Cheree provides psychological care for people in rural and remote areas.
People living in rural and regional Australia can now bulk bill up to 10 sessions per year for telehealth consults under Medicare (with a GP referral). This enables people in rural/remote areas to access a psychologist from the comfort of own homes over the internet using Skype or their web-cam.
The rebate for psychological services via telehealth is available for people living in Modified Monash Model (MMM) regions 4 to 7, which cover smaller country towns and remote locations. People living in Lithgow (which is MMM region 4) qualify.
You can check your MMM classification of your location here to see if you live in MMM regions 4 to 7, thereby qualifying for the rural telehealth rebate.
∗From 1st September 2018, it is no longer a requirement that one of the first 4 sessions needs to be face to face.
Therapy by video conferencing for people in non-rural areas
No matter who you are or where you live, you can access psychological services with an internet connection and a webcam.
Online video conferencing uses the internet to establish a private video conference between Cheree and the client. In a typical online session, Cheree will usually be in her office, connected to the internet via a computer and webcam using Skype. Online therapy (telehealth) is especially convenient because as the client, you can be located anywhere, at any location within Australia.
Medicare does not currently provide rebates for online psychology services if you do not live in a remote/rural area. If you would like a skype session or a session by telehealth a doctor’s referral is not necessary and payment of fees must be made in full prior to the beginning of the session. Most major credit/debit cards will be accepted over the phone or at the beginning of the session.