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Telehealth and Medicare
If you live outside of a major metropolitan area then Medicare will fully support your access to telepsych.online.
Click on the map on the right and search for your home address as registered with Medicare.
To see a psychiatrist by telehealth, the map needs to shows that you live in an area designated RA2, RA3, RA4 or RA5. You need to select "Australian Standard Geographical Classification Remoteness Areas (2006)". Appointments are generally bulk-billed.
To see a psychologist by telehealth, the map needs to show that you live in an area designated as MMM4, MMM5, MMM6 or MMM7. You need to select "Modified Monash Model (2019)". Appointments are partially funded by Medicare with a small out of pocket cost.
If you live in a major metropolitan area (RA1 on the map) you should be able to find a local psychiatrist who can see you face to face via the RANZCP 'Find a Psychiatrist' database.
Why do I need a referral?
As specialists, we work closely with your GP to get the best outcome for you. A GP understands all aspects of your health, both physical and psychological and can address any health issue you may have, including preventative health care.
You will need to visit your GP and ask for a referral to see me. GPs are sympathetic and supportive and will generally provide the referral that you need. On the right is a letter we have written that you can download, print off and take to your GP. The letter helps explain how telepsych.online works and how we will support you and your GP.
Medicare requires a referral for me to be able to bulk bill your appointment. Without a referral you would need to pay the full cost of the consultation.
Once you have a referral, you can book your initial appointment online.
What if I can't find a GP or don't have a GP?
GPs can be hard to access in some parts of Australia. We also fully realise the challenges and barriers of going to see a GP to talk about your mental health and to seek a referral to a psychiatrist or a psychologist.
You might choose to see your regular GP (if you have one), and this is the best option as your GP knows you the best. However, some people prefer to keep their mental health issues more private and choose to see a different GP for this purpose. In most cities and regional centres there are walk-in and bulk-billing general practices. The link to 'HealthEngine' below allows you to search and book appointments with a nearby GP.
A third option is to use one of the increasing number of online GP clinics that offer consultations by telehealth. We have linked to two of them below. However, as Medicare does not cover GP telehealth there is a consultation fee to use these services.
We are consultant psychiatrists and psychologists committed to improving access to high quality mental health care in rural and regional areas of Australia.