Unfortunately, Dr Parkin has closed his books to new referrals.
This situation will be reviewed regularly and a better idea of when books may reopen will be known by February 2019.
Information about fees and Medicare rebates is available when booking appointments. Payment is required in full at the time of the appointment and may be made in cash or using the EFTPOS and Credit Card (MasterCard or Visa) facilities.
A rebate for part of the fee may be available through Medicare. However, appointments are not bulk billed. In order to receive the Medicare rebate, a referral must have been received from your child’s GP or Paediatrician and you must bring the Medicare card that has your child’s name to every appointment.
Southside Health & Wellbeing operates Medicare Online Claiming, which allows us to submit the Medicare rebate claim on your behalf at the time of payment. The rebate of the relevant Medicare item(s) will then be paid into your account by Medicare, and is usually received within 24 hours of the transaction. Your bank details must be registered with Medicare to access this rebate.
A Extended Medicare Safety Net threshold exists to protect families from large medical bills. Once a family has reached the safety net threshold (i.e. total medical expenses for all family members combined) then Medicare may refund 80% of the gap costs for the remainder of the year. The safety net threshold is currently set at $2,093.30 (this may vary for Concession cardholders and families eligible for FTB Part A). Please phone 132 011 or visit www.medicare.gov.au for further information.
If you are also seeing a psychologist, then Medicare funds 10 sessions per year to see psychologists through the Better Access to Mental Health Care Plan and additional funding may be available if criteria are met for Chronic Disease Management (formerly Enhanced Primary Care or EPC). These may be available through your GP. This does not affect your entitlement to rebates for attending appointments with a psychiatrist.