Bupa Private Health Rebates

PACFA has negotiated recognition by Bupa, Australia’s largest Private Health Fund, for PACFA Members and Registrants who meet Bupa’s Recognition Criteria.

Eligibility

Both counsellors and psychotherapists who have training that meets Bupa’s Recognition Criteria may be eligible for recognition with Bupa. Eligible Provider can deliver BUPA-funded counselling services from 1 July 2018.

PACFA Clinical Registrants may be eligible to be Bupa Providers if they meet Bupa’s Recognition Criteria.

 

BUPA RECOGNITION CRITERIA FOR COUNSELLORS AND PSYCHOTHERAPISTS

Australian undergraduate degree issued by a registered higher education provider with 3 years full time (or part-time equivalent) training in Counselling:

· Training is at a Bachelor degree (AQF7) in terms of level and training as defined by the Australian Qualifications Framework

· Training includes a minimum of 40 hours of supervised client contact during training.

OR

Australian Postgraduate qualification with 2 years full time (or part-time equivalent) training in Counselling:

· Training standards are at Postgraduate degree (AQF8-9) in terms of level and training as defined by the Australian Qualifications Framework

Training includes a minimum of 40 hours of supervised client contact during training.

Rebates for clients

Rebates for counselling services will only be paid for Bupa members who have the appropriate level of Extras cover. These benefits will be apart of Extras products under the heading of ‘Mental Health’. Bupa has already written to their members with Extras cover to advise them if they will be covered by the new counselling services from 1 July. Insurance products with cover for counselling can also be purchased from 1 July by new customers wishing to switch to Bupa.

This is a major change that will improve access to mental health services from counsellors and psychotherapists. It has been brought about by years of lobbying for recognition by PACFA and supported by federal government reforms aimed at encouraging private health fund to make a greater contribution to mental health services in Australia.

How to be a provider

For eligible Registrants, to request a Bupa Provider Number you must be in private practice, hold a Senior First Aid certificate, maintain your PACFA registration.

If you have any questions please view a list of frequently asked questions here.

If you are a Registrant who meets Bupa’s Recognition Criteria, and you wish to become a Bupa provider please email the Membership Team or call the PACFA Office.