What is the difference between a Psychiatrist and a Psychologist?

Psychologists and Psychiatrists both work with people experiencing anxiety, depression, stress or some other form of mental illness.

A Psychiatrist is a Medical doctor with a medical degree. Psychiatrists can prescribe medication, refer a patient for investigations, and  refer a patient to other specialists or health care providers.

Psychologists also have University degrees, but are not medical doctors, so cannot prescribe medication.

Psychologists and Psychiatrists often work together as part of a team.

Do I need a referral?

Yes. You need a referral from your GP  if you want to receive your medicare rebate or DVA rebate.

Please also bring your Medicare/ DVA card to the appointment.

I am a student with OSHC. Can I see a Specialist under my insurance?

You will have to check with your Insurance provider if they cover you for specialist consultations. Most insurers cover you for the equivalent of medicare rebate and you pay the Gap fees.

How much will it cost me?

“Gap” fee will vary from $50-$150 for the consultation .

Full fees (including Medicare component) are payable at the time of appointment by EFTPOS, Credit Card or cash, and instant online Medicare rebating of the fee except the “gap” is available at the clinic. We use HICAPS easyclaim and with this service,  when we run your card through our EFTPOS machine, your Medicare rebate will be automatically credited back into your nominated account virtually instantaneously provided Medicare has your bank details.