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.
– 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.
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:
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:
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:
Any person who performs work that is essential for the continued operation of:
j. the following allied health services:
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.
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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.
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.