Health Minister announces increase in subsidies for mental health.
As part of its response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the latest Australian Budget has announced that all Australians will be able to access up to 20 mental health consultations per year with a psychologist. That’s twice the previous limit.
However, the subsidy, which may be around AU$128/hour, can still leave a gap of over $100/session, depending upon how much the psychologist charges.
It’s a significant step forward in recognizing the importance of mental health. But, this increased support will still remain out-of-reach financially for many.