The Department of Health (Australia) is monitoring the outbreak of COVID-19. You are encouraged to stay up to date with information on their website, or via Facebook. At the bottom of this page is a long list is resources available.
On Sunday 18 October, the Victorian Government announced a change in restrictions. Advice from the Victorian Chief Allied Health Officer on the 19th October:
"We were pleased with the inclusion of Allied Health in the Premier’s media announcement yesterday, and recognise the challenging impact of restrictions for Allied Health practitioners over recent months. We again thank you and your members for your assistance in ensuring the health and wellbeing of all Victorians during the pandemic response.
We are pleased to confirm the following easing of restrictions for Allied Health services in metro Melbourne (effective as of 11.59pm, 18 October 2020);
From 1 November, we anticipate that there will be a further easing of restrictions and move to the full ‘third step’ of the recovery roadmap for metro Melbourne - pending the advice of the public health team.”
There is signficant lobbying taking place to include Myotherapists and Remedial Massage Therapists in the list of those allowed to practice. This page will be updated as the situation changes.
The Victorian Government has recently released the Industry Restart Guidelines Allied Health and other primary health services. This document covers both regional Victoria and metropolitan Melbourne and includes a comprehensive FAQ.
Information can also be found on the DHHS website here.
The Department of Health and Human Services has updated guidance on the use of PPE specific to private practice settings. Guidance on the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) for health workers.
Information from the Commonwealth Department of Health is available on the Guidance on the use of face masks for health care workers. There is a full suite of guidance on PPE for healthcare workers, updated 31 July, on the Department of Health Website here.
The attached letter provides information to allied health professionals in relation to their use and priorisation of access to surgical masks.
Practitioners who have a medicare provider number can provide telehealth videoonference and telephone services under sub-groups 11 and 12 to clients with a chronic condition and:
The service can be bulk-billed, and for allied health health services, is only available to AHPRA registered professions. We encourage practitioners who meet this criteria to continue to see patients under this arrangement if able to do so. Please refer the the MBS changes factsheet for full information.
For those members seeing DVA clients, the Department has recently provided informaton on temporary changes in service delivery to our clients during the current pandemic. You can find the details here.
Auckland is currently at Alert Level 3 and the rest of New Zealand at Alert Level 2. Information can be found on the New Zealand Ministry of Health website here. These Alerts are in place until 11.59 pm Wednesday 26 August. Specific information for Allied Health can be found here.
Current information from the Australian Government Department of Health
The Government's $2.4 Billion health plan
The JobKeeper Payment has been extended beyond September - Fact Sheet: Extension of JobKeeper Payment
Information from the Ministry of Health (New Zealand) can be found at there website here.
There is a very useful website Train IT Medical which has information on different MBS item numbers and telehealth information.
A COVIDSafe planning tool for businesses has been published. The tool is designed to help businesses prepare to re-open safely following the COVID-19 shutdown.
For more information on the coronavirus, you can contact
Many ALA members/ALA Accredited Lymphoedema Practitioners are small business owners/operate from a private practice. Below are a number of links which may be useful (note: this is changing all the time, so we also suggest you continue to refer to your state or territory sites for up to date information)
To assist businesses experiencing financial difficulty as a result of COVID-19 the ATO have released a series of relief options - CLICK HERE
Cash Flow Assistance information available for small to medium business from Treasury.
State support available:
The New Zealand Government has released a number of finanical support initiatives - CLICK HERE
It is being said time and time again, we are in an unprecented situation. If you need to, please access support services (most of these services operation 24 hours a day, 7 days a week).
The ALA would like to acknowledge the support of AHPA and AHPA member organisations, allowing ALA to build this content specific for lymphoedema therapists.