It has been quite the whirlwind over the past two weeks for many allied health practitioners, as most of us provide treatments requiring physical contact with our clients. During this unprecedented time, it is easy to become panicked and confused by media coverage so I have spent a great deal of time going through the Department of Health recommendations to bring you the latest information. The most recent press conference given by the Deputy Chief Medical Officer on the 28th March, gave some clarity as to where we, as practitioners, stand in the current situation.
Is acupuncture considered an essential service?
Currently, yes. All acupuncturists are registered with AHPRA and are therefore considered allied health practitioners by the federal government. The Dept of Health has stated that we need allied health practitioners to keep people well, this includes both physical and mental health. We are all doing our bit to keep people out of hospitals, and now that elective surgery is not available, the need for pain management services, such as acupuncture, is essential. Due to current circumstances, people are experiencing unprecedented levels of stress, in almost all sectors of their lives, and acupuncture is used extensively to regulate and manage stress.
How we are working to keep you safe
All practitioners and staff within the clinic have completed the new government training on infection control. We are not allowing any patients into the clinic who have had the following:
- sore throat
- shortness of breath
- any overseas travel within 14 days
- contact with someone diagnosed with or suspected of having Covid -19
We are also advising that if you are unwell to stay home.
We have minimised the number of people in the reception area by asking that people either wait in their car or outside until their appointment time. Acupuncture clients are asked to turn up at their designated time and can proceed directly into the treatment room. After each client the face hole of the table is cleaned thoroughly and fresh towels are provided. Surfaces are cleaned with alcohol based solution regularly. Hand sanitiser is readily available in the treatment room and at reception. Recommendations say to not wear a mask if you are healthy but I have felt inclined to wear one when I am working on the upper body. Once the acupuncture needles are in, social distancing is practiced.
Treatment strategies to help you get through this
I will be available for person to person treatments for as long as possible, and this will be determined by the Dept of Health and the State Government.
I will also be available for phone/ zoom consults to assist you in self treatment. There are lots of things you can do for yourself when you know how. This will be at a reduced rate or by donation, depending on your circumstances.
If you desperately need treatment but have found yourself to be unemployed, please do not hesitate to call me. If I can help you, I will.
As time go on, I’ll get more creative in ways I can be of assistance.
Take care and I wish you the best of health and a peaceful mind.