COVID-19 - Coronoa Virus - Clinic Update
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Chiropractors, Osteopaths, Physiotherapists, Acupuncturists and Chinese Medicine Practitioners are Registered with the Australian Health Provider Registry and are considered as Primary Care Practitioners.
Primary care practitioners have a role in providing health treatment and advice at the initial stage of injury and disease.
This is important in normal times as it allows people to attend these clinics to deal with general injuries and problems that do not need hospital Emergency medical responses.
These health practices play a role in reducing the work load of the GP clinics and Hospital Emergency Departments.
As such these clinics are deemed as essential services in this time of crisis.
We will, as allowed, continue to be open to assist the community in managing their injuries and pain and offering education regarding health issues.
We are very concerned about the health and safety of our clients and staff and their families, so to help improve the safety and minimise risks we continually monitoring the Government and official Medical advice.
Minimising risk of disease transmission has always been part of the requirements to run an Allied Health Practice. Regular health and safety inspections are carried out by the council health inspectors.
The current pandemic has called for some additional measures to really try to clamp down on risk of spread.
We have added additional procedures to assist with reducing the risks.
Social distancing is a big part of minimising risks - but Primary Health Care services often need to use touch to be effective.
Hands on treatment is not a violation of social distancing as the health practitioners have been trained in how to practice good hand hygiene and this helps to minimise risks.
You will see though that there are other measures in place to help you maintain social distance.
We also can offer telephone and video call appointments for those consultations that do not require hands on therapy.
To help everyone minimise risks we ask the following:
- If you have travelled overseas or interstate in the last 14 days you must not attend the clinic. The current restrictions state that you need to be in quarantine at home for at least 14 days even if no symptoms are apparent. If in doubt call us first.
- If you are feeling unwell with symptoms of fever, sore throat, cough, shortness of breath or other flu like symptoms - call prior to attending the clinic. It may be best to stay home, we can do a telephone consultation if you are wanting health advice.
- If you have been in close contact or are caring for a confirmed COVID-19 case you must not attend the clinic. The current restrictions state that you need to be in quarantine at home for at least 14 days even if no symptoms are apparent. If in doubt call us first.
- Only one person in the standard treatment room with the practitioner at a time. Please inform us in advance if an interpreter or second person is needed to help/supervise so we can take steps to ensure a larger room is available.
- Please clean your hands before and after attending the clinic, refrain from touching your face while out in public, cough into your elbow, and avoid touch with those that you do not share a house with. Continue to follow the 1.5m rule while out in public.
- Be nice to each other, smile when you see people, offer to provide assistance to people that you know who are isolated and alone. Remember to ring people and talk or video call. This will help everyone feel more calm and relaxed.
If you have any questions or concerns please call us 08 8346 3495