Medicare begins funding phone and video psychiatrist consults

'The mental health impact of the pandemic will be immense': RANZCP

Medicare-subsidised phone and video consultations will help psychiatrists reach more patients as they deal with the mental health consequences of the coronavirus pandemic.


On Monday, the Federal Government introduced 14 Medicare items for psychiatrist telehealth consultations as part of a temporary measure to reduce peoples’ risk of exposure to COVID-19 while continuing to access essential health services.

The consultations can be with a patient anywhere in the country, with