Update Regarding Restrictions in Metropolitan Melbourne

Further to our update this morning, we have now received confirmation from the Chief Allied Officer that massage therapy, remedial massage therapy and myotherapy are not included in the easing of restrictions – this means that you are unable to return to routine services at this time.

This is not the news any of us wanted to hear today and we are fully aware how devastating these restrictions have been for our metropolitan Melbourne members. At the end of this email is a table of support services that can be accessed by anyone who is experiencing financial issues, anxiety, stress or depression.

The Chief Allied Health Officer also recognises and acknowledges how difficult this has been for you, our members, since the commencement of the Stage 4 restrictions for metro Melbourne, and the impacts of the restrictions on the provision of care and services and she personally appreciates the valued services to many in the community. The focus of staged restrictions has been on ensuring public safety and controlling the gradual increase in the movement of individuals within their community, including limiting the number of health practitioners who may be providing prolonged interpersonal care and services.

The Chief Allied Health Officer has committed to keeping us updated and has also advised that at this point, it is likely further restrictions will be eased prior to a move to Third Step restrictions, which are stated to happen on or before 11.59pm 1 November, 2020.

As your professional association we will continue to advocate on your behalf to have you returning to work earlier than the next goal post that is set for no longer than 12 days’ time, and will communicate any updates to you as they arise.

Ann Davey,
Massage & Myotherapy Australia

List of support services available

Business and Financial Assistance

Mental Health and Anxiety

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

For those who require welfare support.

Business Support Package
Support to help businesses and workers during COVID-19.
Tax relief measures for eligible Victorian businesses impacted by COVID-19.

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

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.


A help support line for Victorian's of all ages.

A 24-hour crisis support and suicide prevention service.

MensLine Australia
Health and relationship advice for men.


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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