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    Default Criteria for mental health plan?

    This is hard for me to admit because I've always been a very "together" person, but I am experiencing a lot of anxiety at the moment. It's probably isn't completely unexpected given some massive changes in my life recently (leaving my well-paying job, buying a house and relocating interstate, DH starting to work FIFO) but it's getting a bit out of control now. It's to the point where I know things that are triggering it are silly but it still happens anyway, and it is affecting my day to day life.

    What criteria do you need to meet to get a medicare mental health plan?

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    My understanding is that you go to your GP. They will do an assessment and make a referral to a psychologist. The cost of which is only the gap.

    I'm sorry to hear you're struggling. I hope you can get to see someone soon.

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    We got done 2 weeks ago.
    We asked the go for one. Bulk billed. So no cost.
    Than she had a list of people who will bulk bill us and a list people that don't. Than we chatted about the options and chose the best one for dd2.
    They bulk bill so again no cost.

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    No criteria other than the gp and you want agree it's a good idea

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    I went to my gp and she had a test where she asked questions about anxiety and depression which then gave her a score on a scale. She then did a referral to a psychologist and gave me my plan which allows me 6 free sessions. Sorry to hear you are having a rough time

    You can find the test on the beyond blue website I believe. Also I'm not sure if It's the same for every work place but my Dh and mum both get 5 free psychologist sessions for each issue for themselves and immediate family so might be worth looking into?

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    Dd referral was for anxiety.

    Mega hugs. I hope you can get into someone.

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    Oh and I don't believe there is so much a criteria rather you just tell your gp what is going on and how bad it is then ask for the plan.

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    There really isn't a criteria. Just go to your gp. Talk about it with them. Even research who you'd like to see and they will complete the paperwork for you. It's really easy.
    Sorry to hear you're struggling right now. I sympathize. Hugs.

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    Thanks everyone! I really appreciate your answers and good wishes xx

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