Although routine care is still not permitted, the DHHS has stipulated that you can currently receive treatment:
• to prevent a significant change/deterioration in functional independence which would result in an escalation of care needs (e.g. an increase in frequency of treatment needed, an increased need for prescription medication due to a significant increase in pain, or requirement for specialist input or review)
• to provide assessment and diagnostic services when care has been delayed as a result of Stage 4 restrictions, with any further delay likely to result in deterioration in functional independence or adverse health outcomes
• to provide services that are essential as part of a broader plan of care with a medical practitioner (e.g. if you have a GP Medicare plan).
As before, a GP referral is not required, and the 5-km distance of travel limitation doesn’t apply to existing patients. If you are a new patient and don’t live within a 5-km radius from the clinic, you might have to wait until the current travel restriction is lifted.
Once Melbourne reaches the threshold for the next step of the roadmap for reopening (hopefully by Oct. 26), treatment will be possible again for all aspects of your health care needs.
For up-to-date information on current restrictions, please visit: https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/stage-4-restrictions-covid-19
Nicolas Roost, Osteopath