Mental Health Treatment Plan

Medicare rebates are available for up to 10 individual psychology sessions per calendar year for patients with an assessed mental disorder who are referred by a doctor managing the patient under a GP Mental Health Treatment Plan - MHTP


Attend an appointment with your doctor to discuss your mental health. The doctor will make an assessment and may refer you to a psychologist for assistance. Advise the clinic in advance that you require a longer appointment with the doctor so there is adequate time to make the assessment.

Your doctor will write a MHTP that will be lodged with Medicare and will also send a referral letter to the treating psychologist.

Counselling Sessions

You may then attend the psychologist for up to 6 sessions.

The rebate is available from Medicare after payment for each session. At Carlton Family Medical funds are electronically deposited into your account the day after your counselling appointment. Your psychologist will communicate with your doctor when required and write a report outlining progress after completion of the initial 6 sessions or at the completion of counselling.


After the initial 6 sessions, you can attend your general practitioner for a review to discuss your progress and they may refer you for a further 4 sessions. The doctor will lodge a MHTP Review with Medicare.

Further sessions

You may then attend further sessions. Your psychologist will write to your doctor about progress after completion of the 10 sessions. You can then attend your general practitioner again to review progress.