Campaign for Recognition by Private Health Funds
In 2015, PACFA is re-launching its campaign for greater recognition for PACFA Registrants by Private Health Funds. This has been identified as a priority in PACFA’s 2014-15 Strategic Plan.
Currently, PACFA Registrants in private practice can offer private health insurance rebates to clients with appropriate Medibank Private cover. As the coverage provided to clients through Medibank Private is limited, the PACFA campaign aims to increase Medibank Private coverage and to extend rebates to the other major Private Health Funds.
Our campaign goal in 2015 is to meet with as many Private Health Funds as possible in order to seek their support for rebates for counsellors and psychotherapists.
PACFA will provide regular reports though eNews of our progress with the campaign.
2012 submisison to Provate Health Funds
Download the PACFA 2012 Submission to Private Health Funds
Submissions to the ACCC
In January 2015, PACFA made a submission to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission on the anti-competitive practices of Private Health Funds. Download PACFA submission to the ACCC 2015
This follows a similar submission to the ACCC made in 2012. Download the PACFA Submission the ACCC 2012
Submission to the DoHA natural therapies review
In December 2012, PACFA made a submission to the Department of Health and Ageing’s review of the Australian Government rebate for natural therapies, which includes hypnotherapy and psychotherapy. In our submission PACFA advocated for inclusion of counselling in the review, given that rebates are already offered for counselling by Medibank Private. PACFA also provided detailed research evidence on the effectiveness of counselling and psychotherapy.
Download the PACFA Submission to DoHA
PACFA CEO, Maria Brett, and PACFA President, Professor Ione Lewis presented before the Committee overseeing the review. PACFA’s presentation was very well received. The date for completion of the review has been delayed until April 2015.
PACFA has now been advised that counselling, psychotherapy and hypnotherapy are no longer in scope for this review. We take this as good news as the review panel has concluded that the evidence-base for the effectiveness of these interventions does not need investigation.