1. Either Ana Catton, Kat Petridis or Christina Birch of Sunlight Psychology is your "treating psychologist" responsible for your care, you are "the client" (yourself or the child or adolescent you are organising services for), and Changes Psychology is the admin and billing service "provider" that is only responsible for processing clients' bookings, billing and client administration only on behalf of your treating psychologist. By signing this agreement you are agreeing to the provision of services under this arrangement
3. Your treating psychologist will not provide information, reports or documentation for medico-legal or family court related purposes unless required to by law, under a subpoena or by a court order.
4. Parenting plans - if there is a parenting plan or consent order in place we require the parent or person engaging the treatment to meet the all requirements of the plan. It is not our responsibility to share information with other parents or stakeholders.
5. Information sharing - If you would like the psychologist to share and collect information about your child with your ex-partner/teacher/OT etc, we need written consent from you to approve this sharing of information with each individual. However if you intend to claim rebates from Medicare or another organisation is paying for the services, then your psychologist must provide summary reports to the referring GP, Paediatrician, Psychiatrist or external agencies regarding your treatment progress in order to be able to give you Medicare rebates and meet the legal obligations of this funding. By agreeing to these terms and conditions you agree to this information sharing policy.
6. Access to information – It is our obligation to protect the privacy of all of our clients. Providing you have legal authority to do so, you can discuss with your psychologist how to access information about your child that is kept on file. When a young person is of sufficient maturity and developmental capacity to understand the nature of their records and the implications of another person accessing their records, they must provide consent for disclosure of their personal information to one or both parents, and can withdraw consent at any time. Your psychologist will discuss confidentiality, and limits to, during you first appointment. By agreeing to these terms and conditions, you agree to this access to information policy.
7. Confirming your first appointment booking - To confirm the first session booking, all new clients consent to completing the Claiming, Consent and $1 session fee payment form via the online form and payment portal link that will be emailed to you within 48 hours of receiving the information email. You will have $1 session fee credit will be deducted immediately and your card details stored and securely encrypted within the NAB (National Australia Bank) Transact system for all future session fee payments
8. Attendance Policy and Fees-
The session fee for all of your treating psychologist's services are $214 for NDIS funded sessions, and $200 for private and Medicare sessions. This amount will be deducted in full after every session from the stored credit/debit card you provide to us. Payment needs to be received before Medicare rebates or Private Health Invoices are processed. All payments will be taken via our online payment system NAB Transact after your session being completed. All payments will show up on your credit or debit card statement/online banking with the payment reference 'Changes Psychology Northgate' (NOT Sunlight Psychology).
9. Attendance at Sessions and Cancellation fee - Consistent attendance at appointments is part of helping you achieve your goals. We ask that you only make appointments that you intend to keep. When you book, the session time is set aside whether or not you choose to attend and the fee attached to that session will also be yours. If you do not attend, it is not possible to apply the Medicare rebate and the entire session fee will be charged.
If the appointment time is no longer suitable, it is important to let us know as soon as possible. To avoid paying the session fee you will need to let admin know 24 business hours prior to your appointment.
Alternatives to attending in person:
i) You can change your appointment to an online or telehealth session, or
ii) You can request that your psychologist use this time to write a report to a third party, or complete some research on your behalf.
If you suspect you/your child will be too unwell to attend your session the following day, then please err on the side of caution and reschedule your appointment, with more 24 hours notice.
If you cancel your first session the treating psychologist will retain the $1 booking deposit that can be used against future session bookings.
NDIS late cancellations are in line with NDIA guidelines.