological Sociey (APS).

I have been a registered psychologist since 2008.

(I’ve also been doing volunteer phone counselling since 1981)

My qualifications include a four year Psychology degree from Edith Cowan University and a Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling from Murdoch University and training in Clinical Hypnotherapy.


In addition to general registration, I am able to supply services under Medicare (with a GP referral).

Information about Medicare referrals can be found via this link to the Department of Health and Aging.

A form for your GP to complete to assist in making a referral is available here (it is not essential, just helpful to me) and gives your GP information they will need, in particular my provider numbers.

1. Medicare sessions are not “free” they are subsidised (i.e. Medicare will only pay a small proportion of the APS recommended fee); 

2. I have been advised that GP referrals for psychological sessions under Better Access must specifically state the number of sessions to be provided. While this requirement is not new, the Department of Health had previously accepted that this requirement could be put aside.

Now, if a referral letter does not specify the number of sessions required, I am obliged to contact the referrer to seek clarification of the number of sessions to be provided.

3. The Medicare rebate is less than a third of the $300 recommended fee (although I do charge less than the APS recommended fee), i.e. you can expect to pay a “Gap fee”;

4. Psychologist’s work in a different way to GP’s so psychologist billing practices cannot be compared to those of a “Bulk Billing GP” (it’s like comparing “Apples and “Oranges”);

5. Because Psychologists only see one client an hour, Bulk Billing may only be possible under certain limited circumstances (I try to restrict Bulk-billing to those in the most dire circumstances, e.g. those living in Hostels or Domestic Violence Refuges – Concession card holders usually pay a $21.65 “Gap”);

6. Medicare does not cover couple/relationship counselling.

My times and locations: Please select this link to get a downloadable page with details of when I am usually at particular sites.


Perth (East)

My Medicare Provider Numbers (for your GP) are:

4498227F (Perth- East)       4498222Y (Huntingdale-Thornlie)