Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) – Information for members

This page was last updated on 27 March 2020

PACFA encourages all counsellors and psychotherapists to continue operating as your services are essential for the mental health of the community. We will keep all members informed of available training, resources and other supports to assist you.

PACFA is working hard to continually monitor the impact of COVID-19 in Australia and we have identified the following issues of concern:

  • the risk of infection for practitioners working in organisations or in private practice, as well as risks to their clients
  • the impact on the mental health and wellbeing of clients and of the community in general
  • the impact on PACFA meetings and professional development events

We have compiled some useful resources below, which will be updated regularly to provide information to members and other stakeholders about the evolving situation.

PACFA Resources & Member Support

  • Member Resources Recently Added
  • Flexible CPD and Supervision arrangements during the COVID-19 pandemic – PACFA members are already able to complete 100% of CPD and Supervision renewal requirements via online technologies. In addition, t support our members during the  COVID-19 pandemic response, PACFA is assisting practising members to meet membership renewal requirements by putting in place flexible options for CPD and supervision. Recently Added

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Advice & Resources 

Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC)

The Australian Health Protection Principal Committee is the key decision making committee for health emergencies. It is comprised of all state and territory Chief Health Officers and is chaired by the Australian Chief Medical Officer.

The AHPPC will continue to provide the National Cabinet with regular updates and advice on a range of key issues throughout the duration of Australia’s COVID-19 pandemic response. 

See: Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC).

Coronavirus Health Information Line

Call this line if you are seeking information on the Coronavirus (COVID-19). The line operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Contact 1800 020 080.

World Health Organisation (WHO)

Australian Government – Department of Health

Australian Government – National Mental Health Commission

Australian Government – NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission Recently Added

If you are a registered provider for the NDIS, it is essential at this time that you remain subscribed to the NDIS Quality and Safeguard Comission’s coommunications.

Provider Alerts & Communications – Coronavirus (COVID-19) –  These alerts contain important information for NDIS providers about Coronavirus.

State and Territory Governments

Counselling & Psychotherapy Resources 

BeyondBlue

Black Dog Institute

CDC – Centers for Disease Control & Prevention

The University of Melbourne – Counselling & Psychological Services:

APS – Australian Psychological Society

Psychology Today

APA – American Psychological Association

Social Distancing & Events 

The Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC)

Travel Advice

Department of Home Affairs – Information on Australian visas and travel restriction

Workplace and Business Continuity Resources

Australian Government – Department of Health – Information for Employers

Safework Australia – Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Advice for PCBUs (persons conducting a business or undertaking)

 

 

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