Getting a Mental Health Care Plan
Getting a Mental Health Care Plan (MHCP) is simple. You just need to speak with a GP and tell them about the mental health issues you’ve been having and that you’re keen to get help and talk to someone about it.
Your Mental Health Care Plan will last for 12 months. If you have already received a MHCP from any GP in the last 12 months you do not need a new referral. Your existing plan and referral can be used with someone.health.
If you don’t have a copy of your plan you must go back to the GP practice that originally completed the plan to ask for a copy.
Visit or call your regular GP
Commonly Asked Questions
For many people this will be the first time you’ve spoken about your mental health to a GP. Here’s some answers to questions you may have.
You’ll likely be asked to complete some questionnaires (like this guy) to give your doctor an idea of the scope of your issues and allow them to provide some written background to your psychologist.
Ask your GP to send your MHCP to:
Fax: 02 8367 5101
It doesn’t matter who the letter is addressed to – it can either be the name of your psychologist or just leave it blank as Someone Health.
If you’re using our someone.health GP, we’ll already have your referral so you won’t need to send it anywhere.
Your Mental Health Care Plan will give you access to up to 20 psychologist sessions within a 12 month period.
Your Mental Health Care Plan will end up looking like this and it will be shared with your psychologist. It’s the way your GP and psychologist keep each other in the loop.
Most GPs will take around 20 minutes to prepare your Mental Health Care Plan. If you’re seeing your regular GP, it may be much quicker.
If you’re seeing our someone.health GP you’ll need to complete a detailed questionnaire beforehand and then attend a video appointment.
If you have already had a plan done in the last 12 months you are not eligible for a new one under Medicare.
This means if you visit a GP for a new one you will be charged the full fee of $94.45 as Medicare cannot cover this fee for you.
Instead you should reach out to the GP practice you originally went to and ask that they send it to us.