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Essential services during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic response

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 keep all members informed of supports and resources available during the unprecedented public health response to the novel coronavirus, COVID-19.

In addition to the most recent announcements from Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Sunday 22nd March, some states have indicated they will move towards shutting down ‘non-essential services’. Many of our Members and Registrants have been enquiring whether they can continue seeing clients during this emergency.

As of Monday 23rd March, Health Minister the Hon. Greg Hunt has confirmed that ALL allied health businesses nationally can continue working and are encouraged to do so.

PACFA therefore encourages all counsellors and psychotherapists to continue operating as your services are essential for the mental health of the community.

Members are reminded to follow the available guidance for safe practice:

Practitioners could also consider moving your services to online therapy if that is possible, depending on your situation.

PACFA is currently putting together resources on how to deliver safe and ethical online therapy services. We are also planning to provide more courses and a new webinar on online therapy. Information about these options will be coming to your inbox very soon.

Members and Registrants are also invited to participate in a FREE webinar titled COVID-19 Response and Responsibility, taking place on 28 March from 11am to 1pm. This will be presented by the PACFA Research Chair and the College of Counselling Leadership Group.

Places are limited so register today at the Member Portal to secure your place.