Changes to PPE Requirements for Victoria

Posted on 3 March 2021
By Tegan Carrison, Executive Director, AAPi

As most of you will be aware, the Victorian Government announced changes to the restrictions for the public and some businesses on Friday the 26th of February, however information for private practice allied health was only updated late yesterday and we wanted to ensure we were providing members with the correct and up to date advice.

A brief summary of the changes and current requirements include:

  • Additional PPE requirements apply for Allied Health staff in Victoria. these include the wearing of disposable surgical face masks by allied health professionals (psychologists).

  • Non-clinical staff who have public-facing roles (ie. have direct contact and interactions with clients must wear a tier/level 1 disposable surgical mask, even if they are behind a glass petition such as those installed in reception areas. 

  • Cloth masks are not to be used.

  • Clients are not legally required to wear a face mask when receive care unless your practice is located within a shopping centre or retail outlet. However it is highly recommended that practice owners continue to request that their clients wear a face mask when entering their premises as part of their COVID-safe business plan.

  • Telehealth is still the recommended option if clinically appropriate.

We encourage you to read all the requirements in full in the following link, and please also ensure you download and read the two PDF attachments on this webpage (Industry restart guidelines and PPE document).

If you have any questions, please let us know and we will endeavour to be as helpful as possible in deciphering the requirements.

You are all doing an incredible job in responding to what feels like never ending and last minute changes, we are here to support you any way we can.