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Clinical psychologists work with infants, children, adolescents, adults, couples and families. They provide a range of services including clinical assessment and diagnosis, psychometric assessment, counselling and therapy.
They have specialised training in the assessment and diagnosis of mental health disorders and the assessment and treatment of a wide range of psychological problems that include social, emotional, behavioural, developmental and learning difficulties.
Clinical psychologists apply a scientist-practitioner approach, utilising psychological interventions that have demonstrated effectiveness in treating the particular difficulties that a child or young person is presenting with. They do not prescribe medication. Moreover, they apply psychological theory and scientific research to resolve clinical problems across the lifespan.
Clinical Psychologists work with a wide range of issues including significant anxiety and depression, eating disorders, sleep disorders, developmental disorders (e.g., Autism), trauma, pain management, drug abuse and addiction. In practice, most clinical psychologists develop expertise within specific age groups and within specific areas of clinical interest.
Clinical Child Psychologists usually have additional training and/or significant experience in working with infants, children and adolescents. They have expert knowledge in typical child development and have knowledge of social, emotional and behavioural difficulties that can emerge at each age and stage.
MCPC Child Clinical Psychologists have knowledge of the most recent developments in infant, child and adolescent psychology and are committed to scientifically-informed, innovative, and up to date treatment approaches.
Tell your child about the appointment before you attend and explain the reason for the visit, using word’s your child can understand.
Bringing an object may help to increase your child’s sense of safety and security. For babies, this may include a comfort toy or blanket. For preschoolers, this may include a favourite toy or book. If your child is likely to be hungry, bringing a snack and/or drink may be helpful.
Let them know that no one else needs to know they are seeing a psychologist unless they choose to let them know.
Please contact the clinic for information about individual practitioner fees.
Most psychological services are eligible for a Medicare rebate between $89.65 and $131.65 per session under the Better Access to Mental Health Care Scheme. This rebate applies to services that have been referred for by your GP whereby they have assessed that there is a significant mental health difficulty and where there is a Mental Health Care Plan in place.
When referred under the Better Access to Mental Health Care scheme, Medicare eligible services are limited to 10 individual sessions per client, per calendar year, with a review by the referring practitioner required after the initial 6 sessions. a GP review letter must be provided to your practitioner on, or before, your 7th session to continue to receive Medicare eligible receipts.
Please click here (https://www.psychology.org.au/for-the-public/Medicare-rebates-psychological-services) for further information.
Paediatricians and Psychiatrists can refer to psychologists for Medicare eligible services. A Mental Health Care Plan is not required; however, you do require a referral letter.
Medicare rebates can be claimed on the spot vai our HICAPS electronic claims system.
Unfortunately, you cannot claim a rebate for sessions where the person identified on the plan is not present. This is strictly against Medicare guidelines.
Private Health Insurance
Most private health insurers offer a rebate for psychological services. Contact your insurer for further information. You can instantly claim your private health fund rebates at Melbourne Children’s Psychology Clinic via our HICAPS electronic claims system. You do not need to pay the full fee; you only need to pay the ‘gap’ between the rebate and the full fee.
Reduced rates are available for families with Health Care Cards for appointments scheduled in business hours (between 9-5 Mon to Fri). Please bring your health care card with you to your first appointment.
You may be eligible to receive further reductions once your safety net threshold has been reached.
At MCPC we do our best to remind patients of their appointments via email. This is a courtesy service and it is still your responsibility to remember your appointment. This time has been set aside for you and missed appointments or late cancellations means that we are unable to offer this appointment time to another family.
Missed appointments and late cancellations are subject to a cancellation fee.
Your MCPC psychologist makes every effort to support you however we are not a crisis service. If you require urgent support, please contact:
Additional supports include: