Published: Tue, March 17th
Our thoughts are with all of you, and your families, as you do what you can to keep yourself and your loved ones healthy.
We appreciate that there are feelings of anxiousness as you try to make plans, buy groceries, navigate businesses and carry on as normally as possible.
Myotherapy Association Australia continues to advocate for our members’ best interests. We are liaising with our insurers to obtain their advice for you regarding this situation. We are developing a coronavirus FAQ for our members, based on your questions to us.
At this stage we ask for your understanding. We are currently experiencing an unprecedented number of phone calls and emails. We have a small staff and a limited number of telephone lines and will always endeavour to do our very best to answer your calls and respond to emails.
Some of you are asking if you should close your clinics. Unfortunately, there are no easy answers. Your decision should take into account current government advice, your financial situation, client expectations, your own health and best practice measures. I have provided some links on best practice measures below.
We are working together with other allied health provider groups to obtain updated guidance and advice from the Department of Health that focuses on the specific needs of allied health in primary practice.
On Monday, the Prime Minister announced new measures. Please note that, at this stage, these measures do not include schools, universities and workplaces, or prevent the operation of public transport.
The current advice for health care workers is contained here. It answers questions such as:
- can staff go to work?
- what should I tell my staff?
- what precautions should I take when cleaning?
- can food and water spread coronavirus?
- how can we help prevent the spread of coronavirus?
- more information?
We hope you will appreciate that we are not public health experts. Just like everyone else, we are relying on the advice of the experts. The situation in Australia, and internationally, is constantly evolving. With it, official advice to citizens is developing rapidly. We advise you to monitor the Department of Health’s official website regularly (it is currently being updated daily.)
The MA Board and CEO are meeting this evening and will inform our members tomorrow of decisions that may impact you and your membership obligations as a result of this health crisis.
You can find more information here:
- Good hygiene is in your hands
- Government response to the COVID-19 outbreak
- Coronavirus (COVID-19) health alert
- What you need to know about coronavirus (COVID-19)
- Coronavirus (COVID-19) resources for health professionals, including aged care providers, pathology providers and healthcare managers
- Coronavirus (COVID-19) information for health care and residential care workers
- Coronavirus (COVID-19) information for clinicians
- Coronavirus (COVID-19) advice for the health and aged care sector
- Government’s Economic Response to the Coronavirus
We appreciate your patience in these trying times and are here to support you in the best capacity we can.
MA Board of Directors