Appointments & fees

RIPPLE PSYCHOLOGY IS PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE THAT WE HAVE WELCOMED THREE NEW PSYCHOLOGISTS TO OUR TEAM! WE ARE ALSO TAKING NEW CLIENTS ONTO A SHORT WAITLIST.

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Fees and rebates

Psychology sessions are typically of one hour duration - fifty minutes face-to-face with your psychologist (who uses the remaining ten minutes for administration such as casenotes and filing).

The standard fee for a fifty-minute session is $205. The Medicare rebate (if you have a referral from a GP) is $89.65, leaving an out-of-pocket gap fee of $115.35. In cases of unemployment or significant financial hardship, a reduced gap fee may be considered - please discuss with your psychologist.

We also employ experienced intern psychologists who usually have five or six years of training, are provisionally registered with the regulatory body AHPRA, and are in their final stages of training. A mental health care plan or doctor's referral is not required to see our interns, and the cost is marginally lower than the gap fee for our more senior psychologists. The current fee per session for our intern psychologists is $100.

Fees for NDIS (National Disability Insurance Scheme) are currently $214 per session, and this fee is reviewed nationally and periodically.

Longer sessions are often preferred by some clients and are billed pro-rata at $205 per hour. A session that is pre-booked as an hour and a half for example (seventy-five minutes face-to-face) would be billed as $307.50. Please discuss this preference with your psychologist and please note that Medicare will rebate only one session payment of $89.65 per session per day, regardless of gap fee paid.

Most private health insurance funds provide rebates as well for psychological services, depending on your level of cover. Please check with your fund.

Please note that the Australian Association of Psychologists (peak body for practising psychologists) recommends a fee of $280 per hour, indexed annually. However, Ripple Psychology holds a fundamental belief in equity and accessibility, and is committed to keeping its fees reasonable and substantially more affordable than the national standard fee recommended by the APS. The standard fee at Ripple Psychology ($205) is substantially less than the recommended fee of $280. Please note that in some cases the recommended fee of $280 will be charged. These exceptions include report writing, family or criminal court work, and MHCP sessions where the client has reached the Medicare Safety Net (in which case Medicare will cover 80% of the gap, leaving an out-of-pocket expense of less than $50 for most clients).

Payments and charges

Payments by credit or debit card (eg; Mastercard, Visa, American Express) attract a transaction fee of up to 2% - a maximum of $4.10 for the standard $205 session payment. There are no transaction fees for cash payments.

Cancellation Policy

Due to the high demand for appointments, Ripple Psychology has a Cancellation Policy for short notice cancellations. If you cancel your appointment with less than 24 hours notice you may be charged:

Organisation-funded (eg: WorkCover, EAP, motor vehicle insurance etc): full fee

Private or MHCP: $100 (approximately 50% of the full fee).

National policy imposed by the NDIS requires 48 hours notice for cancellation, otherwise full fee must be charged.

If you fail to show up for your appointment without notice you will be charged the full fee. Of course Ripple Psychology is understanding of exceptional circumstances.

Banking details

We bank with Bank First, BSB 704-191 and account 246449 in the name of Oscarfinn Pty Ltd.