I have been following closely all of the announcements, declarations, interpretations, and advice regarding my ability to remain open during Stage 4 restrictions in Melbourne.
The summary of the advice that has been received is that as an AHPRA health practitioner, I am permitted to remain open. However, this comes with certain restrictions as the Victorian government seeks to minimise all travel.
The key point is that I am only able to provide treatment for people “if the absence of, or delay of this care, would result in a significant change/deterioration in the patient/client’s functional independence necessitating escalation of care.”
So what does that mean?
- Routine care treatments are not available
- Treatment is available if it is
- To avoid a requirement for specialist input/review
- To avoid an increase in care needs and/or alternate accommodation
- To avoid hospital admission or emergency department presentation.
Put simply, if your health is likely to suffer a significant negative decline as a result of not having treatment, then I am able to provide you with treatment. The determination of this is firstly with you, and secondly by myself as your practitioner.
In the short term, I will be closing my online booking calendar through the course of these restrictions. I am continuing to work through the additional measures necessary to be present for you in the clinic.
All appointments currently booked will be cancelled for the time being. If you feel the need for treatment then I ask you to complete this pre-assessment form. I will be offering limited in-person appointments only after direct discussion and determination of the level of need for treatment.
I have reopened telehealth consultations for existing clients requiring herbal treatments. Of course, if you have any questions or require any other support, then please reach out.