NSW COVID-19- Mask Update

Posted on 2 March 2022

We have been receiving many questions regarding the use of face masks in a private practice setting in NSW.

The Chief Allied Health Officer for NSW has confirmed with AAPi that currently there is not a mandate for face coverings for private practice psychology clinics unless they are in a designated facility. Face masks are still mandatory in some settings such as public and private hospitals, as well as residential aged care facilities. You can read more about face masks requirements here and the Public Health Order here.

We understand there has been some confusion regarding the term private health facilities in the Public Health Order. We have clarified with the Chief Allied Health Officer that this applies to private hospitals and other similar facilities which have been defined under the  Private Health Facilities Act 2007 rather than a typical psychology private practice.

It is highly recommended to wear a face mask to reduce the risk to the clients and practitioners.  

Private practices can request staff and clients wear a mask.

Useful resources

COVID-19 Healthcare Practices in the Community- Risk Assessment Matrix

 CEC COVID-19 Infection Prevention and Control

Please reach out if you have any questions. We are here to help and support you.