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.
A message from the Victorian Chief Allied Health Officer (received Tuesday 27/10/20):
Dear Colleagues, we are very pleased with the recent announcements regarding allied health and other primary care services being able to resume routine care. Allied health practitioners were able to commence routine care from last week and all other practitioner groups will be able to do so effective 11:59 PM tonight.
The only exception / restriction for metro Melbourne that remains is indoor group activity. This is still not permitted until metropolitan Melbourne aligns with regional Victoria on the 8th of November. Any form of indoor activity that brings members of different households together is still considered the highest risk, irrespective of the reason those people might be in the indoor space.*
Further detail regarding density quotients and numbers will follow in the next few days however it is anticipated that group clinical intervention / therapy will be able to re commence from 8 November 2020.
This means that all professions, including myotherapy, remedial massage therapists can resume face-to-face services, subject to having a COVID-safe plan, from Wednesday 28th of October.
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.