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Mental Health Care Plans

A Mental Health Care Plan (MHCP) is a referral provided by a GP to support patients to access mental health support. With a MHCP, patients can access up to 20 Medicare-subsidised psychology sessions per calendar year.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE?

Your GP can determine if you are eligible for a Mental Health Care Plan. 
 
Eligible patients can receive a MHCP once every 12 months, which entitles them to up to 20 Medicare-subsidised psychology sessions. 

After the first 6 sessions, the patient must book an appointment with their GP for review, before any additional sessions can be accessed. Due to COVID-19, Medicare has enabled patients to access an additional 10 sessions. A GP review is required after the 10th psychology appointment. 

HOW DO I GET ONE?

To obtain a MHCP you need to make a 'Mental Health - Initial Consultation' appointment with your usual GP.

To ensure continuity of care, it is important that you continue to visit your usual GP for your initial MHCP and any reviews of your MHCP.