At this point in time, appointments will run as usual, Telehealth appointments with either phone or video are available.
The Federal Government as part of the 2022 budget, have approved 20 sessions under MHTP for people affected by Covid-19.
This allows your GP to refer you to up to 20 Better Access Initiative sessions per year under the Mental Health Treatment Plan (MHTP). For those who have used up your first allotment of 10 sessions, check with your GP to see if you are eligible.
The WA Government has declared that the State of Emergency ends on Friday 4th Nov 2022. As such, the mandate to wear a mask for health services such as therapy are over and you are free to wear or not wear a mask for Face to Face therapy.
Our therapists will make a personal choice about whether they will wear a mask by default or not. You are encouraged to request the therapist you see wear a mask for your sessions if you prefer and we will comply with your request. You may need to prompt them prior to each session as you are likely to be the exception and not the rule.
Telehealth (phone or video)
At this point (as of 13 March 2020), Telehealth sessions are avialable upon request if you have a smart phone or a laptop and some headphone with a microphone, you can switch to Telehealth video counselling. These sessions will be bulk billed if you have a health care card.
If you already have a preference to switch to Telehealth Video Conferencing Therapy, please advise us and we will organise a transition.
Email Direct: jdtherapy (at) jomida.com
Bassendean Total Health Care
Counselling for ages 12 to adult
Days: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday – 8:30 am to 5 pm (last appointment at 4 pm)
Saturday – 8:30 am to 12 pm (last appointment 11 am)
Address: 15 Old Perth Road, Bassendean, WA, 6054
Appointments: 08 9279 1805
Fax: 08 9279 3943
Counselling for youth only (12 to 25 years old), MHTP only
Days: Monday, Tuesday from 9 am (last appointment at 4 pm)
Address: Unit 7, 64 Morrison Road, Midland, Western Australia 6056
Phone: 08 9274 8860
Fax: 08 9274 8859
How to make referals:
GP or Psychiatrist Referral
Please enclosed a cover letter that includes a brief description of your patient and a Mental Health Treatment Plan (MHTP). Please indicate if you are referring under Better Access.
Medicare’s Better Access Inititative Fact Sheet for Clients
Medicare makes it clear that their session limit is from 1 January to 31 December, thus on the 1st of January each year, the number of sessions a client has resets. This can be confusing as a referral from a GP or Psychiatrist can last for up to 12 months. The important section here is “up to”. A GP/Psychiatrist can write a new referral within 12 months if the sessions have been used and it is a new year.
“In a calendar year, patients can receive psychological therapy and/or FPS services up to the limit of: 10 individual services & 10 group services.
A calendar year is from 1 January to 31 December. “
* Keeping in mind the current expansino to up to 20 sessions with GP approval for 2022[Link to further information]
Self Referral and NDIS
You can self refer by calling us above via Bassendean Total Health Care for Bassendean area clients, or coming to visit our friendly staff and requesting an appointment.
We highly recommend that if you are eligible for Better Access to gain a Medicare Rebates, that you see your doctor and ask for a referral on the above GP referral above. Without a GP referral and MHTP for Better Access, you can book, you just won’t be eligible to Medicare Rebates.
If you have NDIS and are self managed, we can bill NDIS on your behalf if your management plan and funding includes mental health therapy, social and or behaviour therapy.