Is Your Hypnotherapist Registered?
Did you know that there is no legal requirement for anyone to practice Hypnosis? This means that technically someone could read a book on Hypnosis, and then set up a Hypnosis Business and call themselves a Hypnotherapist.
The Australian Hypnotherapist’s Association (AHA) was founded in 1949. It is a National Peak Body who only accredit qualified Therapists who have undergone strict criteria, in order to join and maintain their qualifications. They were set up to provide the endorsement of your professional hypnotherapy skills that clients are looking for, so that you can trust that an AHA Member has done the required training to deliver the best possible service to their clients.
Carol is Clinical and 5-PATH Hypnotherapist. She originally received her Diploma in Clinical Hypnotherapy in 2005 with the NSW School of Hypnotic Sciences, then in 2009 trained to become a 5-PATH and 7th Path Hypnotherapist with Banyan Hypnosis, and since then has gone on to attain many other qualifications. She originally joined the AHA in 2011.
As a Clinical Member of the AHA, it means that Carol constantly upgrades her skills and training by undergoing Workshops throughout the year, on cutting edge techniques and new findings. This means she will receive Continued Education Credits and ensure she is equipped to give her clients the most up to date techniques to ensure their success. Carol also has to to Peer to Peer support 12 times a year, to maintain the high quality of professionalism required to be a part of the AHA.
Because Carol is a Clinical Member of the AHA, it also means that some Health Funds now offer rebates for her clients.
Which Funds Cover Hypnotherapy?
Carol’s AHA membership number is CM0310386. This is to be used as her Provider number for some funds.
- Australian Health Management (AHM) – is owned by Medibank Private. It does not issue a provider number and will use the AHA membership number for verification.
AHM only cover stop smoking with AHA registered hypnotherapists.
Your receipt must say Quit smoking for Hypnotherapy. Limits are set by the level of cover the client has and they must have “lifestyle packages”. Call 134246 for details.
- Australian Unity – They will check to verify that your Hypnotherapist is on the current AHA monthly list. Call 13 29 39 for further details.
Update on AU: Since mid 2018, AU no longer offer policies that include hypnotherapy. They do pay rebates on policies held prior to 2018 which covered hypnotherapy but no cover offered since then will include it.
- CBHS Health Fund
Please use Carol’s AHA membership number as the Professional provider number: CM0310386.
- CUA Health Fund
Clients must have a doctor’s letter/referral advising that they are having hypnotherapy for stress management, weight loss or quit smoking. Benefit will cover up to $200 per family per year. P: 07 3365 0022.
- Grand United Health
As of May 2021 GU will verify you are on the current AHA monthly list.
- HBF (WA)
They will only deal directly with the AHA Registered Hypnotherapist directly. They will verify that the Therapist is on the current AHA monthly list and you must apply and fill in the necessary paper work with them directly. https://www.hbf.com.au/about-hbf/for-providers/registration-information
- Health Care Insurance Limited
They will only deal with the AHA association They cover Quit Smoking and Weight Loss programs only and they only provide a benefit of up to $150 per year. They will verify that the Therapist is on the current AHA monthly list.
- Health.com.au NOTE: have merged with Frank.
They will only deal with the association.
The client will have 2 options for weight management and stop smoking. They can go via a “health maintenance claim form” that can be down loaded from the https://help.health.maintenance-programs?b_id=1114 website and must be signed by their GP to cover up to $200 and then they can also go via their “Natural Health Therapy cover for up to a further $300.
Their Natural Health Cover section covers all other issues apart from the stop smoking and weight management. A claim via their Natural Health Therapist Cover does not require a GP signature.
- Health Partners
They will only deal with the AHA association they will check to verify that your Hypnotherapist is on the current AHA monthly list
- Medibank Private
They will only deal with the AHA association. They will check to verify that the Hypnotherapist is on the current AHA monthly list and advise the national administrator of the provider number. The AHA administrator will then advise the Hypnotherapist accordingly.
Please note: online claims are not available for hypnotherapy. If your client is asking for an item number, they are trying to claim online. Item numbers only ever relate to Medicare which AHA members are not eligible for unless also a registered psychologist, doctor or similar.
Note: Hypnotherapy rebates are only available to Medibank Private members that were members prior to April 2011 and opted for package bonus. The package bonus allows their members to pick what they want to cover in their package bonus when they join. Bonuses accumulate at $50 per year total for the auxiliary package. Once they’ve spent it, they start all over again and will not get benefits again that year.
Please be aware that as of the 1st of April 2021, only electronic receipts will be accepted by Medibank.
- Navy Health Fund
They will check to verify that the Hypnotherapist is on the AHA monthly list. Navy Health Ltd advises that the Hypnotherapist will need to apply for a Navy Health provider number. But this is only necessary if you are a Navy Health client. A provider number will be issued on the day of request for that client. This number will be the AHA membership number. The Navy Health contact is: Claims Manager 1300 306 289 or direct (03) 9896 9310.
- NRMA Health Insurances (East Coast & Tasmania)
They will only deal with the association. They will check to verify that your Hypnotherapist is on the current AHA monthly list. They only cover providers who were members prior to 31-3-2004
- Phoenix Health Fund
They will verify that your Hypnotherapist is on the monthly AHA health report.
- Queensland Country Health
They will only deal with the association. Will only cover hypnotherapy for weight loss or quit smoking under their healthy living benefit on the Extras cover. They will check to verify that your Hypnotherapist is on the current AHA monthly list
- rtHealth Fund (Formerly Railway and Transport Health Fund Ltd)
They will only deal with the association. They will check to verify that your Hypnotherapist is on the current AHA monthly list.
- Reserve Bank Health Society
They will only deal with the association. They will check to verify that your Hypnotherapist is on the current AHA monthly list
- Teachers Federation Health
They will only deal with the association They will check to verify that your Hypnotherapist is on the current AHA monthly list. Please note that until a claim is made, your Hypnotherapist will not appear on their system at all. If you have issues, please ask the staff member to physically refer to the AHA monthly report because they do not do this automatically. Once the client lodges the claim and it is processed, the Hypnotherapist will then be discoverable in the TFH system.
- SGIC Health Insurance (SA and NT)
They will only deal with the association They will check to verify that your Hypnotherapist is on the current AHA monthly list and that they have a Diploma from an Australian RTO.
- SGIO Health Insurance (WA)
They will only deal with the association They will check to verify that your Hypnotherapist is on the current AHA monthly list and that you have a Diploma from an Australian RTO.
- Health Funds will rebate any medical or health procedure which they believe will either help them to keep down expenses [ie claims] to a minimum, or which are demanded by their members in sufficient numbers.
- Health Funds are not charities; they are profit oriented organisations with expenses to pay.
- Health Funds continually monitor the demands and wishes, comments and complaints from their members, in what has become a very competitive market place.
- Therefore, we encourage you, our clients to complain to your health funds asking them to introduce hypnotherapy as an item to help to get hypnotherapy to be recognised as a viable alternative.
- For Carol as hypnotherapist, the rebate of your fees
will allow her to treat more clients, with a therapy which is unique and successful for so many.
- I would like to encourage all of my clients to pass on your comments and complaints to your Health Fund, so that the Funds will get an appreciation of what it is their members want.
- I hope this information has been helpful.
AHA Contact Details
Australian Hypnotherapists’ Association – Founded 1949 – ABN 20 004 388 872
P: 1300 55 22 54
E: firstname.lastname@example.org W: www.ahahypnotherapy.org.au
Carol has been a Reiki Master and Teacher since 1999, and a Member of Reiki Australia since 2011. She is also on the Board of Directors for Reiki Australia, and is a highly respected Healer and Teacher. Unfortunately at this time there are no Health Funds in Australia who currently allow claims for Reiki as a modality.
Please continue to ask your Health Fund to add Reiki as a recognised modality, so that many more people will be able to benefit for claiming.