Victoria announces the reintroduction of Stage Three restrictions in identified hotspots. What does it mean for your practice?

July 5, 2020 - 4 minutes read

Source https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/stay-home-restricted-postcodes-covid-19

KEY POINTS

From 11:59pm Wednesday 1 July 2020 if you live in the following postcodes and suburbs, Stage 3 Stay at Home restrictions will apply and The Victorian Government is directing people who live in these postcodes to stay at home to slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19):

  • 3012 – includes Brooklyn, Kingsville, Maidstone, Tottenham, West Footscray
  • 3021 – includes Albanvale, Kealba, Kings Park, St Albans
  • 3032 – includes Ascot Vale, Highpoint City, Maribyrnong, Travancore
  • 3038 – includes Keilor Downs, Keilor Lodge, Taylors Lakes, Watergardens
  • 3042 – includes Airport West, Keilor Park, Niddrie, Niddrie North
  • 3046 – includes Glenroy, Hadfield, Oak Park
  • 3047 – includes Broadmeadows, Dallas, Jacana
  • 3055 – includes Brunswick South, Brunswick West, Moonee Vale, Moreland West
  • 3060 – includes Fawkner
  • 3064 – includes Craigieburn, Donnybrook, Mickleham, Roxburgh Park, Kalkallo

From 11:59pm Saturday 4 July additional postcodes will be restricted:

  • 3031 – includes Flemington, Kensington
  • 3051 – includes Hotham Hill, North Melbourne

If you live in one of these suburbs there are only four reasons you can leave home:

  • To shop for food and essential goods and services.
  • For care or compassionate reasons (for example, this includes shared parenting obligations or providing care and support to an unwell, disabled, elderly or pregnant friend or relative).
  • Exercise.
  • For work or study – if you can’t do it from home.

If you live outside of these postcodes:

You can only visit a restricted postcode for four reasons: shopping for food and supplies, care and caregiving, exercise, and study or work – if you can’t do it from home.

If you need to travel through one of the restricted postcode areas, you can.

If you work within a restricted postcode, you may continue to do so if you choose, however you are encouraged to continue to maintain the same precautions as prescribed from the beginning of this pandemic relating to physical distancing, maintain high standards of hygiene and infection control and if you have not done so already, consider wearing masks whilst treating and providing masks for patients as an option.

Always evaluate your patient lists carefully and encourage consultation via telepractice where appropriate. See our telepractice guidelines here.

If you work outside a restricted postcode and treating patients from one of the hotspot areas, it is strongly encouraged that you discuss with them the option of remote consultations and postpone their face to face appointment if possible. Carefully evaluate every patient, regardless of their postcode and consider if a face to face appointment is absolutely necessary, provide to them the option of a remote/telepractice appointment.

If it is determined that a remote consultation does not suit and your choice is to provide services to patients from hot spots, encourage them to use the Covid Symptom Checker online tool, download the CovidSafe App and check their temperature upon arrival and always use pre-screening procedures as the Association has previously encouraged [view here].

Additional Resources can be found at:
The government has released information sheets to assist healthcare workers. All practices should comply with the recommendations in these documents: