For once, Victoria is in in a good place regarding COVID-19. Yet there are still restrictions in place. Please visit the Victorian Government website for all the current restrictions. At the present time:
- Psychologists can see clients in person (face to face)
- If you are seeing clients in person (indoors), both client and psychologist must wear a face mask unless there is a lawful reason not to.
- Surgical face masks need to be used in a private practice setting
- Allied health professionals in private practice should limit home visiting services wherever possible, and instead utilise Telehealth options
- Businesses must have a COVIDSafe Plan
- The COVID-19 – Personal protective equipment (PPE) for Allied Health in Private Practice setting guide was updated on 29 June. You can download a copy here.
Businesses in Victoria must now use QR Codes. Although previously not mandated for allied health, from Thursday 11.59pm 1 July all allied heath practices must commence using the Victorian Government QR Code Service unless a valid exemption applies. Valid exemptions include:
- Essential support groups and health services where confidentiality is typically required (for example, alcohol and drugs or family violence)
- Any work undertaken at a private residence
Businesses should proactively encourage customers to check-in and workplaces must use an alternative record keeping system when it is not practicable for a person to record their attendance using a QR code service, or where there is a technical access issue.
For those yet to register, please visit this website for step by step instructions.