UPDATES


This page is used to communicate updates and announcements including leave dates, changes to policies and procedures, and information to support the response to natural disasters etc.


01/04/21: Daniel will be on leave from 01/04/21, returning to the office on 12/04/21.


18/03/21: The temporary expansion of Medicare rebates to telehealth consultations as part of the Government’s response to COVID-19 has been extended to 30 June 2021. The Fee Schedule has been updated accordingly.


15/03/21: The Australian Government has confirmed today that Medicare funding will continue to be available for Telehealth services until at least 30 June 201.


25/02/21: Daniel’s office hours have been adjusted. Daniel will be on leave on Monday 8 March 2021.


25/02/21: Clients can now cancel / reschedule appointments through the online booking system by clicking on the link in the appointment confirmation or reminder text message / email.


28/01/21: Daniel will be on leave from the afternoon of 28/01/21, returning to the office on 08/01/21.


07/12/20: Daniel will be on leave from the afternoon of 23/12/20, returning to the office on 11/01/21.


07/12/20: The Australian Psychological Society has sought clarification from the Australian Government on the criteria required for clients to access the COVID-19 Additional Medicare Items (sessions 11-20). The original MBS fact sheet provided by the Department of Health stated that these additional sessions would be available nationally to ‘eligible people whose mental health has been adversely impacted by COVID-19’. The Department has now confirmed that there is no legislative requirement for the reviewing practitioner to make a determination that a patient is experiencing ‘severe and enduring impacts from the pandemic’ in order to access the additional items, and have updated their factsheet accordingly. Instead, the referring practitioner should make the referral based on the client’s general need for additional mental health services. The COVID-19 page and footnotes of the Fee Schedule have also been updated accordingly.


07/12/20: Office Hours for Term 1 2021 have been updated and published on the Contact page.


11/11/20: The service fee for late-cancellations will now be waived if an appointment is cancelled with reasonable notice due to illness.


27/10/20: Service fees for late-cancellation and non-attendance will now be charged to your debit / credit card. An invoice / receipt will be issued by email.


13/10/20: From 9 October 2020 to 30 June 2022, clients who have been receiving treatment under the Better Access initiative and whose mental health has been adversely impacted by COVID-19 may be eligible for an additional 10 sessions per calendar year under the Better Access Pandemic Support measure. The footnotes of the Fee Schedule have been updated accordingly.


13/10/20: The temporary expansion of Medicare benefits for Better Access sessions to video and phone consultations has been extended to 31 March 2021.


12/10/20: Invoices for late cancellation and non-attendance service fees will now be issued by email and are payable online by debit / credit card.


25/09/20: The Fee Schedule has been updated. Prices are effective from 1 October 2020.


25/09/20: The new online booking system has been launched. A page has been created to better support the integration of the Patient Portal into the administration of the private practice. Policies and procedures have been updated in relation to appointment bookings, appointment types, appointment offerings in 2021, the waiting list, and appointment changes and non-attendances. Information sheets about the different appointment types have also been updated and moved to the Appointments page.


13/09/20: A COVID-19 Safety Plan has been developed for the private practice. Stage 3 restrictions are currently in place.