Access treatment with one of our expert psychiatrists

Psychiatrists provide specialist diagnosis and treatment for a range of mental health concerns. Psychiatrists are medical doctors with an in-depth understanding of both physical and mental health. Psychiatrists have a minimum of 10 years of training, which includes a medical degree and extensive specialist experience. Psychiatrists can prescribe medication, including a range of psychiatric medications to manage mental and behavioural concerns.

As part of their work, psychiatrists provide both urgent care for mental health crises and ongoing care to help people manage their mental health condition long term. A psychiatrist can work with you individually, or with you and your partner, family or carers. Psychiatrists often provide second opinions and advice to other doctors and health professionals. They are also able to refer you to other health professionals and arrange admission to the hospital if required.

It may be particularly beneficial to seek help from a psychiatrist if your mental health condition is complex or difficult to diagnose, severe or happens suddenly, involves risk of harm to yourself or others, requires medication or isn’t improving with standard treatment through your GP.

Common reasons why someone might see a psychiatrist include:

  • Problems adjusting after major life stressors
  • Excessive anxiety, worry or fear
  • Depressed or low mood that doesn’t go away
  • Constant negative or obsessive thoughts
  • Thoughts of suicide or hurting other people
  • Self-harm, emotional outbursts or other risky behaviour
  • Addictive behaviours, including drug and alcohol use and gambling
  • Agitation, feeling on edge or unable to wind down
  • Hyperactivity, poor concentration and attention
  • Sleep disturbance
  • Eating and body image concerns
  • Seeing or hearing things that aren’t really there (hallucinations) or fixed beliefs with no basis in reality (delusions)
Whatever your reason for seeking help, your psychiatrist at Epsychiatry will work closely with you and your care team to develop a management plan for your treatment and recovery.

Medicare, bulk billing, and gap charges explained

All psychiatrists at Epsychiatry work as private practitioners. Like other medical specialists, private psychiatrists set their own fees. At Epsychiatry, we provide both bulk-billed psychiatry appointments and ‘gap-fee’ or out of pocket appointments.

Medicare allocates the rebate amount that the Australian Government is willing to pay for psychiatrist services. For bulk-billed sessions, the psychiatrist charges the full amount to Medicare and there is no cost to the patient. For gap-fee appointments, the service fee is greater than the Medicare rebate and the patient must cover the difference or ‘gap’.

Some psychiatrists bulk-bill certain groups of patients, like low-income earners and pension cardholders. It is worth discussing the billing options available to you prior to proceeding with treatment. Regardless of whether the consultation is bulk-billed or gap charged, Medicare-funded psychiatrist sessions significantly reduce the cost of accessing private specialist mental health care.

Our Epsychiatry admin team will discuss fees, if applicable, when organising your first appointment and send you an email with further confirmation. We also encourage you to give us a call or leave a message via our web enquiry form if you have any questions about fees, billing or Medicare.

All psychiatrists at Epsychiatry work as private practitioners. Like other medical specialists, private psychiatrists set their own fees. At Epsychiatry, we provide both bulk-billed psychiatry appointments and ‘gap-fee’ or out of pocket appointments.

Medicare allocates the rebate amount that the Australian Government is willing to pay for psychiatrist services. For bulk-billed sessions, the psychiatrist charges the full amount to Medicare and there is no cost to the patient. For gap-fee appointments, the service fee is greater than the Medicare rebate and the patient must cover the difference or ‘gap’.

Some psychiatrists bulk-bill certain groups of patients, like low-income earners and pension cardholders. It is worth discussing the billing options available to you prior to proceeding with treatment. Regardless of whether the consultation is bulk-billed or gap charged, Medicare-funded psychiatrist sessions significantly reduce the cost of accessing private specialist mental health care.

Our Epsychiatry admin team will discuss fees, if applicable, when organising your first appointment and send you an email with further confirmation. We also encourage you to give us a call or leave a message via our web enquiry form if you have any questions about fees, billing or Medicare.

Medicare rebates for psychiatrist appointments

At Epsychiatry we provide you with a detailed email covering fees and Medicare rebates prior to your first appointment. You can also speak to our friendly staff for any clarification around billing, payment and fees.

The Medicare rebate for a psychiatrist consultation depends on 1) whether it’s the first or an ongoing appointment, and 2) the length of the appointment. As a rough guide, the Medicare rebate for a 30 and 45-minute psychiatrist consultation is $116.70 and $161.00, respectively. 

Depending on whether the session is bulk billed (the full amount is charged to Medicare) or gap charged (the service fee is greater than the Medicare rebate), you may incur an out of the pocket expense. For example, if your psychiatrist charges $200 for a 30-minute consultation, Medicare will pay the standard rebate amount ($116.70) and you will need to pay the difference ($83.30).

Additional fees may also be incurred for late cancellation. Your psychiatrist’s cancellation policy will be discussed with you prior to your appointment and detailed in the email correspondence we send you. It is imperative you inform us if you can not attend an appointment, as there is a high demand for the service.

Bulk billing psychiatrists near me

At Epsychiatry, we believe in the use of telehealth technology to improve access to specialist mental health care across Australia. We recognise that geographic location can be a major barrier to people seeking professional help for their mental health concerns.

In some cases, we can offer bulk billing services for people in regional and remote locations. This means Medicare will cover the full cost of the service and you incur no out of the pocket expense. In other cases, you may be eligible for a greater Medicare rebate if you live in select rural and remote areas of Australia. Whilst there may still be an out of pocket expense, the greater rebate further reduces the cost of psychiatrist services and makes ongoing psychiatric care more affordable. 

To check whether your home location is classified as ‘regional’ or ‘remote’, please refer to our page on eligibility. Call our friendly staff or send us an online enquiry to check whether you are eligible for the rural/remote Medicare rebate and/or bulk-billing options. Be sure to discuss this with our staff prior to your first appointment. 

How to access Medicare rebates for psychiatrist services

If you are registered with Medicare, you are eligible to receive rebates on private psychiatrist appointments, including those via telepsychiatry. For appointments with our Epsychiatry psychiatrists, you will receive a Medicare rebate for part or all of the consultation fee.

To help us process your rebate with Medicare, our Epsychiatry admin team will need your Medicare card details (card number and expiry date) and a valid referral from your GP to see a psychiatrist. You or your GP clinic can fax or email your referral to our team. 

Following your psychiatrist consultation, you will either be bulk billed or charged a fee and reimbursed the Medicare rebate amount. For fee-paying clients, we will send you the necessary documentation to make a claim through Medicare. You can submit a Medicare claim in person, via post, or online using the myGov or Express Plus Medicare apps.

We encourage you to call our staff to discuss any queries or concerns about fees and Medicare rebates. 

Private health insurance and psychiatrist services

When you see a psychiatrist at Epsychiatry, you are seeing a private medical specialist in an outpatient setting. Private health insurance does not currently cover outpatient consultations with a psychiatrist, however, Medicare will fund the full or partial amount. Depending on your level of cover, private health insurance may cover you for hospital or inpatient admissions.

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