Pricing & Payment

Psychology Consultation Fees*

The Australian Psychological Association (APA) recommended rate for General Psychology in 2019 – 2020 is $364 for an 80-minute initial session and $251 for a 50-minute psychology session. To support accessibility to mental health services Dune Health and Wellbeing charges less than the recommended APA rates.

Initial consultation

The initial consultation is 80-minutes long. A longer session is required to do an initial assessment and determine the best course of therapy for your specific needs. A fee of $220 can be paid by cash, debit or credit card.

When booking for an initial consultation after 5pm (Evening) or weekends (Saturday) an additional $20 Administration Fee is charged. Evening and weekend appointments must be paid in full (minus any relevant rebates) at the time of appointment booking. This can all be done online by clicking here.

Subsequent consultations

A subsequent consultation is a 50-minute therapy appointment at a fee of $190 which can be paid by cash, debit or credit card.

We also offer 30-minute therapy appointments at a fee of $110 which can be paid by cash, debit or credit card.

When booking for a subsequent consultation after 5pm (Evening) and weekends (Saturday) an additional $20 Administration Fee is charged. Evening and weekend appointments must be paid in full (minus any relevant rebates) at the time appointment booking. This can all be done online by clicking here.

Booking Deposit

A non-refundable deposit is required at the time of booking an initial or subsequent appointment. Appointments and deposits can be made online by clicking here. The balance of your fee (minus any relevant rebates) is to be paid after your appointment. This can also be done online as well as with our Practice Manager during typical office hours.

Medicare

Under the Medicare ‘Better Access to Mental Health’ scheme, clients with a diagnosable mental health condition can obtain a rebate of $87.45 for each session. This rebate is for up to 10 therapy sessions in each calendar year*. To be eligible to receive the rebate you must visit your GP, Psychiatrist or Paediatrician and obtain a referral for psychological services under a Mental Health Care Plan as part of your overall treatment plan.

*In response to COVID-19, Medicare rebates are available for up to 10 additional individual mental health sessions (20 Medicare subsidised sessions in total). This quota may be claimed in each calendar year from 9 October 2020 to 30 June 2022, with a maximum of 20 individual Better Access sessions available each year.

Private Health Funds

You may also choose to attend privately without a referral or Mental Health Plan. In this case, most private health funds provide rebates for psychological services depending upon your level of cover. Please check with your Health Fund about cover for psychology prior to your appointment. Private Health Fund rebates can be processed with our Practice Manager during typical office hours and HICAPS Go for online processing. You will need to download the HICAPS Go app for online claiming.

Worker’s Compensation and Motor Vehicle CTP Insurance

If you have a claim number and prior approval from your insurer your fees will be covered by your insurer. In the event that your claim is declined, you will be responsible for payment of your sessions.

Psychological Assessment and Reporting

The cost of psychometric assessment varies depending on the time required for assessment and report preparation. Assessments usually require:

  1. An initial consultation of 80 minutes at a cost of $220 is required to assess the concerns to be assessed and the psychometric tests needed for reporting.

  2. Interviews with relevant sources (e.g., teachers, employers, caregivers). Such interviews are usually 30 minutes each (but may sometimes be longer). Our subsequent consultation fee of $190 applies on an hourly basis (i.e., two interviews with relevant sources can be conducted within an hour).

  3. Comprehensive assessments (i.e., WAIS, WISC, WIAT, WMS etc.) usually require 2 to 3 hours of testing onsite. A fee of $150 is charged per hour.

  4. Assessment interpretation can take up to 2 hours for each assessment. A flat fee of $150 is charged per hour of assessment.

  5. Most reports produced by our team are 1-2 pages in length and no additional fee is charged for this length of report. If a longer report is required a $50 fee applies for each additional page.

  6. Clients are invited to attend a feedback session of 30 minutes to review the findings of the report and discuss recommendations. This can be done over the phone/Zoom. No additional fee is charged for this final session.

As an example**, testing using the WISC and WIAT for a child assessment could cost:

  • $220 for initial 80 minute consultation

  • $190 for two 30 minute interviews with a teacher and another caregiver

  • $300 for 2 hours of WISC testing and $300 for 2 hours of WIAT testing

  • $300 for assessment interpretation

  • No cost for a 1-2 page report writing

  • No cost for 30 minute review appointment

Other assessments (e.g., university, vocational, immigration, court, NDIS reviews and other reports) are charged at our initial consultation rate of $220 for an 80 minute appointment and $190 for subsequent consultations. Reports for these assessments cost $50 per page. Contact us to inquire or to book.

Fees for an initial assessment consultation ($220) and a 2-hour testing session ($300) can be paid in full at the time of booking.

GST is included in all assessment fees.

National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)

The NDIS provides support to eligible people with intellectual, physical, sensory, cognitive and psychosocial disability. Early intervention supports can also be provided for eligible people with disability or children with developmental delay.

To access NDIS services and become a participant you must:

  • Be an Australian citizen, or hold a permanent visa or a Protected Special Category visa,

  • Reside in Australia

  • Be aged less than 65 years old when initially entering NDIS

  • Have a permanent disability that significantly impacts your ability to participate in everyday activities

To check if you are eligible click here or go to www.ndis.gov.au/applying-access-ndis/am-i-eligible

If you meet the criteria and you would like to become an NDIS participant, call 1800 800 110 and ask to make an Access Request.

Cancellation

· Last minute cancellations of less than 24 hours’ notice attract a full fee. If there are exceptional circumstances that lead to an unexpected cancellation, please contact the practice.

· 24 hours – 48 hours’ notice 50% of the full fee is charged. If there are exceptional circumstances that lead to an unexpected cancellation, please contact the practice.

· A cancellation fee will not be charged if you provide more than 48 hours’ notice when cancelling or changing an appointment.

*All fees and rebates are subject to change.

**This is only an example and not a final indicative of all or final cost. Contact us to discuss your assessment and reporting needs.