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Benefits of being a Bupa provider

PACFA Clinical Registrants are eligible to be providers for Bupa, which is one of the two largest private health funds in Australia (the other is Medibank).

Some members have expressed concern that it will not be worth their while to become a provider if clients are not covered for counselling in their policies. However, with approximately 3.7 million Bupa members in Australia, it is possible that some of your clients could be Bupa members who are eligible for rebates for counselling services.

Rebates for counselling are available on Bupa Health Insurance Extras products where members can claim for ‘Mental Health’. Fund and policy rules and sub limits apply. Waiting periods may also apply.

If any of your clients are Bupa members, they can only claim for your counselling services if you are a Bupa recognised provider.

How to apply to be a Bupa recognised provider

Both counsellors and psychotherapists are eligible to apply to be a Bupa provider. However, Bupa recognition is only available to Clinical Registrants who have completed training that meets Bupa’s recognition criteria (below).

To apply:

  • You must be in private practice, hold a Senior First Aid certificate and maintain your PACFA Clinical registration
  • You must meet the Bupa recognition criteria (see below)
  • See the Frequently Asked Questions if you have any questions
  • Email the Membership Team for the application instructions

Applications to become a Bupa provider are accepted at any time but claims can only be paid to your clients for counselling services after your date of registration. Provider registration commences from the date of application.

 

BUPA RECOGNITION CRITERIA FOR COUNSELLORS AND PSYCHOTHERAPISTS

Membership: PACFA Registrants who have completed 750 hours of post-qualifying practice

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

  • 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 or psychotherapy
  • 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.