Rebate for online psychologist consultations

Rural Australians will be able to claim a Medicare rebate for online videoconferencing consultations with psychologists.

“The number of people with mental health ... and high psychological distress is roughly the same, regardless of where people live in Australia”, said Australian Psychological Society president Anthony Cichello in welcoming the announcement. “But people living in [the] regions have far greater difficulty accessing effective psychological treatment than those living in cities.”