Sunday 18th October, 2020

Today, the Premier announced that “All allied health professionals currently operating will be able to resume routine face-to-face care.”

We are seeking clarification from the relevant government departments and Ministers on what this means. The announcement is confusing compared to previous discussions, announcements and written communication from DHHS.

The announcement in full  https://www.premier.vic.gov.au/sites/default/files/2020-10/201018%20-%20Metro%20Melb%20-%20Easing%20of%20restrictions%20.pdf

Extract:

Easing of restrictions from 11:59pm Sunday 18 October

“Healthcare, Allied Health and Social Assistance • Dental clinics, Mobile dental services to schools and AHPRA registered health workers and specified allied health workers: allow all allied health providers that are currently listed on the Permitted Work Premised List to return for full routine care (noting that telehealth remains preferred and indoor classes are not allowed).”

Why are we confused? 

We have tabled for you in the attached file, why we are confused by today’s announcements. [see table of confusion]

MA will, of course, as always, keep our members and the community updated.