The Australian Association of Social Workers recommended hourly fee for Social Workers is currently set at $240 per hourly consult (January 2016).
My standard fees are $150 per 50+ minute consultation.
Better Access to Mental Health Care Plan Initiative
Accredited Mental Health Social Workers (AMHSW) are registered providers with Medicare Australia. Like other allied health professionals, such as psychologists, AMHSW’s use a range of focussed psychological strategies as interventions in helping people with mental health disorders.
Clients who are referred by their GP under a Mental Health Care Plan can access Medicare rebates for 6 (+4), equaling 10, individual sessions per calendar year. Due to Covid-19 the government recently increased the allowable sessions by a further 10, to 20 sessions per calendar year. This provides access to receiving Medicare Benefits that can lower the cost of therapy.
On the basis of a standard fee of $150 (50+ minutes), and a rebate of $77.10, the out of pocket amount is: $72.90
It is good practice for clients to pay something towards their therapy as it assists them to value the service they are receiving.
I allocate a couple of spaces to those less able to pay.
Face to face, Online (Zoom/ Skype), or phone.
Limited health fund rebates are available through the following Health Funds:
Teachers Health, UniHealth & Nurses, and Nurses and Midwives Health
More than 48 hours notice : No penalty
Less than 48 hours notice: Full fee charged.