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Funding Treatment for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

A range of different organisations potentially provide therapy or funding for treatment of trauma-related conditions, depending on the nature of the traumatic event.

Not all psychologists are registered with all service providers (eg. Veterans Affairs, Victims of Crime) so if you are seeking treatment through any of these schemes you should clarify payment matters with your treating psychologist up-front.

We hope to provide some more information on this in the near future...

However note the following about consulting private practitioners under Medicare:

If you have an appropriate referral you will generally received Medicare rebates for up to 12 (and if exceptional circumstances apply 18) sessions per year.

If you are referred under Medicare you will usually receive a significantly higher rebate for consultations with a Clinical Psychologist than with a generalist psychologist. Although Clinical Psychologist fees are also usually significantly higher the generalist psychologists and other psychology specialists.

Some psychiatrists provide psychological therapy, but in many cases their principal role is to provide expert advice on medication treatments. Psychiatrists have a degree in medicine as well as postgraduate training in the assessment and treatment of psychological disorders. (Medicare rebates usually apply but few bulk bill).

Some General Medical Practitioners (GPs), Social Workers, Occupational Therapists, and Nurses have additional postgraduate training in the training of mental health conditions such as PTSD. (Medicare rebates may apply).

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IMPORTANT NOTE: This page and this site describes general information about PTSD which may not apply to your situation. Information should NOT be used for diagnosis or treatment purposes. You should consult a GP, Clinical Psychologist, or other mental health professional for advice on your symptoms and the most appropriate treatment(s).

Disclaimer: This site is intended for Australian residents.