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Mental Health Care Plans

At Double Bay Doctors, we understand the importance of caring for your mental health. A Mental Health Care Plan (MHCP) is a vital tool in accessing the support you need to navigate life's challenges. 


What is a Mental Health Care Plan (MHCP)?

A MHCP is a referral provided by your GP to facilitate access to mental health support. Through a MHCP, eligible patients can access up to 10 Medicare-subsidised psychology sessions per calendar year.

Who is eligible?

Your GP can access your eligibility for a MHCP. Those who qualify can receive a MHCP once every 12 months, entitling them to 10 rebateable sessions.

After the initial 6 sessions, a review with your GP is required to access further sessions. 

Who isn't eligible?

Patients who do not have a valid Medicare card, or patients who have already obtained a MHCP in the last 12 months are not eligible for a MHCP. After 12 months has lapsed, patients with Medicare can visit their GP to get a new plan. 


To acquire a MHCP, book a 'Mental Health Care Plan - Initial Consultation' with your regular GP. This appointment incurs a long gap fee; please refer to our fees page for details. 

It is essential to continue seeing your usual GP for the initial MHCP and any subsequent reviews to maintain continuity of care. 

Our approach

At Double Bay Doctors, your mental health matters. We believe in creating a safe, non-judgemental space where seeking support is encouraged, not stigmatised. You're not alone in this journey, and accessing mental health care is a proactive step toward wellbeing. 


We understand that seeking support for mental health concerns ca feel daunting, however taking this step is an act of self-care and strength. Your wellbeing matters, and our team is here to support and guide you through this process. 

Don't feel alone

You're not alone in your journey towards mental wellness, and seeking help for mental health concerns is more common than you think. Our team is dedicated to providing compassionate care, ensuring you feel heard, understood, and supported every step of the way. 

No shame in seeking support

There is no shame in seeking help for your mental health. It's a courageous decision that reflects your commitment to your overall wellbeing. Our aim is to remove the stigma surrounding mental health care, making it accessible and normalising the process of seeking support.


If you're ready to prioritise your mental health, schedule an appointment with your usual GP for an initial consultation. Your wellbeing matters, and we're here to support you on your journey. 

Remember, taking care of your mental health is an essential part of overall health. You deserve to feel supported and empowered in seeking the care that you need. 


If you or someone close to you is experiencing an emergency, or is at immediate risk of harm, call triple zero (000). To talk to someone now, call Beyond Blue or Lifeline.

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