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  • What is a Mental Health Care Plan?

A Mental Health Care Plan (MHCP) is a plan that your GP prescribes for you to support you in the treatment of mental health conditions, such as depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, or personality disorders.

You don’t need a diagnosis to talk to your GP about accessing the MHCP.


  • How do I get a Mental Health Care Plan?

You need to get a MHCP from a GP or a paediatrician.

You book an appointment with your doctor and state that you would like to request a Mental Health Care Plan when making the booking. When you attend your appointment, share your challenges and concerns regarding your mental health with your doctor. Tell them that you are interested in having a Mental Health Care Plan.

Your GP will assess your eligibility by asking specific questions about what has been going on and will ask you to fill out a K10 form, which is a ten-question checklist to measure if you have anxiety and depression symptoms at the moment. Together, you and your doctor will come up with goals that you would like to achieve during your therapeutic process and a copy of those will be provided to your psychologist.


  • What does a Mental Health Care Plan cover?

If you have a MHCP, you will be eligible for rebates for up to ten individual therapy sessions and ten group therapy sessions.

You will not have access to rebates for ten sessions at once. Your GP will prescribe six appointments and, after your sixth appointment, you will need to see your doctor again to review your Mental Health Care Plan and receive another referral.