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Stage 4 lock down in Victoria: implications for audiologists

On 3 August 2020, the Victorian Government announced restrictions for businesses under Stage 4 lockdowns in Victoria due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Under Stage 4 ‘Stay at Home’ Restrictions, the default is that workplaces in metropolitan Melbourne are closed unless the workplace is part of a permitted industry. All Victorians are required to work from home, except where this is not practicable. Sole operators can continue to operate, if they do not have contact with the public, or with people other than those persons living in their primary household.

The Victorian Government has made the following directions in regards to allied health providers, including audiology providers under Stage 4 restrictions:

Face to face service: Allied health providers can remain open for on-site work with a COVID-19 Safe Plan in the following circumstances:

1. All health services provided within and to support a hospital (public and private), registered community health service and publicly funded health services.

2. Community based services which are based on a referral from a registered medical practitioner (General practitioner and/or medical specialist). This includes all clinical and allied health services.

3. Community based services which are required to ensure the health, safety and wellbeing of vulnerable people, which includes people with disabilities.

Telehealth services: All services provided via telehealth will continue.

Audiology Australia is seeking further clarification about how these changes will affect private and community based audiology clinics and who is considered to be a “vulnerable person”. Further information and updates will be provided as it is received.

Please see here for more general information for Stage 4 restrictions in metropolitan Melbourne and how it will impact businesses.

For further information, contact Audiology Australia on 03 9940 3900 or email info@audiology.asn.au, and please refer to our COVID-19 information page here for resources, tools, guides and more.

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