PACFA lobbying HCF for recognition of Psychotherapy

13 September 2023

PACFA is aware that members have recently been disappointed by the lack of recognition of psychotherapy qualifications by HCF. However, we are pleased to advise that HCF is currently reviewing their criteria regarding psychotherapy as a result of PACFA’s advocacy in this area.

The situation for Counsellors, Psychotherapists, and Indigenous Healing Practitioners in the context of the Private Health Insurance landscape in Australia is complex. Unfortunately, Private Health Insurers make decisions based on their own criteria, which, at present, tend to prioritise counselling training. The currently splintered approach of assessment by Private Health Insurers has come about due to a lack of consistency surrounding qualifications and membership in the Counselling and Psychotherapy space over many years. However, we anticipate that the implementation of the National Standards by the Australian Government will provide a significant boost in ensuring that appropriate and consistent recognition for Counsellors, Psychotherapists and Indigenous Healing Practitioners is achieved moving forward.

PACFA registrants can access Private Health Insurer agreements with BUPA, Medibank, AHM, HCF, St Luke's Health, Police Health, GMHBA, Westfund, Emergency Services Health, Phoenix Health, CUA Health, AIA Health, and Teachers Union Health. Most of these funds do recognise Psychotherapy qualifications.

Please feel free to review the full list of our affiliated Private Health Insurers on our website here. PACFA encourages members of the College of Psychotherapy to get involved with our work to grow awareness and understanding of psychotherapy by joining the College of Psychotherapy Leadership Group.

To apply for HCF recognition as a counsellor for benefit purposes, please fill out the application form here.

PACFA continues to advocate for our valued registrants to Private Health Insurers on a daily basis.