PATHS was established in 1997 on the Mornington Peninsula as a specialist paediatric psychology practice, offering a comprehensive range of psychological services to address the needs of the whole child including comprehensive assessment, counselling and therapeutic intervention and educational consultancy for children, adolescents and their families.


Referrals are accepted from General Practitioners and Paediatricians, parents and caregivers, teachers, schools and pre-schools, Maternal & Child Health Nurses and other child and family agencies. However you do not need a referral unless you wish to claim a rebate from Medicare.

The psychologists in our team at PATHS are registered with the Psychology Board of Australia (PBA) under the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA), and with Medicare and have further post-graduate qualifications and training in education and developmental psychology.

All our psychologists are committed to working within ethical guidelines developed by the Australian Psychological Society (APS) and adopted by the PBA, as well as undertaking further training and participating in professional supervision and case discussion as part of our collaborative team.

All psychologists and staff have "Working with Children" registration with the State of Victoria.

Medicare

Some services provided by psychologists and some other allied health professionals may be claimed through Medicare, where a referral has been made by a paediatrician or GP. The types of mental health issues impacting on the children and adolescents that we typically see at PATHS that can be referred under the Better Access to Mental Health Outcomes initiative include anxiety, depression, ADHD, OCD and some behavioural difficulties.

  • The current Medicare rebate with a Mental Health Care Plan for a 50 minute consultation is $93.35.
  • For chronic conditions, children and adolescents may also be seen for up to 5 sessions under an Chronic Disease Management Plan referral through a GP where the GP considers it appropriate. The current Medicare rebate per consultation is $58.30.
  • Children with a suspected or confirmed Autism Spectrum Disorder may be referred by a paediatrician or psychiatrist for assessment or treatment under the Better Access initiative, or for treatment by a GP under a Mental Health Care Plan.
  • PATHS has elected not to register as an NDIS provider; however we are still able to provide psychological services to self-managed and agency-managed NDIS clients but not NDIA clients.
  • At PATHS, clients are asked to pay the full invoice amount on the day of consultation and then claim the rebate from Medicare, which we are able to do in the clinic on your behalf. We do not bulk bill to Medicare.
Private Health Funds

If you are a member of a private health fund you may be eligible for a rebate for psychological services. Please contact your private health fund to determine whether you are eligible and for rebate amounts. Claims may be made electronically at the clinic via HICAPS for most health funds.

Consultations are by appointment only. Our current base fee for a 50 minute consultation is $210. Shorter sessions may be appropriate for some children as determined by the psychologist. The number of sessions will depend on the presenting issue and the services required. This will be advised at the time of referral, initial consultation or through ongoing consultation with parents/caregivers.

Please note that a cancellation fee of $120 will be applied to late cancellations while the full fee will be applied for non-attendance or repeated late cancellations.

Payments

Payment is expected on the day of consultation (or on receipt of the invoice) via direct deposit or credit card (by phone) or EFTPOS/cash. A $10 fee will also be applied for late payments each time an invoice is resent.