Psychiatry

Despite being one of the most useful and practical psychiatric assessment, 291 assessments and their benefits are seldom known to GP’s. In simple terms, this is a ONE OFF assessment by a psychiatrist, to create a formulation and treatment plan for the patient, which is then forwarded to a GP for their action.

A 291 assessment is not a mental health care plan. It unfortunately is too often misunderstood to be this. A care plan is a mental health report prepared by the GP, so that the patient can access increased rebates on psychologist appointments. Contrary to popular belief, a Mental Health Care Plan is not a requirement for a 291 referral.

To book a 291 assessment, the GP simply needs to include in the referral that a one off assessment is required, or that a “291 assessment” is required.

We only have a limited number of 291 assessments available. It is important you realise that 291 assessments are not equivalent to bulk-billing psychiatrist care. It is a one off-assessment, and intended in cases where only a single assessment is indicated to help develop a plan for the the GP for ongoing treatment. This plan can be reviewed on one occasion each year.

Psychiatry

Despite being one of the most useful and practical psychiatric assessment, 291 assessments and their benefits are seldom known to GP's. In simple terms, this is a ONE OFF assessment by a psychiatrist, to create a formulation and treatment plan for the patient, which is then forwarded to a GP for their action. A 291 assessment is not a mental health care plan. It unfortunately is too often misunderstood to be this. A care plan is a mental health report prepared by the GP, so that the patient can access increased rebates on psychologist appointments. Contrary to popular belief, a Mental Health Care Plan is not a requirement for a 291 referral. To book a 291 assessment, the GP simply needs to include in the referral that a one off assessment is required, or that a "291 assessment" is required. We only have a limited number of 291 assessments available. It is important you realise that 291 assessments are not equivalent to bulk-billing psychiatrist care. It is a one off-assessment, and intended in cases where only a single assessment is indicated to help develop a plan for the the GP for ongoing treatment. This plan can be reviewed on one occasion each year.