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Metropolitan Melbourne Update on Health Services During the Second Step

A letter delivered to the Association by Victorian Chief Allied Officer Donna Markham has indicated that remedial massage and myotherapy will not be opening more widely when metropolitan Melbourne enters the Second Step of its Roadmap to Recovery, which is due to occur on 28 September 2020. Full details will be released by the Department of Health, hopefully in the coming days, and the Association is currently advocating on behalf of members to be able to treat clients.

In a briefing the Association attended yesterday, Victorian Chief Allied Officer Donna Markham stated that while the Second Step of their Roadmap to Recovery was a gradual easing of restrictions, it is still very focused on restricting movement.

The Department of Health have reiterated that health care providers, with the exception of indoor group classes, will be allowed to open more widely in the Third Step, which is due to occur on 26 October 2020. We will notify members when official notification is received.

These are difficult times for everyone and the Association will continue to advocate on behalf of members and keep you informed of any updated facts as they are provided to us.

*To read the letter supplied by Donna Markham click here. Please note that it outlines no real changes to the current working status of remedial massage therapists or myotherapists.*

List of support services available

The Association understands that this is an incredibly difficult time for Victorian members. Below is a list of support services that can be accessed at this time for anyone who is going through financial hardship or are experiencing anxiety, stress or depression.

Additionally, last Sunday the State Government announced a new round of Business Support Fund Grants to assist Victorian businesses that are struggling or have been forced to close due to COVID-19 restrictions. Applications will be open soon. Support has also been announced for sole traders, with more details coming at a later date. More information about the support package can be found here.

Business and Financial Assistance

Mental Health and Anxiety

JobKeeper
Where you can apply for the Government's JobKeeper Stimulus Package (information for sole traders can be found here).

JobSeeker
For those who require welfare support.

Business Support Package
Support to help businesses and workers during COVID-19.

Business.gov.au
Tax relief measures for eligible Victorian businesses impacted by COVID-19.

Australian Taxation Office (ATO)
Tax assistance for those struggling through adversity.

MoneySmart
For those who require financial support.

Beyond Blue
Support for those dealing with depression, anxiety and other mental health issues.

Black Dog Institute
Resources for anxiety and stress caused by COVID-19.

Other

National Coronavirus Helpline
A 24-hour a day number to call for COVID-19 questions or concerns.

Fair Work Ombudsman
If you feel you have been unfairly dismissed from work.

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