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Online Psychologists: Telehealth Therapy & Counselling 

Considering an Online Psychologist?

We understand that life can be busy and getting to appointments can be challenging. Stirling Psychology aims to remove any barriers to ensure you can access the right online psychologist at the right time. Stirling is committed to providing high quality accessible care through mediums that work for you. With this in mind we have launched an online psychology, health and wellness practice - Stirling Connections. Using secure video conferencing software you can meet with high quality online psychologists  at a time and place convenient for you. If you would like to find out more please read this article on what to look for in an online psychologist.  

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How does it work?

Online therapy is provided in much the same way as if you were to attend an appointment with a psychologist in our Mornington office. Using secure (HIPAA compliant) video conferencing software you will be able to interact similarly with your online psychologist, to how you would in person. The team at Stirling will email you everything you need prior to your appointment with your psychologist online. 

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COVID-19 Telehealth Funding for Online Psychologists

The Australian government has released new funding for telehealth (online therapy). Until September you can access Medicare rebates to see a psychologist online. You will need a valid referral from your GP (you can also see your GP using telehealth). If you have any questions please feel free to give us a call and we can talk you through how to book your appointment with a psychologist online.

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Medicare Rebates for Rural Clients

In 2017 the Australian Government extended Medicare funding for psychological services to include Telehealth (video conference/ online therapy) services for people living in an eligible rural or remote locations. 

Under the Better Access Scheme people living in remote or rural areas can access a Medicare Rebate for online psychology services if they have 

  1. A mental health care plan/ mental health treatment plan
  2. Eating Disorder Plan


  1. Have been affected by the Australian bushfires (you do not require a referral in this instance)

The Australian Psychological Society provide a helpful overview of the Better Access Initiative that addresses frequently asked questions about mental health care plans. For more information, please click here.

To find out if you live in a designated rural, remote or very remote area (classified as MMM4 to 7 under the Modified Monash Model) and may be eligible to receive Medicare funding for your treatment please click here

Affected by the Australian bushfires?

Better Access Bushfire Recovery Telehealth

Did you know that if you have been affected by the Australian bushfires you can get Medicare benefits for up to 10 psychology online therapy sessions if:

• you or your family have been impacted by the 2019-20 bushfires

• you’re a first responder or emergency management employee or volunteer who worked during the 2019-20 bushfires.

You don’t need to have a diagnosed mental health condition, GP referral or mental health treatment plan. All you need to do is book an appointment with one of our online psychologists.

These sessions with your online psychologist are in addition to the 10 psychology sessions available under the existing Better Access Program. So if you have previously seen a psychologist under a Mental Health Treatment Plan you will be able to access a further 10 sessions