The below guidance is based on information provided by State and Territory Governments, which Chiropractic Australia understands to be correct as at the time of publication. However this is the interpretation of Chiropractic Australia, the information may be subject to change and we will update our guidance accordingly should this be the case. If you require specific clarification and further details regarding the current restrictions, please visit your local State or Territory Government website.
The lockdown in Victoria will continue until 11:59pm, July 27, 2021 – all conditions remain the same at this point in time. You can find the full details of the restrictions here.
15/06/2021 – Snap Lockdown in Victoria
A snap 5-day lockdown has just been announced for Victoria – going into effect as of 11:59pm tonight, July 15, 2021 – and these settings are expected to be in place until 11:59pm on Tuesday July 20, 2021. You can find the full details of the restrictions and you can access the full Table of Restrictions here.
According the document above, Allied health 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 are classifed as authorised workers.
In addition to the above conditions pertaining to the provision of allied health services, it should also be be noted that face masks must be worn indoors at all times (except at home) and outdoors when it’s not possible to physically distance.
09/06/2021 – Easing of Circuit Breaker Restrictions in Victoria
Chiropractic Australia welcomes the announced easing of restrictions in Victoria – effective as for 11:59pm on Thursday 10 June, 2021 – and the ability for Victorian Chiropractors to return back to work at this time. You can see the full Statement from the Acting Premier here and you can access the full Table of Restrictions here.
27/05/2021 – 7-day Circuit Breaker Restrictions in effect across Victoria
11.59PM THURSDAY 27 MAY to 11.59PM THURSDAY 3 JUNE 20217-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 click here.
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).
25/05/2021 – 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.