MedicareReferrals & MHTP

The steps to get your Mental Health Treatment Plan and referral for your first session with a psychologist.

What you need to know before booking your first session

  • You will need to get your referral and MHTP before you attend your first session
  • You'll need to pay for your session up-front and then claim your rebate from Medicare
  • You can book an appointment with a psychologist now, ensuring that you allow yourself enough time between now and your GP appointment to get a referral
  • To get a MHTP and referral you can either visit your regular GP or find a telehealth GP via HealthEngine

When you are ready, you can simply choose a psychologist and book your first session.

Telehealth illustration
Example MHTP

Getting a Mental Health Treatment Plan

Getting a Mental Health Treatment Plan (MHTP or MHCP) is a simple process. You'll need to talk with a GP about the mental health issues you are having and let them know you would like some help and to talk to someone about it.

Your GP will ask you a series of questions (they usually use the K10 test) to assess your mental health, this normally takes around 15 or 20 minutes.

Your GP will then create a plan for you (see an example Mental Health Treatment Plan), which enables you to 6 sessions with a psychologist. Your MHTP lasts for 12 months.

You can ask your GP to email your MHTP to you or send it directly to us (

Getting a Referral

You'll need to ask your GP for a referral to a psychologist, you can do this at the same time that you get your MHTP.

Ask your GP to send your MHTP and Referral to:
Talked Therapy

It doesn’t matter who the referral is addressed to, it can either be the name of your psychologist (if you have chosen one) or just leave it as Talked Therapy.

If you already have an existing referral, but for a different psychologist, then you can still use it and you do not need to re-visit your GP.

You may email your documents to us, or simply upload them yourself from Your Account.