UPDATE from DHHS
Dear Victorian members
Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work through the impact of stage 4 restrictions on private allied health services.
Donna and I are liaising with the Public Health team to provide you with further clarity regarding essential services and how these can be delivered.
At this point in time, the directions for the stage 4 restrictions are still being written. Please be assured that as soon as these are known we will communicate with you immediately. We are acutely aware that you will be fielding many queries in relation to this matter.
In the interim, all private allied health practitioners should follow the following revised PPE guidance issued by the department on 1 August;
- All healthcare workers in Victoria involved in treating patients/client must wear a Tier/Level 1 disposable surgical mask and eye protection.
- Masks and eye protection can be worn up to a maximum of 4 hours, unless damp/soiled or completing aerosol generating procedures. Gloves must be changed between every patient/client.
- Non-clinical staff (i.e. receptionists and practice managers) must wear a Tier/Level 1 disposable surgical mask whilst at work. Cloth masks are not appropriate.
- Higher levels of PPE (i.e. P2/N95 masks) should not be worn unless completing tasks of higher risk of exposure.
We are recommending that all practitioners purchase a reusable face shield to ensure that they and their patients/clients remain safe. We hope to have a list of eye protection/face shield product distributors available for you shortly.
We have also drafted a private practice allied health PPE fact sheet and will share this as soon as it is available.
We look forward to communicating more with you as soon as we can.
Donna and Sharon
Adj Assoc Prof Donna Markham
Chief Allied Health Officer