Stage 4 Update.
We are currently closed under stage 4 restrictions. The directives from the state government are clear regarding allied health professionals. We are also governed by our registering bodies which are AHPRA and ANTA. AHPRA have directed that registered practitioners may see patients during stage 4 only “to prevent a significant deterioration in functional independence which would result in an escalation of care needs (such as increased frequency in treatment, significant increase in pain, specialist input, or substantial increase in recovery time as a result of delayed care”.
There was an update last week to include two additional reasons why AHPRA registered practitioners can see patients face-to-face. These include assessment or diagnostics (for imaging or for the purpose of assistive technology) where further delay would result in deterioration, or to provide essential pre-operative or post-operative elective surgery care.
For non-AHPRA registered practitioners, the reasons for seeing patients remain mostly unchanged, in that they may only provide face to face services which would “prevent a significant deterioration in functional independence resulting in an escalation of care needs (such as increased frequency in treatment, significant increase in pain, specialist input, or substantial increase in recovery time as a result of delayed care) for those people who are on an endorsed care plan”.
To further clarify, this does not mean if a patient obtains a GP referral for treatment that they can see a non-AHPRA registered practitioner. They must have an endorsed care plan AND be presenting with a case that would otherwise seriously deteriorate, impact their ability to care for themselves and require specialist care.
If circumstances change and we feel is safe to return earlier we will let you know. In the mean time if you need any advice feel free to call on 9754 2062 or 0492 953 751 or email us. You may contact your practitioner directly:
Anne MacFarlane: 0401 655 722
Dr Caroline Alison Nichols TCM: 0404204434 email@example.com
Merrin Hamilton: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr Melanie Doyle/Hunt email@example.com