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Q: I saw another psychologist for a few sessions under a Medicare referral, but I'm not happy and want to see someone else. Do I need a new referral?

Not typically.

It is your decision which clinician you would like to attend for treatment and referrals are transferrable between psychologists. Once an initial MHCP is submitted to Medicare for a specific mental health condition, it is valid 'life long'. However during the treatment process you are required to return to your GP for a review (item 2712) after the recommended number of sessions they have requested you attend (Maximum 6 sessions per referral). Although you may not be required to return to your GP at this stage, it is polite to advise them of the change.

As the maximum number of sessions per calendar year is 10, it is recommended you call Medicare on 13 21 50 or write to; Medicare, Release of Information, GPO Box 9822, Sydney 2001, to confirm how many sessions have been claimed to date so that your new clinician can be notified.