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In an effort to support people’s mental health during the coronavirus pandemic, the Australian Government has announced an increase to its existing Medicare subsidised psychological therapy sessions.
From 7 August 2020 until 31 March 2021, people will be able to access up to 20 therapy sessions, instead of the usual 10. These sessions will be available for those affected by further restrictions due to the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic.
The sessions will be part of a Mental Health Treatment Plan. You will need to have your plan reviewed by your GP to access the extra 10 sessions with your psychologist, psychiatrist, or other eligible allied health worker.
The Australian Government recognises the mental health impacts of the coronavirus pandemic and have said that supporting people with their mental health is a top priority.