Mental health support if you’ve been affected by bushfires

10 February 2020

You’ll soon be able to get Medicare benefits for mental health treatment if you’ve been affected by bushfires.

From 17 January, there’ll be extra mental health support for people who’ve been affected by the bushfires in 2019-20.

This will apply if, during the 2019-20 bushfires:

  • you or your family were impacted
  • you’re an emergency management worker or volunteer.

You’ll get Medicare benefits for 10 mental health treatment services. This is on top of the 10 psychological therapy sessions available under the Better Access Program.

You won’t need to have a referral or a mental health plan to access these services. To arrange a mental health treatment, talk to a:

  • GP
  • psychologist
  • occupational therapist
  • social worker.

If you don’t have a mental health professional near you, you’ll still get Medicare benefits for a video telehealth appointment.

Next steps

Read more about the Bushfire Recovery Access Program.

Read more about Support for people directly affected by the bushfires.

Page last updated: 6 March 2020