Fees and Rebates

Fees

The ASD Clinic is a private clinic and fees for services apply. The current fee schedule is listed below. Please contact reception for details about fees for other services, such as presentations and school visits.

All consultations are 50 minutes long unless other arrangements are made with the Psychologist.

Richard Eisenmajer

  • Consultation $275
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder Assessment (inc. report) $1100

Natasha Eisenmajer

  • Consultation $190

Laura Addabbo

  • Consultation $190

Cate Fidler

  • Consultation $190
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder Assessment (inc. report) $850

Warren Gibson

  • Consultation $210

Geoff Martin

  • Consultation $230
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder Assessment (inc. report) $990

Sally Rigley

  • Consultation $190
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder Assessment (inc. report) $850

Cancellations

The ASD Clinic Psychologists understand that from time to time appointment times need to be changed or cancelled. We send courtesy SMS reminders a few days prior to appointments, however we still expect clients to remember their appointments and arrive on time. Please email reception at reception@theasdclinic.com.au or call the clinic on 8851 3600 to reschedule or cancel your appointment if you are unable to attend. We require at least 24 hours notice in order to offer appointments to other clients on the waiting list. Missed appointments and late cancellations (less than 24 hours notice) will be subject to a cancellation fee of 50% of the usual schedule fee. This charge cannot be claimed through Medicare or your own Private Health fund.

Medicare Rebates for Psychology Services

Some psychological therapy and assessment services are eligible for partial rebates from Medicare. An overview of the requirements for eligibility is provided below with web links for further information.

We are able to process your Medicare claim through our EasyClaim facility. You will need to pay the full amount of the consultation fee and we will then lodge your claim and deposit the rebate into your cheque or savings account. Please bring your Medicare card and a debit card with you in order to process your claim.

Clients must determine whether they are going to claim their consultation/assessment fees through either one of the Medicare programs or their Private Health fund. Please note that Private Health funds vary widely in the amount of rebate that can be claimed and you should contact your insurer about this. You are unable to use Medicare and your Private Health insurance for the same consultation.

 

Mental Health Care Plan (Better Access Initiative)

This plan must be obtained through a General Practitioner (GP), Paediatrician, or Psychiatrist. We would appreciate that this paperwork is forwarded by post, email (reception@theasdclinic.com.au), or fax (03 9857 0975) prior to your first consultation to assist with the administration of your billing.

The plan allows you to claim a rebate for up to 10 sessions in a calendar year. A review by the referring GP, Paediatrician, or Psychiatrist is required after the first 6 sessions.

The Medicare rebate per 50 minute consultation with a Clinical Psychologist is $124.50, and a Generalist Psychologist is $84.80.

PLEASE NOTE: The Mental Health Care Plan does not cover the assessment of Autism Spectrum Disorders. The plan also does not cover specific counselling of Autism (as ASD is not defined as a mental health disorder), but it does cover frequently observed mental health issues in our clients such as Anxiety, Depression, and sleep problems.

The Medicare Safety Net is designed to protect high users of health services from large out-of-pocket expenses. More information can be found on the Medicare website.

Medicare rebates for Autism and Pervasive Developmental Disorders (PDD) (Helping Children with Autism package)

A number of services specific to children with Autism or other Pervasive Developmental Disorders (PDDs) are eligible for Medicare rebates if they are provided as part of a Diagnosis and/or Treatment Plan established by a Paediatrician or Psychiatrist.

PDD Assessment Plan for Diagnostic Assessment

Psychologists, Speech Pathologists, and Occupational Therapists can provide a total of four services per child to collaborate with a Paediatrician or Psychiatrist on the assessment and diagnosis of Autism and PDDs. The child must be under 13 years old and have been referred by a Paediatrician who has provided any MBS service covering items 110 through to 131, or a Psychiatrist who has provided any MBS service covering items 296 through to 370 (except item 359). At The ASD Clinic this item covers the child’s diagnostic assessment session with a Psychologist – the rebate for this session is $84.80.

PDD Treatment Plan

Psychologists, Speech Pathologists and Occupational Therapists can provide intervention services following diagnosis of Autism or any other PDD. The child must be under 15 years old, and must have been under 13 years at the time the PDD Treatment plan was prepared. This plan can be prepared by a Paediatrician (MBS item 135) or a Psychiatrist (MBS item 289). Twenty services in total may be eligible for the Medicare rebate - any combination of Psychology, Speech or Occupational Therapy. The rebate at our clinic is $84.80 per session.

If you would like more information about these Medicare services Amaze has prepared a useful client information sheet – click here to be taken to their website.

Private Health Insurance rebates

Some psychological therapy services may be eligible for rebates through your Private Health Insurance extras cover. Please contact your insurance provider to confirm your eligibility for rebates. Upon payment of your fees The ASD Clinic will provide you with a receipt that you can submit to your health insurer for a rebate.

Clients must determine whether they are going to claim their consultation/assessment fees through either one of the Medicare programs or their Private Health fund. Please note that Private Health funds vary widely in the amount of rebate that can be claimed and you should contact your insurer about this. You are unable to use Medicare and your Private Health insurance for the same consultation.

FaHCSIA Funding for Early Intervention Services

The department of Families, Housing, Community Services, and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA) provides funds for children diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder to access early intervention services. The package includes $12,000 of early intervention therapy and services for children with an ASD until their 7th birthday. Richard Eisenmajer, Sally Rigley, Cate Fidler, and Emma Forward are FaHCSIA registered Early Intervention Service Providers.

If your child is under 6 years old and has a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder you can apply for FaHCSIA funding by contacting the Autism Advisor Team at Amaze. More information can be found at http://www.amaze.org.au/ or by contacting the Autism Advisor Team on 1300 424 499.

Unfortunately some of our clients have attended a session at our clinic for either counselling or an assessment under the impression that their referral was valid for a Medicare rebate. When you visit your Health Professional please be very clear what you are seeking (see above) and ask them to write a referral letter stating exactly what type of Psychological service is required and to quote the item number so that we are able to bill you accordingly.

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