COVID-19 Update for PACFA Members: Further easing of restrictions across Victoria

On Sunday 8th November Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews announced the further easing of COVID-19 restrictions. The new arrangements, which came into effect from 11:59pm on 8 November, bring metropolitan Melbourne in line with regional Victoria under the Third Step of the Roadmap to Reopening and remove the “ring of steel” between metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria, allowing unrestricted travel within the state for the first time since August 2nd.

PACFA members should note that while the latest lifting of restrictions includes more generous allowances for indoor and outdoor group gatherings in a variety of settings, strict restrictions on the provision of indoor group therapy by Allied Health providers remain in place.  

The updated Industry Restart Guidelines for Allied Health And Other Primary Health Services state that Indoor group therapies are currently permitted in Victoria only for the indications of “preventing significant functional decline or pre/post elective surgery care (within density quotients and maximum group numbers)”.

For further details on all current restrictions and industry-specific COVIDSafe Principles for Allied Health providers, please refer to the current (November 2020) version of the Industry Guidelines, now available to view and download HERE.  

Updated information for the Health & Social Services Sector on the implications of restrictions under each stage of the Roadmap to Recovery is also available on the DHHS Website.

PACFA advises all our Victorian members to refrain from providing indoor group therapy under Step Three Restrictions and ensure that you continue to operate in accordance with COVIDSafe Principles, and that there is a COVIDSafe Plan in place for your place of business.

The latest advice received by Allied Health Professions Australia (AHPA) is that restrictions on the provision of indoor group therapies by Allied Health providers will be lifted under the Final Step in the Roadmap to Reopening, which is currently expected to come into effect across Victoria from 11:59pm on November 22nd.

Congratulations to all our Victorian members for being part of a sustained community commitment that has achieved remarkable results and earned praise from international experts for its effectiveness in curbing the transmission of COVID-19 and saving lives.