A single 291 Medicare Based Referral enables the treating specialist to refer for additional support to Clinical Psychology and Occupational Therapy if appropriate. This enables a true multidiciplinary team without the usual barriers and excessive paperwork.
GPs may still refer directly to a Clinical Psychologist under Better Access. If your patient has already had a MHCP (item 2710) in the past, all that is required is a referral letter.
GP's may choose to refer to a Psychiatrist under item 291 or if appropriate, directly to a Clinical Psychologist using item 2710 (or just a referral letter if one has been done in the past). Note that a new MHCP is no longer required if one has been done in the past (their is no longer a 2 year expiry date) unless a patients condition has changed (e.g., from Generalise Anixety to Posttraumatic Stress Disorder from a seperate incident).
Question: Do Cygnet Psychiatrists see patients on a more ongoing basis? Answer: Absolutely. If the 291 assessment provides a solid basis for ongoing Psychiatric care in the private practice setting then we will continue to provide high quality Psychiatric services.
Question: Can I refer to directly Clinical Psychologists under a MHCP for 10 sessions if I don't need Psychiatric support? Answer: Yes. We accept more referrals directly to Clinical Psychology through Medicare than from any other referral source. Our Clinical Psychologists are highly trained and well recognised in their feild.