Coronavirus (COVID-19) reopening roadmap for Metropolitan Melbourne and Regional Victoria

Thursday 10 September 2020

Allied Health Professions Australia (AHPA) today met with the Victorian Chief Allied Health Officer and representatives from the Department of Health and Human Services to seek further clarification in relation to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) reopening roadmap for Metropolitan Melbourne (https://www.vic.gov.au/coronavirus-covid-19-restrictions-roadmap-metro-melbourne). Unfortunately, at this time there is no further official guidance and we are continuing to wait for details, which we understand will be available next week. 

However, based on our discussions to date it is our understanding that restrictions remain at their current levels for an additional 14 days from the 14th of September to the 27th of September. We encourage providers to contact clients with bookings over the next 14 days that do not meet the current definitions outlined in the permitted workplaces guidance (https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/health-care-and-social-assistance-restrictions-covid-19) to reschedule appointments appropriately. 

We are cautiously optimistic that restrictions will be eased slightly from the 28th of September, however we will provide further updates early next week or whenever further information is available.

We also understand that guidance on student clinical placements issued by DHHS on the 14th of August (https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=&ved=2ahUKEwii1eGm9t3rAhVIfisKHbGiAP0QFjABegQIAhAB&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.dhhs.vic.gov.au%2Fstudent-clinical-placements-updated-guidance-notes-14-august-2020-0&usg=AOvVaw1QGZS-cJwG_3_6NRJ2sj-H) remains current, and the department will advise if/when there is any update available.

Allied health businesses in regional Victoria remain under Stage 3 restrictions and should expect to remain under similar restrictions for now. We expect further information about potential easing of those requirements as part of the regional roadmap to come next week.

We thank and acknowledge our members for their ongoing support for the community and their diligence in managing the tough balance between maintaining client health of their clients and reducing potential exposure to Covid-19.

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