Clear the Confusion - One Clear Definition for Permitted Healthcare Services
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There is currently widespread confusion in the massage and myotherapy industry after recent government announcements shutting down 'non-essential services'.
Unfortunately, there has been no clear, national definition of permitted healthcare services. Some States and Territories have adopted the Commonwealth’s unclear wording. Other States and Territories have provided their own, clearer definitions. The national approaches are summarised in Attachment 1.
This is resulting in unnecessary fear and confusion in the community. This is exacerbated by police across Australia visiting legitimate remedial massage clinics and warning them to shut down or be fined.
We urge the Commonwealth, State and Territory governments to adopt one single, clear definition of health professions permitted to operate on an in-person basis under the current COVID-19 restrictions. We have provided three possible definitions below.