A mental health care plan is a plan for people with a mental health disorder. If you have mental health issues, your doctor can write out this plan.
It identifies what type of health care you need, and spells out what you and your doctor have agreed you are aiming to achieve. It also may refer you to local mental health services.
If you have a mental health care plan, you will be entitled to Medicare rebates for up to 10 individual and 10 group appointments with some allied mental health services in a year.
That means certain psychologists, occupational therapists and social workers, you are also entitled to Medicare rebates for 10 individual and support group sessions in a year.
Your GP can give you a referral to allied mental health services in your area.
Medicare rebates only allow 6 out of the 10 sessions, and you will need to go back and see your GP for a mental health plan review after one month for another referral to access the other 4 sessions.