Chiropractic Australia

COVID-19: Latest News

Victoria – Update 27/5/2021

7-day Circuit Breaker Restrictions in effect across Victoria

 11.59PM THURSDAY 27 MAY to 11.59PM THURSDAY 3 JUNE 2021 

7-day Circuit Breaker Restrictions have just been announced for Victoria – going into effect as of 11:59pm tonight – and these settings are expected to be in place until 11:59pm on June 3, 2021. For full details of the restrictions please visit https://www.premier.vic.gov.au/statement-acting-premier-1.

Chiropractic Australia has been in contact with Donna Markham – Chief Allied Health Officer – to provide clarification around these restrictions and key terminology in relation to Allied Health Professionals; a summary of this guidance is outlined below.

Under these settings, only Authorised Health Services will be permitted, which are defined as;

  • Allied Health services provided by allied health professionals working as authorised workers in hospitals or in residential care facilities providing critical clinical care or as directed by the hospital; or 
  • Allied Health workers professionals working in private or public community services, whether clinic-based or home-based, providing essential clinical care where telehealth services are not clinically appropriate; or 
  • Allied Health services provided by allied health professionals working in private practice providing care through telehealth and other virtual care options
  • Students, medical/nursing/midwifery/allied health on placement providing authorised care in hospitals or in residential care facilities, or through telehealth.

*Please note that Routine care is not permitted*.

With regards to face-to-face provision of Allied Health services permitted under the 7-day Circuit Breaker Restrictions, essential clinical care is defined as:

  • To prevent a significant change/deterioration in functional independence which would result in an escalation of care needs (e.g. an increase in frequency of treatment needed, an increased need for prescription medication due to a significant increase in pain, requirement for specialist input or review, an increase in care needs, and/or a substantial increase to anticipated recovery time associated with a delay in receiving services)
  • To provide assessment and diagnostic services to clients / patients whose care have been delayed as a result of previous restrictions, with any further delay likely to result in deterioration in functional independence or adverse health outcomes (including access to diagnostic imaging services or assessment for prescription of assistive equipment and technology)
  • To provide services that are essential as part of a broader plan of care with a medical practitioner (e.g. fitting a brace post-surgery)
  • To provide services that are part of a conservative management plan to avoid or delay elective surgery (as agreed with treating team)
  • To provide services immediately following elective surgery that prevent secondary complications or aid functional recovery (as agreed with treating team).

Victoria – Update 25/5/2021

Additional COVIDSafe Measures for Greater Melbourne

Due to the recent cases in Melbourne’s northern suburbs, additional COVIDSafe Measures have been put in place in Greater Melbourne. From 6pm tonight (May 25th 2021), face masks will need to be worn by everyone aged 12 years and older when indoors, unless an exemption applies.

Victorians who live in Greater Melbourne and need to travel to regional Victoria can still do so however, the restrictions travel with them. As outlined in yesterday’s Member Update Email, use of the Service Victoria QR code service will still be mandatory in all venues and facilities that are required to have mandatory electronic record keeping from Friday, 28 May.

What this means for you & your practice:

  • All staff and patients over 12 will be required to wear a mask.
  • Any Melbourne-based patient attending a clinic outside Greater Melbourne will be required to wear a mask.
  • Any person entering your practice needs to sign in via the Service Victoria QR code service from Friday.

For further details about the additional COVIDSafe settings taking effect at 6m tonight, please visit https://www.premier.vic.gov.au/additional-covidsafe-measures-keep-victorians-safe


COVID-19 vaccination joint statement from the 15 National Boards and Ahpra

A joint statement from the 15 National Boards and Ahpra has been published about the National Boards’ expectations of Australian registered health practitioners and COVID-19 vaccination. The statement explains how the Boards’ existing regulatory frameworks apply to COVID-19 vaccination. This statement should be read in conjunction with the standards, codes, guidelines, position statements and other guidance published by National Boards including for chiropractors the Statement on the provision of health information which contains important information for chiropractors on vaccination and information sharing.

Vaccination is a crucial part of the public health response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Many registered health practitioners will have a vital role in COVID-19 vaccination programs and in educating the public about the importance and safety of COVID-19 vaccines to ensure high participation rates.

The position statement explains how the National Boards’ existing regulatory frameworks apply to COVID-19 vaccination and states the National Boards’ expectations of Australian registered health practitioners in regard to:

being vaccinated against COVID-19, administering COVID-19 vaccines, and providing advice and information about COVID-19 vaccination.

This statement will be found on the Chiropractic Board of Australia website here.

Western Australia – Update 25/3/2021

COVID-19: Update On WA Lockdown Information for Allied Health Professionals

Stay at Home and Closure Directions are now in effect across Perth, Peel and Rottnest, with these new restrictions expected – on the most recent advice – to last until 12:01 am on Tuesday, 27 April 2021. In line with the limited exceptions outlined in section 41J (ii) of the Emergency Management Act 2005 (WA), Chiropractic Australia is encouraging practitioners in the region to provide services via telehealth where possible over the three-day lockdown period.

Chiropractic practitioners in WA should also refer to the official directions from the WA Government for specific details regarding provisional exceptions for face-to-face service delivery permitted under the conditions of ‘essential health service’ as described in paragraph 41J (i) of the document accessible at https://www.wa.gov.au/…/20210423-Stay-at-Home-and-Closure-P…

Chiropractic Australia is committed to keeping members up-to-date and informed about the current situation in Western Australia, and will continue to update those affected as new details come to hand.

Victoria – Update 28/2/2021

Premier Daniel Andrews has amended the COVID-19 restrictions, pertaining to the wearing of COVIDSafe masks indoors. There are specific rules for different environments and settings, so please familiarise yourselves with the latest COVID-19 rules and regulations on the DHHS VIC Government website.
*Victorians need to carry a mask with them at all times, in the risk of need, as standard regulation. https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/victorias-restriction-levels…

Department of Health and Human Services Victoria | Coronavirus (COVID-19) (dhhs.vic.gov.au)

Victoria – Update 17/2/2021

Indoor limitations apply for the next fortnight, effective from tonight, 11:59pm. Masks need to be used at all times indoors and outdoors when social distancing rules can’t be adhered to. Please note: – refer to VIC DHHS website for up-to-date COVIDSafe regulations to adhere to, to keep Victorian’s safe https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus Any Chiropractic Australia member who has concerns or seeks further clarification, should contact the Department of Health and Human Services 1800 675 398.

Victoria – Update 15/2/2021

What you need to know about closing your practice during VICTORIAN State COVID-19, Stage 4 ‘Circuit Breaker’ Restrictions: An employer doesn’t have to pay an employee when either the Federal or a State or Territory Government or Officer makes an enforceable government direction that prevents an employee from working. This could happen, for example, where an enforceable government direction:

  • requires an employer to close down a work site or reduce staffing levels, and employees can’t work remotely, or
  • prevents a particular employee from working because they’re required to self-isolate.

In these instances, the employer doesn’t have to pay the employee, unless the employee takes paid leave. Whether or not the enforceable government direction prevents an employee from working will depend on the facts in each case. Please see below advice published by Fair Work Australia: https://coronavirus.fairwork.gov.au/coronavirus-and-australian-workplace-laws/stand-down-during-coronavirus

Victoria – Update 12/2/2021

Today, Friday, 12 February, the Victorian State Premier, Daniel Andrews announced a ‘circuit breaker’ action plan, in response to the current COVID-19 pandemic, state-wide, coming into effect 11:59pm tonight, Friday, 12 February until 11:59pm Wednesday, 17 February 2021 (inclusive). Advice relating to chiropractors can be referenced below: Essential workers: Any person who performs work that is essential for the continued operation of: j. the following allied health services:

  1. allied health services provided by allied health professionals working as essential workers in hospitals or in residential care facilities providing critical clinical care or as directed by the hospital; or
  2. allied health services provided by allied health professionals working in private practice providing essential care in through telehealth and other virtual care options;
  3. students, medical/nursing/midwifery/allied health on placement providing essential care in hospitals or in residential care facilities, or through telehealth.

The above excerpt has been taken from link provided below: *210212 – Table of restrictions.pdf (premier.vic.gov.au)

Any Chiropractic Australia member who has concerns or seeks further clarification, should contact theDepartment of Health and Human Services 1800 675 398 or Department of Health and Human Services Victoria | Home (dhhs.vic.gov.au) The CA office will be working remotely over this time. We thank you for your patience, understanding andcooperation. CA continues to liaise with the Department of Health and Human Services and will provide further updates, as these come to hand. CLICK HERE FOR PDF

Victoria – Update 3/2/2021

While changes were announced last night that apply from 3/1/21 that affect the public including reducing the limit on the number of people gathering in a household being reduced from 30 to 15, and masks being mandatory in public indoor spaces there were no changes to the requirements that apply to allied health practitioners. Allied health practitioners must continue to wear a disposable surgical mask when providing services. Masks must be worn for no longer that 4 hours duration before being replaced with a new mask. The only lawful exception for health care professionals not wearing a mask is for those professions where clear enunciation or visibility of their mouth is required, such as speech pathology and audiology. Administrative staff must also wear a surgical mask in public-facing areas.

West Australia 5 Day Lockdown Announced 31/1/2021

Update 2: 1/2/2021 Chiropractic Australia has referred to the Emergency Management Act 2005 (WA) in relation to the Stay at Home and Closure (Perth, Peel and South West Regions) Directions, Sections 61, 67, 71 and 72A, which was signed by the Commissioner of Police and State Emergency Coordinator, Christopher Dawson, yesterday evening at 6.12pm. The directions define essential health services as emergency surgery or non-emergency procedures and medical consulting undertaken for the investigation, diagnosis and management of conditions where failure to do so expediently and safely will lead to the following outcomes: (i) loss of life where appropriate health intervention would otherwise have prevented this; or (ii) permanent disability where appropriate health intervention would otherwise have prevented this; or (iii) where clinical evidence supports an increased risk… should appropriate health intervention be significantly delayed. Under the Act, essential health services means the following: Allied health services provided by allied health professionals working in private practice providing care through telehealth and other virtual care options. Update 1: 1/2/2021 Chiropractic Australia has spoken with a representative within the WA Department of Health who informed us that they are working toward updating the information available to allied health practitioners regarding what services can be provided during the lockdown, which applies only to the Perth metropolitan area, Peel and the South West regions. Chiropractic Australia will provide further information as soon as it is made available to us.  

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