NEWS AND UPDATES
CHANGE TO MEDICARE
BETTER ACCESS SCHEME
The Medicare Better Access Scheme provides rebates to eligible people so they can access the mental health support that they need.
The scheme provides eligible people with:
- 10 individual sessions, and
- 10 group sessions
per calendar year.
As part of the Federal Government's COVID response, changes were made to provide an additional 10 sessions (a total of 20) per year for eligible people.
The Government recently sought a review of the additional sessions and whether it was effective. Whilst the independent review recommended keeping the additional 10 sessions, it was also acknowledged that vulnerable groups in our communities still had barriers to accessing mental health services.
The Government has determined not to continue with the additional 10 sessions from 1 January 2023. They will be reviewing mental health resourcing in the new year, including implementation of the review's recommendations.
What does this mean for current clients on the extra 10 plan? Your plan is still valid into 2023. However, the number of individual sessions that can be claimed for the 2023 calendar year is 10.
We appreciate that this news may raise questions for you, including how to plan for future sessions. Please contact our reception team with any questions and your psychologist will work with you to adjust intervention and support in line with your goals.
Happy Minds is located at 71A Frasers Road. We have enjoyed a great relationship with the owners of the property since moving here in 2017.
The owners of the property (including both the commercial and residential buildings) have decided to place it for sale. You may notice a For Sale sign on the corner.
We have consulted with the agents on maintaining client confidentiality, limiting access to our premises, and minimising any disruptions to day-to-day business.
We will continue with business as usual and can confirm our lease agreement will extend (at least) until late 2024.
Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns about the process.