Caring for someone with a terminal illness is an emotional and stressful experience, often involving a range of feelings such as hope, fear, stress, anger, regret and grief.
Family members are often focused on looking after the physical and emotional needs of their loved one, but also need to also ensure that they are looking after their own emotional wellbeing too.
Grief and bereavement counselling can be helpful in assisting family and friends to cope with the illness of their loved one. Counselling can help people to understand the illness and prepare for their loss. During these times, counselling can focus on providing emotional support, as well as helping family to plan for and organize their practical needs.
Medicare rebates are available for psychological treatment by registered psychologists under the Australian Government’s Better Access to Mental Health Care initiative.
This scheme provides considerable financial assistance to people living with mental heath problems, allowing them greater access to psychologists and providing more affordable mental healthcare.
To access the Medicare Rebate, you need your GP, psychiatrist or paediatrician to complete a detailed mental health assessment and prepare a Mental Health Treatment Plan before referring you to a psychologist.
You may be eligible to receive Medicare rebates immediately into your bank account when paying for your session by cash, credit card, EFTPOS or cheque at all People Psychology locations.