What is a mental health care plan in Australia?

What is a mental health care plan in Australia?

There is too much fluff around this topic and we wanted to simplify what exactly this resource is and how to use it.

A Mental Health Treatment Plan is a plan for people with a mental health disorder - this DOES NOT mean you need to be diagnosed with chronic depression or on the verge of a break down.

If you're feeling like you're not quite yourself lately and think you might benefit from talking to someone, your doctor/any GP can write you a treatment plan.

With this, you will be entitled to Medicare rebates for up to 10 individual psychological appointments (and other allied mental health services) each year. That's a $89.65 rebate back on seeing a psychologist - which depending on where you go is about half of the total cost (+ you have no obligations to actually go, or fulfil all 10 sessions).

How do I get a Mental Health Treatment Plan?

Visit your doctor who will assess whether you have a mental health disorder and will benefit from a Mental Health Treatment Plan. Your doctor will ask a few questions, fill in the plan and you will set goals together.

The plan identifies what type of health care you need and spells out what you and your doctor have agreed you are aiming to achieve. It may also refer you to local mental health services.

What do I do now?

Use the Health Direct 'Find A Practitioner' to find a GP near you if you don't have one already. Let them know why you are visiting, and once you are there they will point you through the entire process.

You can work with your doctor to find a psychologist or relevant health worker, but we recommend jumping on the old Google and doing research yourself. You'll find different psychologists have different things they specialise in, they have reviews to check out, and you should be able to find someone that fits your vibe. 

& thats just about all you need to know to take your first step towards a happier you.

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