Cheree provides psychological care for people in rural and remote areas across Australia.
People living in rural and regional Australia can now obtain the Medicare rebate for up to 10 sessions per year for telehealth consults (with a GP referral) or without a referral if affected by the 2019/2020 bushfire crisis (until Dec 2021). 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.
Normal fee's apply. The Medicare rebate for psychological services via telehealth is only 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.
Therapy by video conferencing for people in non-rural areas (who do not qualify for sessions under COVID-19 provisions or under the Bush Fire Program)
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 normally allow rebates for online psychology services if you do not live in a remote/rural area. However, due to the Covid-19 health crisis - until March 2021 - all video or phone sessions no matter where you live in Australia can be eligible for a rebate if you have a referral or are eligible for better access bushfire recovery sessions.