Otway Chiropractic & Myotherapy Response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus) as of 5th April 2020.
I am writing to you today to update you on the current COVID-19 situation and how it is currently affecting our operation here at Otway Chiropractic & Myotherapy.
Under Stage 3 restrictions, allied health professions such as Chiropractic are considered ‘essential’. This means we will continue to be OPEN.
However Myotherapy is currently considered ‘non-essential’, and therefore we are not offering Myotherapy services at this time.
At this stage, all governments are encouraging allied health professionals (such as Chiropractors) to continue providing face to face care where this is necessary and appropriate. In a recent letter to all Australian allied health professionals, Dr Lisa Studdert (Deputy Secretary, Australian Government Department of Health) stated – “Allied health professionals are fundamental in meeting community needs in this evolving and complex challenge.”
You will be reassured that we are continuously receiving and reviewing advice from the Australian Department of Health, our registration board (via AHPRA) and the ACA (Australian Chiropractors Association) about the current COVID-19 situation, and that we are acting on this as soon as it comes to hand.
We are continuously reviewing and adapting our policies and procedures to comply with the federal government’s social distancing rules. Patients who have visited in the last week would have noticed changes to our waiting room in regards to the placement of our seats, marked areas to stand while waiting to be served, and no magazines or toys to encourage social distancing.
It is important to note, that our staff will continue to carry out of the necessary levels of hygiene as per required, and we will be carrying out any advised measures in order to decrease the chance of any possible contamination.
For those of you that have an appointment, we do ask that if you are experiencing flu of cold-like symptoms and have recently returned from overseas, or have been in direct contact with someone who is known to have contracted coronavirus to think of others and please call us to discuss rescheduling that appointment.
We are also encouraging patients who are considered high risk (people with chronic medical conditions, people 70 years and older and people with compromised immune systems) to also contact us in relation to your next appointment if we haven’t already.
We also strongly advise you to seek medical assistance via:
- Your local GP
- Your local Emergency Department
- Via Telehealth by phone, Skype or FaceTime
- Calling the Coronavirus Information Line on 1800 020 080
To help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other respiratory infections please make sure you:
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and water
- Cover your cough/sneeze and dispose of tissues
- Avoid contact with others if you’re feeling unwell
To keep up to date with information and advice visit health.gov.au, follow the Australian Department of Health on social media, and via credible news sources.