MENTAL HEALTH PLANS
A Mental Health Care Plan (MHCP) is a referral provided by a GP to support patients to access mental health support. With a MHCP, patients can access up to 20 Medicare-subsidised psychology sessions per calendar year.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE?
Your GP can determine if you are eligible for a Mental Health Care Plan.
Eligible patients can receive an MHCP once every 12 months, which entitles them to up to 20 Medicare-subsidised psychology sessions.
After the first 6 sessions, the patient must book an appointment with their GP for review, before any additional sessions can be accessed. Due to COVID-19, Medicare has enabled patients to access an additional 10 sessions. GP review is required after the 10th psychology appointment.
HOW DO I GET ONE?
To obtain an MHCP you need to make a ‘Mental Health – Initial Consultation‘ appointment with your usual GP.
To ensure continuity of care, it is important that you continue to visit your usual GP for your initial MHCP and any reviews of your MHCP.
An Enhanced Primary Care Plan (EPC) is a referral that is written by your GP which provides eligible patients with Medicare-subsidised allied health appointments, like physio and podiatry. An EPC may also be referred to as a GP Management Plan (GPMP).
WHO IS ELIGIBLE?
To be eligible for an EPC or GPMP, a patient must have a chronic or terminal medical condition with or without complex care needs.
A chronic health condition is defined as one that has been present for 6 months or more. It includes, but is not limited to, asthma, cancer, cardiovascular illness, diabetes mellitus, musculoskeletal conditions and stroke.
Your GP will need to assess your eligibility for an EPC plan.
HOW DO I GET ONE?
To obtain an EPC or GPMP you need to make a standard appointment with your GP.
Please note that this referral takes 15 minutes, and cannot be done in a standard appointment when other issues are being discussed. If you are coming to see your GP about another issue, you will be required to book a long (30 minute) appointment or come back for another standard appointment.
To ensure continuity of care, it is important that you continue to visit your usual GP for your initial EPC plan and any reviews of your EPC plan.
Star City Medical Centre is also a collection centre for Medlab pathology. Medlab Pathology is one of Australia’s largest, privately owned pathology practices.
Established in 2001, provides comprehensive range of pathology services to general practitioners, medical centres, nursing homes in the Sydney, Wollongong and Newcastle regions.
Medlab Pathology is a NATA/RCPA accredited category GX Laboratory.
The management and staff of Medlab Pathology are committed to providing a service of excellence, totally committed to ethical and professional practices.
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With over 20 years of experience in surgical specialties including general surgery, neurosurgery, and plastic & cosmetic surgery, Dr. Kumar is passionate in the field of skin cancer and cosmetic surgery. He is constantly building up on his expertise by adapting to the newly launched cutting-edge treatment modalities. This also enables to give the best possible results to the patients with the highest satisfaction.
Dr. Kumar caters to individual patients by tailoring the treatments plans according to their needs and concerns. He has a keen interest in research and publication and has presented his research work in National and International conferences. He has also published more than ten papers in Journals of international repute.
Qualifications and appointments
- Diploma in Cosmetic Injectables – Australasian College of Cosmetic Surgery (ACCS)
- Scholar Diploma in Skin Cancer
- Scholar Fellow Pain Medicine
- FICS – Fellow of International College Surgeons – USA
- Fellow Neurosurgery
- M.Med – Clinical Neurosurgery – The University of Melbourne
- Affiliate Member- Australasian College of Cosmetic Surgery
- Skin cancer college of Australasia
- Faculty of Pain Medicine
- Association of Surgeons of India
- Neurological Society on India
Dr. Arun has extensive experience in all facets of Cosmetic medicine and Surgery. He provides individualized treatment plan.
CLOSING THE GAP
Closing the Gap acknowledges the ongoing strength and resilience of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in sustaining the world’s oldest living cultures.
At star city medical centre, we are a Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander friendly clinic.
We provide full health checks and make sure our patients are aware of all the services that are available to them.