Updated Victorian PPE Guidance
The Association has received updated advice from the Department of Health and Human Services regarding PPE usage for Victorian practitioners. It is now recommended but not required that massage therapists, remedial massage therapists and myotherapists wear face masks while treating.
Please also note the following recommendations:
- The department recommends that all healthcare workers should utilise a disposable, Tier/Level 1 surgical mask when directly treating clients.
- Practitioners should not use face shields as a substitute to mask wearing. If a face shield is to be worn, this should be in combination with a mask.
- Unless indicated by a higher risk of potential exposure, P2/N95 masks should not be worn for ‘Tier 1 level’ clients consultations/interactions.
- Unless soiled or damp, practitioners may wear a mask or surgical gown up to a maximum of four hours.
- A surgical mask should be worn in all client-facing areas, but not in private offices or non-client facing areas where physical distancing can be maintained.
- Non-clinical staff who have public-facing roles (i.e. have direct contact and interactions with clients) should wear a Tier/Level 1 surgical mask. This is irrespective of the use of a face shield or glass partitions in public facing areas. Cloth masks are not to be used.
- Non-clinical staff must maintain appropriate physical distancing from clients and members of the public.
- Clients are not legally required to wear a face mask when receiving care/services. However, it is highly recommended that practice owners continue to request that their clients wear a face mask when entering their premises, as part of the provisions of their COVID-safe business plans.
Massage & Myotherapy Australia will continue to monitor the situation and notify members of any further changes to directions.