Next Practice Allied Health

FEES & FUNDING

Fee Increase July 2021

At The Health Hub we pride ourselves on providing our clients with the best resources, intervention and facilities. To ensure we can continue to provide these services, we are increasing some of our fees for the first time in over 5 years.

The increased costs are a result of increases in:
*Resources and Intervention equipment
* Cleaning due to COVID19
* Insurances
* Rent
* Supplies
* Staffing costs
A Mental Health Treatment Plan (previously known as a ‘mental health care plan’) is a plan for people with a diagnosed mental health disorder. A Mental Health Treatment Plan is available to you if you have a mental health disorder diagnosed by a doctor. Visit your doctor who will assess whether you have a mental health disorder and if you will benefit from a Mental Health Treatment Plan.

Chronic Disease Management (formerly Enhanced Primary Care or EPC) Plan — GP services on the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) enable GPs to plan and coordinate the health care of patients with chronic or terminal medical conditions, including patients with these conditions who require multidisciplinary, team-based care from a GP and at least two other health or care providers.

A chronic medical condition is one that has been (or is likely to be) present for six months or longer, for example, asthma, cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, musculoskeletal conditions and stroke. There is no list of eligible conditions; however, the CDM items are designed for patients who require a structured approach, including those requiring ongoing care from a multidisciplinary team.

Whether a patient is eligible for CDM services is a clinical judgement for the GP, taking into account the patient’s medical condition and care needs, as well as the general guidance set out in the MBS.

Patients who have a chronic medical condition and complex care needs and are being managed by their GP under a GP Management Plan (item 721) and Team Care Arrangements (item 723) are eligible for Medicare rebates for certain allied health services on referral from their GP.

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) provides support to people with disability, their families and carers. It is jointly governed and funded by the Australian, and participating state and territory governments. The main component of the NDIS is individualised packages of support to eligible people with disability.

Many Private Health insurance funds provide rebates for psychology and/or counselling services, depending on whether you have an eligible policy and level of cover. Rebates are dependent on your policy. Many of our therapists are registered with various private health insurers.

Workers Compensation is a form of insurance providing wage replacement and medical benefits to employees injured in the course of employment. 
The Health Hub can offer therapy for Workcover cases.

An Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is a work-based intervention program designed to assist employees in resolving personal problems that may be adversely affecting their performance. Workplaces who have an EAP program may provide funding of therapy for employees. Employees should contact their workplace to discuss this funding option.

The Psychological Therapies Program can provide funding to cover the costs of psychological therapy for people who are socioeconomically disadvantaged and have barriers in accessing mainstream treatment options. Successful applicants  are able to access a number of defined therapy sessions delivered by an approved mental health clinician. The program delivers evidence-based, short term psychological interventions to individuals with a diagnosable mild to moderate mental illness or people who have attempted or are at risk of suicide or self-harm.

Victims assist QLD is an agency of the QLD Government Department of Justice that can provide financial assistance to victims of crime and domestic violence. Help may be available for the primary victim of an act of violence, as well as some secondary victims and witnesses such as children. Counselling services are a claimable expense that can be applied for through Victims Assist.

The Health Hub has clinicians who are registered providers of Open Arms – Veterans and Family Counselling. Open Arms–Veterans and Families Counselling (formerly VVCS) is for Australian veterans and their families, as well as some reservists and peacekeepers. To access counselling and services.

A person who is currently pregnant or who has been pregnant in the preceding 12 months, and who is concerned about that pregnancy, may claim Medicare benefits for up to three (3) non-directive pregnancy support counselling services (in total) per pregnancy.

What is non-directive counselling? This is a form of counselling based on the understanding that, in many situations, people can resolve their own problems without being provided with a solution by the counsellor. The service involves the counsellor undertaking a safe, confidential process that helps the patient explore concerns they have about a pregnancy. This includes providing unbiased, evidence-based information about all options and services available to the patient, where requested. The service can address all pregnancy-related issues for which non-directive counselling is appropriate.

Under the Medicare-funded services for People of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent initiative, Medicare rebates are available for assessment and treatment services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who have had a health assessment from their GP and  gain a referral for required follow-up from allied health services.

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